I have an Acoustic Research ARS-P108 sub claiming 100W RMS @ 4ohms to an 8" driver with a couple very minor tears (like, razor incision) in its surround that I wouldn't think would affect short-term performance. Paired up to my receiver and RTi8s, however, it disappears unless cranked up/+10 to the LFE channel through receiver, and when it is cranked up the quality of the bass is... garbage. Just sloppy and a little distorted. I have a couple of questions:
1 - Is it possible the sub is working fine, and is just a POS?
2 - Is it possible the sub is working fine, but the RTi8s are providing enough bass in the 40-60hz area that an 8" sub won't help much?
3 - Is it possible the sub is not working properly, and a replacement driver should be installed/tested before writing it off?
4 - Is it possible it's not working, is and has always been a POS, and needs to be thrown into the nearest electronics recycling bin and forgotten?
The price was right on this (FREE!) so I was hoping it would hold me over until I graduate college next year. I'm in a smallish apartment with a smallish 16 X 13 listening room. Would one of the Dayton subs be a good place to look? Would the 8" help me out and be apartment-friendly? How about the Polk PSW110 - Amazon has some customer returns for $105, but I haven't seen any favorable reviews outside of their product page and no one here seems to be using one. Are there any other $100ish sub solutions that could do justice to the RTi8s?
In 2-channel stereo, I'm 95% happy with the RTi8s basscabilities. Every now and then I don't hear something I know is there and it bothers me, but for the most part I can't complain and, after all, I AM in an apartment and bass leads to eviction much more quickly than midrange.
So - Simple fix on the AR, Dayton, or Polk?