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Best bang for the buck subwoofer according to ASR

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Are you using them with Velodyne's SC-1250 amp on the correct preset? They were designed to be used as a system. The amp has the high voltage and EQ the stock woofers require. Without a very high voltage amplifier and EQ to extend the response, they sound terrible!
I was...and then the SC-1250 started popping and buzzing. I sent it off for repair earlier this year, came back still broken. Sent if off again, but had to be refunded as they couldn't fix it. So we're both in the same situation. I always suspected something was up as they sounded not good when I had to switch them over to my crown amp, but I couldn't figure it out. Considering the sc-10 subs don't really behave with my crown xli 2500, I really should spend the time to swap out drivers to the daytons, unless your aware of another option for the amp? I've spent hours searching for a replacement, but couldn't find one in the past and kinda gave up.
 

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In my opinion REL T5i at $599 (£449 in UK) is a great value for small rooms. I own a pair and with EQ was able to get smooth FR in 20-100 Hz range. If I remember correctly the same sub was selling at around $1000 couple years ago.
I'm curious about that as REL rates that sub as -6dB at 32 Hz. Was that a combination of room gain and boosting the low end with EQ?

It really would be great if REL would send that sub or one of their other subs to Audioholics for full testing.
 
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Anyone know of an affordable sub with balanced stereo input/output? I know of the now discontinued SVS SB12-Plus, but I'm having trouble finding anyone apart from that.
 

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Rythmik makes a number of models available with XLR inputs but I do not know what you define as "affordable".

www.rythmikaudio.com
 

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Thanks, I know of Rythmik but sadly they have no dealers in the EU, so not really an option. Should have mentioned that, sorry.
Oops, sorry. Why do you want balanced inputs? If you have a ground loop problem, long runs, and/or a noisy environment then there are other solutions that might work such as a transformer or DI box to convert at the subwoofer. Aside from that sonically I cannot imagine a difference especially for a subwoofer.
 

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Considering the sc-10 subs don't really behave with my crown xli 2500, I really should spend the time to swap out drivers to the daytons, unless your aware of another option for the amp?
Depending on how you run them, that amp should push enough voltage to be useful: 500W into 8Ω per woofer is close enough to SC-1250. The most cost effective solution for you is to add a miniDSP 2x4 to upgrade the EQ. Even if you swap the woofers, I recommend an equalizer and that one seems to be the current value for money champion.
 

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Bang for the buck in subwoofers is used, lots of folks downsizing from big places to little. I'm a total cheapskate, managed to get 4 powered subwoofers from Amvets for a total of $200. I've got one left, a little Sonance powered sub, mates well with my a/d/s 400 speakers, appropriate for my 9' x 10' x 8' bedroom. Set me back $50. Have to consider how much air is being moved in a given room, not to mention issues like neighbors in apartments, duplexes and condos. Had three powered subs in my garage studio, placed to accommodate the room's resonance modes—one corner placed sub would cancel out in the "sweet spot".
 
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Oops, sorry. Why do you want balanced inputs? If you have a ground loop problem, long runs, and/or a noisy environment then there are other solutions that might work such as a transformer or DI box to convert at the subwoofer. Aside from that sonically I cannot imagine a difference especially for a subwoofer.
It's not so much the inputs. I'm after a sub with balanced stereo input and output because I want to easily integrate the sub in a stereo setup with a balanced power amp which only accept XLR. So DAC/pre to sub to power amp.
 

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It's not so much the inputs. I'm after a sub with balanced stereo input and output because I want to easily integrate the sub in a stereo setup with a balanced power amp which only accept XLR. So DAC/pre to sub to power amp.
You should look at subwoofers marketed for studio installations. Even entry level priced ones will typically have XLR inputs and outputs.

 

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At the upper end used original versions of JL Audio Fathoms are a great bang for the buck. Quality is above other manufacturers. I've had 1 for 10 years without a problem and recently purchased a matching second. If you do have a problem ship the Sub to JL in Florida on your dime and they will give it a complete refurbishment and ship it back for $300. The E series is also a option without any DSP, however, they only go up to a 12" driver which can't match the 13.5" on the Fathom f-113.
 
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It's not so much the inputs. I'm after a sub with balanced stereo input and output because I want to easily integrate the sub in a stereo setup with a balanced power amp which only accept XLR. So DAC/pre to sub to power amp.
I get it - monoprice monolith series are a great option for you. I'm honestly still kinda leaning toward them because they are tanks, have xlr in and out (which is a huge plus to me as well), and somehow even the 10" goes super super low
 

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But do not forget to add some 20% VAT and I think 10% import duty. They are interesting subs, however.
 
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Depending on how you run them, that amp should push enough voltage to be useful: 500W into 8Ω per woofer is close enough to SC-1250. The most cost effective solution for you is to add a miniDSP 2x4 to upgrade the EQ. Even if you swap the woofers, I recommend an equalizer and that one seems to be the current value for money champion.
Eh, its really not good, let alone great. I'm not sure if its the EQ (though I am running dirac on them via my xmc-1), but when the sc-1250 worked, it was far better, got louder and deeper compared to my xli 2500. Oh well, when I upgrade my living room HT setup, I'll swap them over to my office setup and then see what I can do.
 
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You should look at subwoofers marketed for studio installations. Even entry level priced ones will typically have XLR inputs and outputs.
Good advice, thanks. Didn't think about that. Any recommendations in the ~$500 range that would work in a living room stereo setup? Studio gear are rarely pretty to look at, but you can't have everything...
 

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Dirac Live provides 10 dB of boost, essentially "infinite" cut, per DL.
 
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