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    Hey all,

    Im looking to build a friend a HT setup on the cheap. I will probably use hte R300 and R150's from frys for the mains since they are on crazy sale. But i need a sub. Id like to keep it around $150. So far i have heard of the Velo VX-10 and Athena ps-4000 something. Any other ideas for such a low price ? Thanks!

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    TV: Vizio VX32L
    Reciever: Pioneer VSX-D914
    HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A2
    Fronts: Polk R50s
    Surounds: Polk R30s
    Center: Polk R20's
    Subwoofer: SVS 20-39PCi

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    trick question?
    lol, just teasing.


    the only and i mean ONLY sub i've ever heard that is even remotely worth spending that much (or little, depending on monetary situation) would be any sony 12'' ported subwoofer designed for home entertainment. While not that accurate, they sure do put out some power (for a measly 120 bucks, therearound)

    that's the only thing i know of that may be remotely in your price range worth spending that kind of money on..AND you will want to upgrade after that too, so might as well just save some money on a decent sub.

    maybe a car oriented sub?? it would be a good experiment, ive been looking at doing the same thing, just to see...
    At Home:
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    Panamax 4300EX
    Polk RTi8's
    Polk CSi3's
    Polk FXi3's. (x2)
    Martin Logan Dynamo (x2)
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    stock system in new car for now:(

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    My parents have the Athena, it does a decent job. NOw I have ot done testing with it , but from what I have been able to tell it does the job, what more can you ask for in that price range.

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    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...ures/549100037

    Can't go wrong on this sub. Under a hundred bucks. I own one and it does a terrific job. Nice solid build and looks good as well.
    Last edited by Keiko; 09-27-2007 at 10:39 AM.

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    I don't think I have ever seen a Sony sub recommendation before..:p


    .but then again I have not heard one either. I would kick my budget up a notch and get a used something else. The sub is a pretty important HT element so you don't want to go too cheap.

    Velodyne

    Athena

    Etc.....

    If you are really strapped the Sonys are pretty inexpensive though.
    Sharp Elite 70
    Anthem D2V 3D
    Parasound 5250
    Parasound HCA 1000 A
    Parasound HCA 1000
    Oppo BDP 95
    Von Schweikert VR4 Jr R/L Fronts
    Von Schweikert LCR 4 Center
    Totem Mask Surrounds X4
    Hsu ULS-15 Quad Drive Subwoofers
    Sony PS3
    Squeezebox Touch

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    I have a DefTech ProSub 80 in my bedroom. I think used ones go for around $200 or so. I would check your local Craigslist for used DefTech subs. They may not be the end-all be-all musically, but even this little 8" BUMPS. It goes low, hits hard, and is extremely impressive for its size and price.

    This is due to its 250 watt amp, I supposed.

    Go used. $150 - $200 won't get you anything worthwhile that's new. Hell, even the PSW10 has a sticker of $200, although Polk wisely decided to just start giving them away. Comparing the new PSW10 to my used DefTech ProSub 80 isn't even funny/fair.
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    I don't have any specific recommendations for subwoofers, but I would second the vote to go used instead of buying new. I recently purchased a used subwoofer and couldn't be happier with it. With the money you save by going used, you can get a whole lot more bang for your buck.

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    i would have no problems buying used. whats good for under 200 used?
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    Surounds: Polk R30s
    Center: Polk R20's
    Subwoofer: SVS 20-39PCi

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    I have a Yamaha YST-SW010 sub 50 watts rms 100 watts max if your interested brand new only been out of the box for 8 minutes. ill take it for 90 bucks
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    I may still have a polk PSW303 in my closet. If the room is not to big, it will do a fine job. PM me.
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    Sony SA-WX700. Dual-10", 250W RMS, sealed enclosure. Amplifier circuit designed and built by B&O (Bang & Olufsen).

    JBL E250 or newer PB12 - ported 12" for home theater, 250W RMS.
    Panasonic PT-AE4000U projector for movies
    EluneVision 92" Cinema Gray fixed screen
    Onkyo TX-SR805 Pre/Pro
    Rotel RMB-1075 Amp
    B&W CDM1-SE fronts
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    Samsung DTB-H260F OTA HDTV tuner
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    I've heard a lot of recommendations for the Velodyne VX10 for $150 at Fry's. I have also heard many recommendations for the x-sub recommended above also http://www.av123.com/products_produc...s&product=12.1. And that Yamaha certainly seems like a viable option from the reviews, but at 45w it might be the "baby" of the bunch.

    The next step up new might be the Acoustech H100. Offer $200 "buy it now" on e-Bay and they'll accept (not $195) with $39 shipping and no sales tax. Let me know if you need help to find the seller's store (there should be one based in NV and another based in CA). This thing can really rock the house for $240.
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    I listened to the Velo VX10. I was not that impressed. It was decent, but it was sounded somewhat bloated. If you can find the old version (not the current version) of the Parts Express 10" nick-named "tiny mighty", it's pretty good for the $. I have one and used it for my bedroom HT. I believe it was $200 new, but you can find it used for around $100, once in a while, on HT Forum.

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I was able to convince my friend to spend a little more and i found a SVS PC local for $350. Good deal id say!

    -Jake
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    Center: Polk R20's
    Subwoofer: SVS 20-39PCi

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    So what came of all this? Did he get the SVS for 350.00?
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    sounds like a good deal on the SVS.

    To anyone else reading this for advice on a budget sub - stay away from the vx10 - at any price.

    If you can an older model CHT series on closeout, that's the option I would take for two bills.

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    Yea i ended up getting the original SVS PC for 350 local. Its working great.
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    TV: Vizio VX32L
    Reciever: Pioneer VSX-D914
    HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A2
    Fronts: Polk R50s
    Surounds: Polk R30s
    Center: Polk R20's
    Subwoofer: SVS 20-39PCi

    2CH Setup
    Integrated: Onix SP3 Tube
    CD Player: Sony CDP-CX355
    Speakers: Onix Strata Mini in PR Finish
    Signal Cable: Classic Speaker, Analog 1 IC

    Headphones
    Grado SR 60, Bang & Olufsen A8, Shure e3

    Other Stuff in Use
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    Acoustech makes great subs . .but they are spendy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffitz1 View Post
    Acoustech makes great subs . .but they are spendy.
    What do you mean by "spendy"? Excuse my ignorance, but I'm just not sure what you mean!

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    I'm considering the bic h100 subwoofer as well. Anyone here knows how it compares to the JBL venue sub12? They are both in the $240 or so price range.

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