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What sub? beware - beginner question!

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by moby78, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. moby78

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    Hi guys

    I have only recently found this site and after looking through a few threads re: subwoofers I would like to ask your advice. I am looking to buy a sub for my sound system but don't really have a clue what to look for... my current setup comprises:

    Sony STR DB940 amp
    KEF Q series speakers (pair of Q8s rears, similar to a Q6c centre speaker and a pair of similar-looking Q7 front speakers although they dont have the lower of the two cones).

    When I get home from work tonight I will post the *actual* specs of the front and centre speakers.

    My budget would be a maximum of £300.

    TIA
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  3. Ian J

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    I agree with Mr Cat that with an absolute maximum budget of £300 the BK Electrnics sub should be on your very short, short list

    Until this morning I would have also included the Mordaunt Short MS309 but reported elswhere in the forum is that the MS409 will be along very shortly with an extra 50watts, a slightly larger cabinet and will still be within your budget.
     
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    Thanks Ian :)

    For referance to all- the 409 is the Genie sub which will be sold seperately for customers looking around at the £300 price point. It is worth a look as a standalone and we have let magazines know that we are happy for it to be tested on its own so people can get an idea of what it is like. At the moment they are all doing complete genie systems but once the dust settles, we may see some sub only reviews.
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    :offtopic: I know. Does that mean you can buy the Genies seperately then Tons?
     
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    Yes- think of it as a la carte :laugh:. I know that there are BK and other owners out there who wouldn't want a 409 even if we gold plated it and hand delivered the thing by page three girl. It also allows for 5,6,7 and 9 (yes I have been in contact with a customer trying a 9 channel genie) to be constructed easily.
     
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    cool, they look the business :smashin:
     
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    pics / links?
     
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    I'll take 2 :D
     
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    Page 3 girls or MS409 subs? :D
     
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    I know AVLand sell the Genies seperately here: http://www.avland.co.uk/speaker/index.htm

    Look through each speaker type and you will see the 400 series (the speakers used in the Genie set up) sold seperately.

    I'm not sure if Peter Tyson sell the speakers seperately too, but they are worth a look as well: http://www.petertyson.co.uk/

    Haven't seen anyone else selling the package seperately, if anyone knows someone who does, feel free to update me :)
     
  12. bob1

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    I go for the cheaper option. :laugh:
     
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    Those Genies look good can you get stands for them?
     
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    They look superb esp. in black. Would like to see and hear them live though.:D
     
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    There is a floor stand and the foot swivels around for a wall mount as well.
     
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    can't find them ...I'm prob looking in the wrong place
     
  17. moby78

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    Follow up: my speakers

    Front centre: Q95c
    Front L and R channel: Q35.2
    Rear speakers: Q85s

    I suppose its between the XLS200 and Mordaunt Short MS409 then... as a beginner what should I be looking out for? I notice on the back of my amp that the impedance is set to 8ohm... should I be looking for an 8ohm subwoofer as well?

    If you're wondering I bought all this kit from a mate who has left the country for work - the system is absolutely amazing but I am still learning what everything means!

    TIA
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  18. moby78

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    btw what does the acronym WAF stand for? I see you guys use it a lot but havent quite worked out what it is yet...
     
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    WIFE ACCEPTANCE FACTOR :laugh:
     
  20. Ian J

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    Active subwoofers have their own built in amplifiers so the impedance in ohms isn't relevant.
     
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    Don't forget the KEF PSW2500 either, I had this sub before my PC Ultra, it is also worth a listen.

    All the subs mentioned earlier are fantastic budget subs, and if the MS409 outperforms the MS309, it should be a cracker.
     
  22. moby78

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    Ahh ok, that makes sense - thanks for the info Ian :)
     
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    I've also been reading up on the PSW2500 that is one of the better looking machines - I have sourced one for £258 inc P&P from a company called HiFiBitz - anyone had any experience with them before?
     
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    I have used HiFiBitz in the past with no problems at all.
     
  25. Ian J

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    Me too
     
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    Can certainly confirm high WAF on the Kef psw2500....I bought Kazman's and I'm very pleased with it (thanks Kaz :smashin: ). Not only does it look superb with my new TV,it sounds good too. It's also magnetically sheilded which I don' t think the XLS200 is...so you can put it as close to your TV as you like with no probs .
     
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    what would be the best way to connect the PSW2500 to my amp? I have a Sony STR DB940 and there appears to be a few different ways in which I could connect it...
     
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    Not a problem mate, pleasure doing business with you :smashin: :thumbsup:
     
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    Subwoofer out on the back of the amp.Don't forget to select subwoofer to yes in the amps menu.
     

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