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    Default subwoofer options help.

    while i am happy with the results of modifing my sony wm500 (mod podge, poly fill, placed on a marble slab), i am looking at different options for a new subwoofer. budget is sub 400.00 ish

    here are the options i am looking at

    1) SVS CS series, i have an onkyo m501 150x2 i can power it with, i assume, i can only power with 150 watts from one channel since it can not be bridged.


    2) HSU VTF 2, 399.00 was the price i think?

    3)Dayton Titanic/Vance Dickason kit, 349.00 shipped

    4) Adire Rava (a little over budget, but not bad 399.99 plus shipping)

    5) Another Sony WM500 and run both stacked would be best i assume. is this the best cost to performance option?


    i'm looking for opinions so i can make a better informed decision. all you guru's please chime in. am i missing any other options?

    I thank you in advance for your help.


    P.S. the room is fairly large, i dont have dimensions,but figure about 14' by 20' (open air into the dining room) with 10' cieling (ish).
    Theater - Polk LSi15, LSiC, LSi9 speaks, DIY Sub (142.5L box, SVS plus driver, 500 Watt plate amp)...Outlaw 990 pre/pro, Carver TFM45, 2 X Outlaw M200 . Rotel RB980 . PS3, Monster 3600 power center

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    I was in your postion about a year ago. I had a modded sawm500. I foolishly bought another because I could get a good discount. I have since given them away.

    My choices of the list would be 2 through 4. If you can build your own box I would recommend the Adire Shiva or Tempest and use each channel of the Onkyo for each 8 Ohm VC.
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    or look at av12 or 15 bad to the bone if you get these you will never look back
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    The Velodyne CHT15 went on sale again at CC for 499.

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    what is an "av12 or 15"?
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    did a search, and they seem to be drivers. can i get plans for any of these projects? would like to look at them and make sure i can undertake the task. I'm definitly a beginner at the DIY thing.

    P.S. thanks for the help to all in case i forget to thank you later.
    Theater - Polk LSi15, LSiC, LSi9 speaks, DIY Sub (142.5L box, SVS plus driver, 500 Watt plate amp)...Outlaw 990 pre/pro, Carver TFM45, 2 X Outlaw M200 . Rotel RB980 . PS3, Monster 3600 power center

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    The AV12 and 15 are sub drivers from www.stryke.com . They are very popular and I am sure you can find plenty of examples of different projects on the net.

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    after some thought, im toying with getting a driver with dual 8 ohm voice coils (will go best with the onkyo m501 amp i have 150w x 2, which can not be bridged). the shiva looks like a great choice. i will have to go with a kit for the enclosure, since my woodworking skills are marginal at best. i was thinking

    a) adire audio shiva (apparently on backorder)
    b) would this driver work if i decided to go 15 inches http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...=295-190&DID=7



    this coupled with the following enclosure kit.
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...number=300-729


    any input or thoughts would help me avoid costly errors, which would be greatly appreciated. thanx for the help in advance.

    the strykes did look like they kick ass, but the low impedance would not be a good match for the amp i will be using.
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    sono tube if you can cut a circl you can make a sub. also whar you save on the encloser you can get a good saw also the av15 will devestqate the other subs unless you get a tempest or a tintanic mk3 15in with will allmost hang. but go big or go home.
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    I am a plug-n-play individual, and would choose the HSU. I could make a subwoofer that doubled as bunk bed, but man, I have beer to drink.

    The aforementioned DIY designs are well proven and great performers. There is a huge amount of satisfaction in a completed, working project. You will need some more power to get into the "devastating" category. I am with GG on the go big statement, no doubt.
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    Kyle sells numerous kits for Adire and Stryke drivers at http://acoustic-visions.com/~acousti...rs/enclosures/ . The Shiva kit starts at $330 with driver and amp. You could also take the designs from Adires website and get someone to cut it for you.

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    Go with the Hsu STF-2.

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    the stf-2 is the one you can get at comp usa right?
    is it a good sub? its 10" and am wondering if that would perform beter than the modded wm500 sony i have now. i here good things about the HSU but never heard it. maybe a demo might be in order.

    if this is the sub i am thinking about, isnt it almost exactly like the vtf-2? with subtle differences. i hear goo dand bad things, the bad sems to be related to not being able to properly demo the stf-2 in a place like Comp USA. i believe it is 349.00 their? this does seem to be a valid option. The DIY option would be a complete no brainer if i had any woodworking skill :D
    Theater - Polk LSi15, LSiC, LSi9 speaks, DIY Sub (142.5L box, SVS plus driver, 500 Watt plate amp)...Outlaw 990 pre/pro, Carver TFM45, 2 X Outlaw M200 . Rotel RB980 . PS3, Monster 3600 power center

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    Make a note of the Foam surrounds on that driver. Look at this instead:Sub

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    The STF-2 is equal to a VTF-2 in maximum extension mode.

    I owned an STF-2 for a week. Nice build quality and cabinet finish. Sounded really fine on music at moderate volumes.

    Can't handle HT at more than about -20RL calibrated about 3 dB hot. At -15RL, it compressed badly and soft bottomed so I backed off right away. This is in a 2000 ft3 room 12 feet from the sub corner loaded.

    I can recommend this sub in a small room for music applications. I can't recommend it for HT in moderate to larger rooms - it simply can't move enough air.

    If HT is important to you and you want to stay with Hsu as an option, I recommend the STF-3 or the VTF-3 Mk II. That driver can move about 3.5 times as much air as the STF-2 (10" 8mm xMax vs. 12" 18 mm xMax) and will do a lot better on HT.
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    look for a kit from struke if you can screw in a few screws you can buld the sub
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