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    Default Subwoofer Advice Requested

    I have Polk RTi A5 front speakers with a DSW 440 sub. The sound is nice but sometimes i feel the bass is a little thin. I am not looking for wall shaking, just more presence. At first, I thought about getting a DSW 660 as that is one of the 3 recommended subs on the Polk web site. But I am also wondering if it would be better to get a second 440 instead?

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    You could go with a second 440 but it won't play lower. Would it be possible to use a 440 with a 660? Set the 440 up do do the mid bass and the 660 to handle the low stuff.

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    What's your max budget? There's several options available that can give you the bass you're looking for.
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    It is all about the diameter/size and how much of the air in the room is moved by the subwoofer.
    Get 15" Velodyne EQ-Max 15 Inch Subwoofer or two, after returning your current DSW 440 sub, man.
    It will do your system Good!
    A very friendly advise.

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    Running the same combo here. After a whole lot of searching, decided on SVS PB-12 NSD. May want to give it a look.

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    Well I have an JBL L8400P is a 12" and does a great job in music with my Linn's. I am in the serach of a second at a good price for HT to use with the RTi12s.

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    Thank you. My max budget is about $1000.

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    I'd personally check out the HSU vtf-15 for one of the best subs under $1k. Epik makes good stuff too but have been sold out. I'd take HSU over SVS unless you go up to the PB12+ which is more than your budget.

    http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-15h.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Run View Post
    I'd personally check out the HSU vtf-15 for one of the best subs under $1k. Epik makes good stuff too but have been sold out. I'd take HSU over SVS unless you go up to the PB12+ which is more than your budget.

    http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-15h.html
    Nice advice here, we all need to remember that Epik is going the ways of eD... Or at least it seems that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyc1ark View Post
    Nice advice here, we all need to remember that Epik is going the ways of eD... Or at least it seems that way.
    Yeah learned my lesson there, still happy as hell with my ED sub and would have recommended it in a heartbeat otherwise. It's a shame.

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    For $80 more than stated budget and free shipping this is the routhe I would take...

    http://www.svsound.com/outlet-specia...&category_id=5

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    All I can say is with that budget do NOT buy a polk sub. They make great speakers, but the subs still just can't compete with the ID boys as far as bang for the buck goes.

    I love my HSU and second that recommendation. I would buy this http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2mk4.html and save the rest of the cash for something else. It will DESTROY what you have now, but is still very tight, controlled, and musical.
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    I would insure your sub placement is optimal. Is your sub between your speakers, to the left or right of them up or in a corner? Move them around a bit and see if any differences arise. If you place the sub in a corner try having it close to the wall then gradually move it out a bit each time.

    Also, play with the hertz setting with different types of movies and music. Consider a setting it between 50-80hz vs moving to 30 or upto to 125/150/180 ect..

    This is my limited knowledge suggestion.... So take it for what it is.... lol.
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    Also, don't forget about craigslist. Too bad you are not closer to Seattle, there seems to be a lot of gear for sale in that area. Several HSU, SVS, Rhythmik subs on there.

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/search...inAsk=&maxAsk=

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLDock View Post
    Also, don't forget about craigslist. Too bad you are not closer to Seattle, there seems to be a lot of gear for sale in that area. Several HSU, SVS, Rhythmik subs on there.

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/search...inAsk=&maxAsk=

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/search...inAsk=&maxAsk=
    Couple of those are Polkies...

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    Not a suprise...Polkies are everywhere!
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    WLDock- Since we are both in Indiana how about a road trip to Seattle. Seems like athat is the place to go to obtain our subwoofer needs.....lol
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    You COULD do this and have nearly enough money left over to buy an SMS-1....

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...e-HO-Subwoofer

    Oh and by the way, I've spent some time in Carmel and liked what I saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyc1ark View Post
    You COULD do this and have nearly enough money left over to buy an SMS-1....

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...e-HO-Subwoofer

    Oh and by the way, I've spent some time in Carmel and liked what I saw.
    Def would like to get into a DIY project but I am just unsure which on since the are so many!!!

    Carmel is a great place to live!!
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    Thanks to all for the discussion and recommendations. Lots of interesting choices and options.

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    Check out the PSA XV-15. $799. I just bought one for my media room and it is a phenomenal sub. 15" driver. I couldn't be happier with it. http://www.powersoundaudio.com/products/xv15

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Run View Post
    I'd personally check out the HSU vtf-15 for one of the best subs under $1k. Epik makes good stuff too but have been sold out. I'd take HSU over SVS unless you go up to the PB12+ which is more than your budget.

    http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-15h.html
    +1. I own the HSU VTF3-MK4 and love it. HSU makes good products and the VTF-15 is awesome.
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    Wasn't Clint Eastwood the Mayor of Carmel if my memory serves me correct.
    You guys in the US certainly like your elected officials to have acting experience, lol
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    Def would like to get into a DIY project but I am just unsure which on since the are so many!!!

    Carmel is a great place to live!!

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    Wasn't Clint Eastwood the Mayor of Carmel
    He was the Mayor of Carmel, California. That would have been pretty cool... That would have "Made My Day"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polkfan1017 View Post
    Check out the PSA XV-15. $799. I just bought one for my media room and it is a phenomenal sub. 15" driver. I couldn't be happier with it. http://www.powersoundaudio.com/products/xv15
    I'd like to hear one of those as well, they look like a great bang for the buck.
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