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Would this sub be a good purchase?
If it's not, I'll just get the Dayton Sub 800 for $100.
I live in an apartment building and have a 2.1 system with bookshelf speakers and an 8" sub (I could go bigger but my place is pretty small, I literally don't have room) and have never once gotten a complaint in my current apartment. The only thing that would generate a complaint is a subwoofer, and if you don't have complaints about the subwoofer your soundbar came with, you won't have complaints about this subwoofer.
Just because you have good speakers doesn't mean you have to blast them. Even at regular volume, the clarity and tonality will be light-years ahead of a soundbar, at likely the same price. My TV setup is my secondary audio setup, and I got the speaker and subs together for just over $200 thanks to waiting for sales. Including stands, cables, and the receiver, the whole setup was under $500. And you could go used on the AV receiver or use a stereo receiver instead to save money.
EDIT: I'm not trying to diss you. To each his own. Just saying that you could have done better for the price.
Thanks for the vote of confidence!
I think I've changed my mind to a Pioneer sub, for some reason it being designed by the same person as the speakers just makes sense to me, and I want the additional control. [link]
As far as wiring, I believe I'll need a RCA y-splitter cable/adapter for the sub (male to male) to go from the amp's sub output to the sub's left and right "Line In". Then I need two (pairs?) of RCA's for the speakers.
The USB is included w/ the amp I believe. Any reason to use a different output from my PC? I'm using optical output from my PC on my headphone amp at the moment, but of course there is the basic stereo jack, etc.
Sound about right?
Sounds really good for $150 I have not heard better until $300 price range
I do have this subwoofer already: [link]
What do you mean for the imaging alone? Also, what's the cheapest amp that could do a good job of powering the zensor 1s? I was looking at the ELAC B6s but a post on the front page said they require a really good amplifier.
How could I connect my LSR305s to my PC and this subwoofer:
Similary, how can I do the same with the Audioengine A5+?
The only cable I have right is now is the 3.5mm to 3.5mm aux cable.
Thanks, I appreciate it! Do you think the ELACs are better for their price point or better in general?
I do have this subwoofer:
Do you think it's a good fit for this system?
I just bought a pair of Audioengine A5+'s since they were on sale. Are the JBL LSR305's generally recommended over these? I will be using them in the living room with my tv and for music. I don't have a receiver. Are both of these active speakers? How loud can both of these get? I mainly listen to hip hop, r&b, electronic, and some indie. I still have 30 days to return the Audioengine's.
I also bought this subwoofer, if that changes anything
You may want to look into the Andrew Jones subwoofer here:
Highly regarded and very affordable.
Looks good. Both of them. Yeah the speaker stands should work.
Also, you don't need banana plugs, they're just nice to have. If you're pinching pennies you can skip them.
Edit: wait skip that BIC sub. It's not the one I thought. This Pioneer is probably better. If you have a few extra bucks, this one is definitely better
This one should do the trick!
Edit: fixed link
I'm going to try to help, since no one else has yet, but anyone should feel free to correct anything here. Many of us are from the US, and unfortunately don't know what is available to Estonia, so it's difficult to be helpful.
The JBL sub you listed seems ok according to some amazon reviews, but I don't see many other reviews, which usually isn't a great sign - at least not from our US-centric value perspective.
I know that parts-express ships internationally, and you may be able to get something from them, such as their SUB-800, SUB-1000, or perhaps even a SUB-1200. But subs can be heavy, which makes shipping expensive, so I don't really know.
Outside of that, see the recommendations in the sidebar to see if any are available in your country. Maybe the Martin Logan is available? How about some Polks? Also look into the Pioneer SW-8 Mk2 (not listed in the sidebar).
Lastly, and this may honestly be your best bet, is the Wharfedale Diamond SW150. Wharfedale makes some excellent stuff, and this sub has some stellar reviews from amazon, and here's a short review from Whathifi. It may however, be a bit beyond your budget, especially with shipping.
JBL in general makes good things, so maybe the sub from them is a good option if you can't get anything else, or even if you can.
a quick scan has already given me the typical response that "non-professionals" as yourself ask. "JBLs" and "flat response". ok... ok... but, let's really see what a "flat response" COULD do for you, say, you buy an affordable subwoofer and an audio interface (for the record, I just gave you amazon reviews cause you prolly have an amazon account and not a www.sweetwater.com account).
the audio interface improves data speed and is specifically designed to handle high quality audio and will make your movies and video games sound amazing and that will automatically make them LOOK amazing because SO many people forget how important sound is. it's like installing hardware into your pc, just you can do USB. since you make music, having one will give you the ability to record as well, at decent quality while you learn your craft better.
now as for monitors, get some 5" jams, go try out a bunch at a Guitar Center or something and see which ones sound "flattest" to you. go home, hook up all your new equipment, PICK A SONG YOU KNOW LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND, and start TWEAKING the backs of your hardware (eq, dB levels, phase, etc) until it sounds like the song you "know".
here's the problem, my advice costs lots of money and I'm sorry. but, the quality bro. you'll never want to leave.
back to my cup of coffee and staring at the snow.
Hmm, seems like the sub 300$ (no pun intended ;) ) market is mostly dominated by Dayton and BIC. For musical I would definitely go with 2 of these
Still under 400 CAD
Good review here
I'm looking for a small subwoofer (10" or less) to go with my PC setup. I've had a good experience with Audioengine's products so far, so I'm naturally eyeing their S8 8" subwoofer, but I'd like to hear opinions of that sub and some alternative recommendations if possible.
Here's my current audio chain: PC USB -> Fiio E10K DAC -> Audioengine N22 desktop amplifier -> Audioengine P4 bookshelf speakers. The room is roughly 12'x10', but I'll be sitting within a few feet of the sub since it will be placed under my desk.
Thanks in advance for your help!
*Oops! Forgot to include that my budget is <$400, preferably <$300.
Edit: It looks like I can get Pioneer's Andrew Jones-designed 8" subwoofer for $100 plus tax. That value seems tough to beat. Anybody have experience with this sub?
the sw-8mk2 , sp-fs52-lr and the R-S201BL would be good for a starter 2.1 system.
You could go with this Pioneer sub, or see this list. In that case, perhaps consider 2 pairs of those BS22 bookshelf speakers and a center, instead of the Fluance set mentioned before. Just need some speaker stands though.
Here's a couple things.
I also have a Pioneer SW-8M sub that I ghetto-rigged with an Parts Express amp after the original one stopped working. (You can have it for free if you buy the other stuff.)
I also have a couple Monitors one 24" and one 25" ultra-wide. And a couple coffee machines, one single serve and one combo. An Alienware Alpha. Some other random stuff. (I recently moved to a smaller place and need to make some room.)
Kef q100 $398
Pioneer sw8-mk2 $179
Do you need a receiver or amp? Any specific features (how many inputs/bluetooth/hdmi etc)?
If you're ready to buy now, jump on this quickly: get 2 of these Pioneer SP-FS52 Floor Speaker for $52 each [link] and this Pioneer VSX-530-K 5.1 AV Receiver for $110 [link] for a total of $214 plus tax. Shipping is free but delivery will take a little while. You'll likey want to add a subwoofer either now or later. If you can scrape up the funds now, this matching Pioneer sub is really good for $110 [link]
Plus a few bucks for speaker wire and a cable to connect your device.
Ah, missed your question.
I have this pioneer subwoofer:
I'm looking for powered subwoofer recommendations for a near field listening setup I just put together. Primary use is for video games but I'd like it to fair well with music as well (I'm into pretty much every genre but most of what I listen to is some type of rock). My current setup is a pair of Polk Monitor 40's, connected to an SMSL SA-50 amp, and a Creative Sound Blaster Zx serving as my DAC.
Now I don't have a lot of money in this setup, since I already had the speakers and the sound card, so I'm not looking to break the bank here. I'd like to spend around $100, but I am aware that's not a lot for a sub so I can stretch that as high as $200 if it's worth it. This is near field though, so I don't need something that's going to fill a 20'x20' room with earth shaking bass. Just something that sounds fairly clean and rounds out the low end on my speakers.
Thus far I've been considering the Dayton SUB-800, Pioneer SW8-MK2, and on the higher end of the budget the BIC F12 (though no doubt the highest quality of the three it seems like it may be overkill for my needs). I'm in no way set on any one of these, so other recommendations are wholly welcome.
Here's a picture of what I'm working with for reference.
Thanks for any advice.
I had this posted up over at r/audio, but found this subreddit afterwards so i'll post it here as well.
I'm looking to add a cheap powered subwoofer (~100$) to my JBL Loft 40AM for my PC setup. I saw that Andrew Jones subwoofers are on sale today for $80 and was wondering if they were good compared to others like the Sony SA-W2500. Andrew Jones has an advertised frequency response of 38-150Hz, while the Sony and others has Frequency Response starting from as low as 28Hz. Since I listen to mostly Trance/EDM that consist have quite a bit of bass, I want to know if that 10Hz would make a difference. I would be running this off my onboard soundcard (Realtek ALC887).