How much do you want to spend? Check out the SVS-SB-1000 at $499 free shipping and 45 day return policy. My friend has one and it is excellent and it has a real small footprint. Go for it !
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Agree with Yogiboy. But if you can spend an extra $150 the SB-12NSD might be a worthwhile upgrade looking longer term. The bigger question is how you plan to integrate the sub with your monitors since that will be key. I think the Velodyne (former SVS) integration unit might be very well worth a look for more seamless integration. If need be I'd buy the cheaper sub with the integration unit, but that's just me. Best of luck.
I bought a Sony SA-W3000 at Fry's for about $100 (open box).
It's not Audiophile quality but has a powered 12-inch
woofer and will give you more than a taste of what
Bass reinforcement will do for your sound.
I use it for Home Theater.
I use a B&W ASW650 in my "Big Rig" and it works fine.
The trick with subwoofers is to use volume sparingly.
Finally, I've asked Santa to bring me a pair of
Velodyne DD-12 + in black piano finish.
Yep, that'll do it...
Dhcod, you have a very nice system. Buy a sub which is built for music, not home theater. I went with a cheap model a few years ago just to see what a sub could do for my system and the end result was that all the detail in the bass was lost, the sound was no longer musical.
I think you need to be in the $600+ range like the SB-12NSD or a used REL or Velodyne.
There was an Audio Asylum member and speaker builder who built a subwoofer using a Home Depot plastic bucket (NO kidding!) and a Parts Express driver. According to all who heard it, it was pretty darn good. The build was easy to do and the cost was very nominal, less than $100. I think this is a the way I'd go if I were you.
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I had an svs sb12-plus, which got replaced with the sb12nsd. I really liked my svs sub. The build quality was fantastic and I liked the fact that the older svs12-plus had balanced inputs and outputs.
Ok, ymmv of course but what I learned from my whole subwoofer experience is that they were an absolute pain to integrate a single sub. I could always tell where the bass was coming from. Yeah yeah, lower the crossover, center it in the wall, blah blah, total pain. I believe I would have had better results with 2 subs. What I learned is that for the price of 2 nice subs ($1,000-$1300..?), you could spend the extra $ on a full range speaker and be done with it.
Also, when adding a sub, you'll still have to deal with suckout, humps etc. i really think that you'd be happier addressing your room acoustics; it's amazing how much more bass you can get from some bass traps and absorption panels.
If you do still go with a sub, I'd do a sealed design for tighter, more musical bass. I recommend svs. I'd also suggest buying something decent up front, and buy something that you can get another one of later if you decide to go with 2 subs.
Goodluck, and happy listening!
A good sub is a universally usable component. Buying a cheap farter will only turn you off. A sub/s with good EQ will blend seamlessly and resale easier if need be.
I bought a REL Q150e on Ebay for 200 bucks about 3 years ago. It's an older model, but perfect except for missing the easily repaired/replaced grill (still had the frame). I consider it the among most fortuitous gear scores I've ever made since it KILLS, so to speak. Seriously...in my little system it is just an amazing sounding thing and all I do is turn it up or down a little here and there. All for the price of a very expensive sandwich or 100 rolls of nickels.
Just a word of caution ... subs are speakers too! Don't cheap out too much. Matching a $200 fart thumper with your $5,000 main speakers might just work out fine, but if not, I'd blame the pedigree or implementation more than the concept. (For all of those who spent $200 or less on their subs which work wonderfully for them, please do not take offense. Not all $200 subs are made the same. I am not inferring about any specific sub mentioned in this thread.)
If not confident in your purchase, buy used so you can re-sell at little/no loss if you do not like.