I'd like a sub...

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  1. PeteW

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    Afternoon all,

    Looking to add a subwoofer to add a bit of weight and warmth low down. I've not had one before so could do with some advice. It'll be part of a 5(soon to be).1 setup:

    Front: Mission 752
    Centre: Mission 75c
    Rear: Mission 751

    Would anyone be able to recommend something that would match pretty well?

    Any advice welcome.

    Thanks for reading,

    Pete
     
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    The joy of a sub is that it doesn't necessarily have to match sonically with the rest of the speakers in the same way a centre/rears do.... as you can see i use a small BK sub with a Dynaudio/M&K system.

    What budget do you have in mind and is WAF an issue.... i.e. can you go for a Monolith in terms of cost/size or are after something smaller, cheaper etc...
     
  3. PeteW

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    Thanks for your reply Scott_Mac - good to see another E800 user!

    You have very astutely identified a key factor. She can be a bit like this :devil: but without the grin...

    Please excuse my ignorance but would a budget of up to £500 get me something that that would last a good while?
     
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    a £500 budget would fetch something very good indeed. Take a look at some of the SVS sub's available. Although I've never used one myself I've heard great things about them!

    £430 for this SVS SB12

    That is an excellent subwoofer and would definatly be able to provide you with ample bass :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks for that - I'll have a look - also spending some time researching BK.
     
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    I've just ordered a BK XLS 200 for £289. I don't think I'll have it until next week. If you like I could post back with my impressions of it to let you know?

    Or they do the XLS300 which is just like the 200 but with an extra driver - one forward facing and one downwards facing. I was going to go for this one but decided to stick with the 200 because the room I'm in is really small, so doesn't take a monster of a sub to shake the walls :rolleyes:
     
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    Thanks Shadow - I would be interested to hear, from what I've been reading I'm sure something smaller than a monolith would suffice! The room is 4m x 3m.
     
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    :)Well my room is about 2.25 x 2.5m. I havn't measured it in a while so I think that's what it is anyway. I think the BK 200 will be more than good enough :)
     
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    People are fitting way larger subs in 4.8x2.4m garage conversions, so something of Monolith or PB10/NSD size and smaller shouldn't be an issue. It's just a case of how far you're prepared to go to make it work, or more to the point how loud you like it!

    If the answers are not too far and not that loud, then subs like the SB12/Plus and the new XLS-300/PR should be on your shopping list. They sacfrice the bottom 5Hz or so, but are a more room friendly proposition.

    Russell
     
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    Ordered mine tuesday should be here tomorrow
     
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    Sorry, I should have said the BK XLS 200 DF. I had an email from Tom at BK saying the XLS 200 DF will take a little while longer to get ready. He also said they manufacture all the subs to order. He said I should have mine early to the middle of next week :thumbsup:
     
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    Still love my E800 :)

    I think the usual suspects have been identified, the SVS SB12+ certainly wins on the looks factor and is quite dinky... i saved a chunk though as i really didn't need to upset my neighbours too much and bought my Gemini....

    If you can afford it, i think the SVS is the best option, if you want to save a bit the XLS200 won't lose you much (if anything) but will save you some money to buy her shoes, handbags etc... :D
     
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    I'll certainly give the SVS range a look, although I have to admit it's good to hear a British company getting such great reviews at really competitive prices.

    Is the Monolith-DF the BK equivalent to the SVS SB12+? Or do I understand from russ.will that the monolith is a bit more of a beast?

    Cheers.
     
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    You understand Russ? Wow, that's an achievement :hiya:

    The Monolith is a level above the SVS i'd say.... have a look at his pictures and see if you too could convince the other half to use it as a table.

    It's a far bigger unit, and consequently goes lower, louder etc
     
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    Just seen the size/weight of the Monolith! :eek:
     
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    The DF is a little slimmer - although taller. I'm still convinced I could squeeze a Monolith in. But I must admit - it's the times I'm not using the sub that I'm tempted. Whenever I'm watching a movie, the XLS300 impressed me a lot and I feel no need to trade up. It's very much different since it's run in - I'd recommend one.
     
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    Thanks Dave - i think that's where I'm heading at the moment.
     
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    The clue is in the name....

    mon·o·lith [mon-uh-lith]

    1. an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.
    2. a single block or piece of stone of considerable size, esp. when used in architecture or sculpture.
    3. something having a uniform, massive, redoubtable, or inflexible quality or character.
     
  19. PeteW

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    I did have my suspicions! Back to your first post - a very high WAF :smashin:
     
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    Git.

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    Thanks all for your advice. After a bit of debating and speaking to Tom at BK, I've just placed an order for the xls300.

    A little nervous as it's the first time I've ordered hi-fi equipment without an audition, but quite excited too.

    Any good tips for films to give me a decent introduction to its capabilities?
     
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    There is a link to a thread on Demo material in the FAQ sticky at the top.

    Scene 25 from Finding Nemo is a good one (Darla tapping the fish tank). Scared the :censored: out of one of my sister's friends at Christmas with that one :devil: Just don't turn it up too loud to start with, or rather don't let Russ at the volume control:D
     
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    War of the Worlds is pretty good, where the first alien comes up out of the ground.

    Note that the sub gets a lot better after a few weeks use. Mine definitely did.
     
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    Thanks guys - just reading through the 'best subwoofer moment' thread.

    10 days seems a long time...

    A great point Dave, how much running-in is required?
     
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    I'm not sure how much - mine was definitely better after a couple of weeks though. To the point where I feel like I wasted my time a bit trying to set it up when I first got it. Get it basically working with roughly the right gain but I'd leave any fine tuning for a few weeks.
     
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    I am also a fan of the E800 and Mission 75 series speakers. :smashin:

    Just don't tell Russell. He doesn't really understand these things. :D
     

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