Well, I recently upgraded from my h/k AVR147 to a NAD T754. The 147 was an outstanding entry level receiver, especially for Home Theater, when matched with an Acoustech H100 subwoofer. The NAD seems to be deceptively powerful and adds a LOT of tighter bass from the RT55 (x4) and CS400 (x1) speakers, but now the low end bass is too sloppy in comparison, and I have found myself lowering my crossover to 40Hz to avoid the sloppiness, when really, for my speakers, it should remain at 60Hz (or even 80Hz).
Anyway, I've decided I probably need a better subwoofer for music, and that seems to mean a sealed unit is preferable. I don't need better than the H100 for movies, but I need tighter low end bass for music listening. I've looked at HSU, at the same time as Rythmik, and some others. Here are the choices I saw, and why I have not bought one yet:
- HSU VTF3. Very big enclosure, at 20x20 on the front end, but it is supposed to be very musical. Still, with shipping, about $700 for the plain ugly black version. $900 shipped for the nicer wood veneer versions.
- Rythmik 12" kit. Probably about $600 with shipping, and no cabinet for that price! Almost $1,000 with shipping for the full version (with a cabinet).
- SVS. The only smaller profile sub is a 10" model. Probably not the one anybody would recommend, and it's vented.
- Epik Valor. It's out of stock, so no news on when it would actually arrive.
- av123. What looks like a great new model that is coming out for $400, but no news on availability, and it's vented again.
- Finally, there's the Fry's deal on the Polk PSW1000, which I've never seen recommended here, but the specifications look decent enough, with two 10" drivers and a nice cabinet.
That probably about sums it up! Could the Polk pull it off for less than $450 (with store pick-up)? I mean, would the movie performance be equal the H100, but the music performance be significantly better? It is not a sealed sub so it seems less than perfect, but the cabinet is probably very nice. Do I need to just bite the bullet on one of these and pretend that money doesn't matter? Any additional considerations?
Forgot this for the full cabinet version of the Rythmik 12":