400-500 doesnt buy a good sub new so maybe try a nht or B&W used in that price range
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Well, I'd be interested in seeing what others suggest, but good, musical subs (as opposed to simple, theater appropriate subs) tend to cost more than the price range you have given. I would look for a used Rel, though again, you are going to have to increase your cash outlay for one.
Also, a key question is how big is your room? It is hard for people to offer sub recommendations with out knowing that.
I agree with the last post. Try to find a used REL or a used pair of Kinergetics subs. Those are awsome and because they are out of buisness the price has dropped enough that you may hit your budget. I don't recomend the B&W, it isn't fast enough. I am a B&W dealer too. As for "theater subs" that can sound good I like Energy. (Only the 10" and 12" ones)
I have to disagree. I just received a pair of Onix Rocket ULW-10s to pair with my upcoming Reimer McCullough GS speakers. From what I can tell so far, these little gems are tight, articulate and fast. I have good response at 25hZ and they have blended extremely well with the Ohm Walsh 2s that are my interim speakers. I hope I get as good a match with the Reimers.
Ok. I have no problem with good used-Audiogon! I have a studio apt approx. 25 x 35. I am basically looking to augment the bass-the quad's are impressive on their own but I've yet to hear a system that didn't benefit from proper sub enhancement. I prefer fast and tight bass as opposed to HT rumble boxes. I can go as high as $750.00 on budget.