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    Default Looking for some Subwoofer advice...

    Have a budget minded setup in my town home family room...

    Fronts: Monitor 60
    Center: CS10
    Sub: PSW111
    Receiver: Denon AVR-1713
    Room: 19'x15'x7'
    Music 60% / Movies 40%
    Fronts set to small. Crossovers at 80, LFE at 125


    Really happy with my setup except for the sub. Spent lots of time calibrating and finding solid placement. However, the volume is rather underwhelming with movies and certain genres of music. L/R/C put out 85db at listening position while sub barely crosses 70db. If I mess with the gain on the sub or receiver, it begins to sound muddy.

    Would either a PSW505 or PSW125 be beneficial to my setup? Not sure if the PSW125 is any better because it has the same specs as my PSW111 but with the bigger speaker and could push a bit more air. Afraid the PSW505 may be too much "boom" for my space.

    Any advice appreciated... Thanks!

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    I'm running similar equipment to yours, in a similar sized space listening to music/movies. I can recommend the 550pro, tighter and not as boomy as the 505. $388 at Amazon. I'm sure lots of others will chime in with more ideas for you.

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    Polk's ebay page has a Micropro 1000 for $431.98. Downward firing, with a passive front, should work nice for both HT and music.
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    Thanks for the quick replies. I guess my initial budget is a tad lower than what many will recommend. I guess I assumed that with the Monitors at under $300 a pair, I'd be able to find a decent sub in that price range. The PSW111 was an old freebie with a previous purchase 5+ years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    Polk's ebay page has a Micropro 1000 for $431.98. Downward firing, with a passive front, should work nice for both HT and music.
    Actually, it is front firing with a down firing passive radiator.
    But a solid choice at that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    Actually, it is front firing with a down firing passive radiator.
    But a solid choice at that price.
    Should I not be worrying too much about 8" vs. 10" vs. 12" for my room size?

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    At $430, that mp1k is a fantastic sub. I used the mp2k for a bit and loved it. The difference between the two is built is auto calibration. You might be perfectly content with the 505, bit at that price, I'd take it all day over the 550. It can pressurize a room and sound damn good doing it.

    As far as quality subs, realize that you aren't just getting a speaker; you're getting an amplified one. The amp can play a big role in price.
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    Other sites seem to be high on the BIC and Lava subs... are those ones I should be considering as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    At $430, that mp1k is a fantastic sub. I used the mp2k for a bit and loved it. The difference between the two is built is auto calibration. You might be perfectly content with the 505, bit at that price, I'd take it all day over the 550. It can pressurize a room and sound damn good doing it.

    As far as quality subs, realize that you aren't just getting a speaker; you're getting an amplified one. The amp can play a big role in price.
    I'd like to clarify that I was talking about taking the MP1K over the 550 given the price differences. The 505 is a budget sub and will do fine with HT, but won't excel at music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrayzeeGuy View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies. I guess my initial budget is a tad lower than what many will recommend. I guess I assumed that with the Monitors at under $300 a pair, I'd be able to find a decent sub in that price range. The PSW111 was an old freebie with a previous purchase 5+ years ago.
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    Other sites seem to be high on the BIC and Lava subs... are those ones I should be considering as well?
    Personally if it was me I would keep your PS111 or go with either the 505 or the 550Pro. With that said you'll still be wanting for me. I purchased a 125 and ran it with my Monitor 60's and it was good, but I wish given the cost of the 125 (349) I had just spent a little more and gone with a Outlaw Audio LFM model of sub, or even one of the HSU Research subs in that price range.

    Polk makes good speakers, but their subs you really honestly need to spend some considerable cash before they become good. I am also not a fan of BIC or Lava, they are about on par with Polks stuff.

    Emotiva used to have decent prices on their subs which were quite good, but last I looked they jacked the prices up to where you would be again better off with an internet direct dealer like Outlaw, HSU or even SVS (but SVS is a bit out of your range from what I can remember).

    So if it was me I would take the cash you set aside for your sub, let it grow to about 450-500 and then purchase a sub to replace your PSW111. Until then honestly your going to get a little bit of a gain, but I dont think it will be worth the amount you'll have to pay to get it.
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    I'd go with the DSWPRO550wi. It goes on sale at Newegg quite often for $279 - $299 shipped. You can just go to their site and set a Price Alert on it - at say, $300 - and they'll send you an email when your price point is met. Then, you can sell your PSW111 to offset the price some.

    I have two 550s from Newegg and got them to replace my DSWMicroPRO2000 and 3000 while at the same time putting serious money back in my pocket. Haven't regretted it for a minute. The 550 pulls double duty (stereo and HT) very well.

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    Really liking the currently available discount on the MicroPro 1000 vs. the Pro 550. Is the MicroPro enough for my room size with the 8" speaker, or would the 550 sound better even though its more cost effective?

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    $431 is a great price on the Micro Pro 1000, but just so the OP knows that is a refurb. Same for the 550pro they have for $299.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado Red View Post
    $431 is a great price on the Micro Pro 1000, but just so the OP knows that is a refurb. Same for the 550pro they have for $299.
    Yes, the ones available from Polk direct on ebay are refurbs. The 550's that Newegg marks down to $299 are Brand New with full warranty and FREE shipping.

    I like the 550 better, no matter the size of the room.

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    +1 for the 550 or 660 from new egg.
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    Looks like I will give the MicroPro1000 a test drive. As soon as I ordered mine refurbished at $431, they changed the price to $539. It has to be an upgrade from my free PSW111 that was used with SurroundBars.

    If it doesn't do what I'm looking for it to do, I can always return and try out a Pro550 when NewEgg has them back at $299. I may have spent enough money in returning things to Polk in my lifetime to afford that $1,000 sub already!

    Thanks all for the fantastic advice. Feel free to keep chiming in with feedback!

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    Great choice! Come back after you set 'er up and let us know how you like it.

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    I really hope you like it. I'm very picky on subs and the MP2K was one of a small handful that I actually enjoyed owning. Still a bit sad that its gone, but I had to sell it to move up the audio chain.
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