Dual small subs or single large?

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  1. JD Smales

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    Hello all, I am wondering what sub set-up would be best for my system and room. I have a fairly small-medium sized space to fill. I would say medium. My set-up is going to be a Yamaha as500 amp, Yamaha CD300 CD player, Axiom Audio M22 v3 bookshelf speakers on stands, and then a sub which I am deciding on now. My budget is flexible, but roughly 1000 cdn. I have narrowed it down to either dual outlaw audio M8's or SVS new 2000 series sub, either ported or enclosed, not sure. So my question basically is what would be better, a bigger more powerful single sub or dual smaller powered subs? Do dual subs really make that much of an improvement? I want a well rounded system and the subs to blend nicely with the speakers. Here are the spkrs stats:
    SpecsM22 v3

    Enclosure: Vortex / Reflex
    Max Amp Power: 200 Watts
    Min Amp Power:10 Watts
    Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz): 60 - 20kHz Frequency Graph
    Freq Resp +3dB- 9dB (Hz): 50 - 20kHz
    Impedance (Ohms): 8 Ohms Impedance Graph
    SPL in Room1w/1m(dB): 93 dB
    SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(dB): 89 dB
    X-Over 3.5 kHz
    Tweeter: Single 1"
    Woofer: Dual 5.25"


    The sub and system is for music only. I gather there is no straight answer but thought I would ask.

    Thanks!
     
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    Single higher quality sub. You can always buy another identical sub later on. A SB2000 will be plenty for a music system
     
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    2x bk 400.
     
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    Dual over single every time what ever the size, but not at the expense of quality.
     
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    I think with a ~£500 budget I would be more inclined to purchase a single sub in this situation. Dual subs may be beneficial if your room is problematic but you will get more outright performance from one better sub.

    If you are new to subwoofer setup, getting two optimised may prove something of a headache. You would definitely need to measure your in room response to have any chance of making the most of them. I would still recommend room measurement for a single sub though. Try Googling REW (Room EQ Wizard).

    Adam :)
     
  6. JD Smales

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    okay thanks for the advice, I will go for a higher quality single sub first and then buy another to match later on down the road. cheers.
     

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