As stated in my thread a few days ago, I managed to put together a pretty good sounding system for a pretty low cash layout. I ended up having a system that plays really clean down to a guess freq of around 60-70hz. Speakers are rated to 30hz but......I need a subwoofer. I had some idea's regarding what I was looking for; and most of them turned out to be fantasy. Bargains and clean 20hz playback are really never found in the same sentence. A long time ago, I had a powered subwoofer from Kenwood that I thought sounded good at the time. (I was younger and liked boom style bass) Now however I am pretty far away from that. I want quality reproduction of frequencies down to around 20hz at modest listening levels. No need for “reference” volume. If I want it as loud as a live band, I'll go listen to a live band.
So, after researching many subs to look for on the various bargain sites (used), I am seeing a distinct pattern of brands that stand up to the test of time and almost always are highly recommended for listening to music. Unfortunately for me, these brands come at a very high price. I almost puked while exploring the HSU Research website. They don't have anything that they would call “musical” under $900.00. SVS and Energy seem to follow suite. Hell, even Polk subs that are considered musical start at $700. Everything within a reasonable price range new seems to be aimed at home theater. I have no interest in home theater. My NAD integrated is only 2 channel anyway.
Anyway, it seems I am chasing a ghost here. I have found a few old Velodyne subs here and there but they are really old (1012 series) and are rated really low in RMS power. I have listened to systems at friends houses and am now convinced that quality really is important for music. They all had your standard home theater set up with the accompanying lower level Polk. Infinity or Boston 10-12” subs. They were fine when we were watching movies but when we tried music they turned into boom boxes.
My issue then is finding a sub that will cover all the lower frequencies; to anyone who doesn't know, a standard piano at A0 is around 27hz. Bass strings hit down around 30hz. So now you can see the problem. I'm almost ready to just accept the fact that I may have to actually spend a few dollars to complete this system. I guess I can look it from the point of view that I saved so much money on the rest of the system, I can now afford to spend more on the subwoofer. It just seems that old subs don't stick around. They have either been beat to death or just plain worn out. Not to mention, it seems when someone gets a good sub, they keep it indefinitely. So basically, I am open to any ideas anyone might have. Thanks for reading my rant, Alan.