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Help matching a sobwoofer to my system for classical music

I'm almost embarassed to post this, but my listening music genre has changed slightly, so I'm looking for a logical way to meet my listening needs while maintaining my budget and prolonging my marriage. Here is the deal. I have modest, simple though technically adequate system for music listening and since I am now listening to much more classical music, I need more bass. My system is a Conrad-Johnson 2300 power amp, a pair of B&W 802 Matrix speakers, and a Theta Miles CD player; i.e no vinyl or changer in my set-up. Can a few of you suggest a starting point for a powered sub-woofer that I could add to this system? I am looking to add a single item, and not to change my amp and other things. I guess that I would pitch the line signal to the sub-woofer amp, and back to my amp, and then back out to the L/R speakers. So, any suggestions for a vendor/model sub-woofer?

Patrick
Victor, Montana

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Re: Help matching a sobwoofer to my system for classical music

REL is always a good place to start, they make great Subs, also check out ATC, they make wonderful subs as well. Both of these subs have the tune and rhythm to keep up with your speakers.

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Re: Help matching a sobwoofer to my system for classical music

Hi Patrick

I am using a velodyne hgs-18 with my ProAc response fours and you really can't tell there's a sub in the system.
I quess the newer models dd-18 with their integrated parametric equaliser and mic should be better. if you think a dd-18 is too expensive or/and an overkill in your system, go for the dd-12.

Good luck !

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Re: Help matching a sobwoofer to my system for classical music

For music, I'd suggest a sealed sub. . . vented boxes just don't make it for me, especially for music (I don't even like them for HT).

I always like to throw out the DIY option for subs. I'm a wreck when it comes to woodwork, but a sub is easy to manage, especially if you use an outboard amp and crossover--you're building a box with holes for a speaker and a pair of binding posts. You can sink the bulk of your money into a good driver. MDF is cheap, and you can even have large pieces cut at places like Lowes and Home Depot.
Best subs for the money IMO,
-->grub

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Re: Help matching a sobwoofer to my system for classical music

What kind of interconnect and speaker cable are you using?

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Re: Help matching a sobwoofer to my system for classical music

You have 802s and subs already and you need more bass? Are you trying to fill a football stadium?
Seriously, I can't fathom a listening room the size you must have this setup in. Still, I guess 27hz is relative to how well it is articulated and the size of your room.

I would be curious as to what you come up with...let us know.

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Re: Help matching a sobwoofer to my system for classical music


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For music, I'd suggest a sealed sub. . . vented boxes just don't make it for me, especially for music (I don't even like them for HT).

I'll 2nd that recommendation - I have no use for vented subs. I'm using a modest Wharfedale sealed sub and you cannot tell it is in use except when you turn it off!

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