I have a question. I have a pair of Dynaudio 1.4`s and a contour center and am in the market for a sub that is musical. I`m looking for clean tight deep bass. Any suggestions. ? My room is 12x18.
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In a small room , I would be cautious about introducing any subwoofer into the equation.
First and foremost, first try out any quality sub on a dealer or buddy loaner ... You may be surprised that it is a step back overall with a boominess or a wooley overemphasis simply because of room acoustics in a smaller room and restricted speaker placement alternatives.
Subs for HT are one thing, but adding a sub for quality 2 channel is a difficult alchemy. The good ones are all well north of $1500 w/o prejudice to the acoustic issue above.
It's going to have to be a sealed enclosure rather than a ported one.
Google the reviews,
Vandersteen 2Wq and ATC are two that I would audition ... In that order.
Google the forums for their testimonials.
E.g. The Vandy has three 8" drivers instead of one big one and its external crossover accessory is easier to tailor to the gear and room parameters.
Subs for HT are one thing, but adding a sub for quality 2 channel is a difficult alchemy. The good ones are all well north of $1500 w/o prejudice to the acoustic issue above.I pretty much disagree with each of these statements.
While it's true that movie soundtracks can tax a sub more than music, the goals for both are the same. SVS, Hsu Research and others produce high quality products and are good values. Much more expensive products can be just as easily setup poorly and yield dismal results. Sealed subs will tend to have lower group delay than ported designs, but many ported subs have a group delay of less than one cycle.
Regarding the small room comment... The issue is bass frequencies interacting with room dimensions. This happens in all rooms and it doesn't matter if the bass is being produced by the main speakers or a sub. The interaction happens at higher frequencies in smaller rooms than in larger rooms. The advantage of a sub is that you have more freedom of placement than with main speakers that can potentially compensate for room interactions.
The key issue with employing a sub is setup and not the design and not the manufacturer. High passing the main speakers is an advantage in many situations and utilizing room mode correction should be considered.
I second the REL suggestion and found that setting up my Q150e (10" 150
watt bought used for 200 bucks) in a medium sized room was easy. Move the
REL around until it sounds good, don't turn it up too much, and adjust the
crossover level to blend with the lower range of your mains. I'm not a fan of
"Room Mode" correction gizmos as they add extra wiring detours on
the music signal, impose some geek designer's opinion of what's
"correct" and can be a waste of money if you own furniture. A REL's
"high level" input utilizes the sound of your amp without bothering
the mains speakers (or the amp). Most REL users find that the ambient presence
of these (or any good sub) somehow "pressurizes" the room making
even bass shy recordings feel better. If setting up a REL provides "difficult
alchemy" you need to get out more.