For brand new - sealed servo Rhythmik F12. It's right at that price point.
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A little out of your "preferred" range at $1299, but it has so much going for it (Anthem room correction, plenty of power and it has wireless capability) I think it’s a sound investment (pun intended).
+1 for MillerCarbon and the swarm, I've always wanted to try getting 4 of these from Amazon to test that theory:
Under $800 for all 4 - even has high level inputs!
I use (and recommend) Rhythmik, but a pair of SVS sealed 12” subs can be had for just under $1k. You’ll get smoother response with a properly situated pair of subs than you will with one. The 2 x 12” drivers will play very loud with low distortion and the sealed enclosure ensures tight bass. They’ll play as low as 99.9%+ of all recorded music program material demands at high spl with low distortion
Since your room at 24 x 17 feet is fairly large, I believe 2 good $500 subs will definitely provide much better bass performance than a single $1,000 sub. 2 will not only provide a higher bass volume and impact capacity, it will also provide more accurate and detailed bass that will sound much smoother and natural which will work very well for all music types.
By far the best sub system solution I'm aware of, however, is the 4-sub distributed bass array (dba) system. This is often described as a 'swarm' system that was recommended by bstatmeister and millercarbon earlier. It's a concept based on scientific research conducted by acoustics experts Dr. Earl Geddes and Dr. Floyd O'Toole and advocated by the Research Acoustician at Harman International, Todd Welti, and the owner of Audio Kinesis, Duke Lejeune.
These dba systems are available from Audio Kinesis as complete $2,500 kits (Four 1x1x2 ft subs and a 1,000 watt sub amp/eq) called the Swarm and Debra. But custom dba systems can be created using virtually any 4 subs desired.
The main benefits of a 4-sub dba system are that it provides excellent bass response in virtually any room and integrates seamlessly with virtually any pair of main speakers, even fast speakers like planer-magnetic and electrostatic panels.
I use the Audio Kinesis Debra 4-sub dba system combined with a pair of large planar-magnetic panel main speakers, which only have accurate and detailed deep bass down to 36 Hz, in my system. This dba system provides tight, smooth,accurate, detailed, dynamic and powerful bass response in my 23 x 16 ft room that integrates seamlessly with my smooth, accurate and detailed main speakers. I consider the bass response of the AK dba system as state of the art and sincerely can't think of any aspects needing improvement, the concept really works that well.
So, my suggestion is to use at least 2, perhaps a pair of SVS SB1000 subs for $950/pr, for very good bass response or use 4, either 4 SVS SB1000 subs for $1,900 or an Audio Kinesis Swarm or Debra complete system for $2,500, for excellent bass response. Here's an Absolute Sound review of the AK Swarm dba system that contains a very good description of the performance to expect:
Many thanks to all of you for your comments and suggestions. I have decided to explore a single sub woofer for my system. I heard my speakers with a singles woofer a couple of weeks ago and liked the way it enhance the quality of sound that came from them. Although the Monitor Audio Gold 100 have a very nice sound stage, the sub woofer opened it up more. I will audition at the Defiance V and X series and likely purchase one of them. Again, thanks.