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Deeje
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Newbie wants a new sub....

Hi guys,

I am looking for a new sub to match up with my Ruark Preludes, a British 2-way floorstander with 6.5 mid-woofer and dome tweeter. Currently there are three contending companies.

1. REL-The R-205, the Q108E, and the Britannia B3. (though this one may be beyond my budget currently) I've heard the R-205 and was impressed, just leary of the small cabinet size.

2. Martin Logan- The Abyss, the Grotto and maybe the Depth. I haven't auditioned these yet.

3. Essex Audio- Their SW-2 model. I have heard this sub and thought it performed nicely but I have not heard of this company before and know nothing of their reputation. The high-end store where I bought my speakers carries this brand and I'm completely confident in their reputation, so I figure it must be a good sub. It retails for $1500 which is the upper end of my budget.

Ultimately, my ears will make the decision for me but I would certainly welcome any experiences you've had with these and/or advice & recommendations.

BTW, it's for two-channel use only. Thanks!

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Re: Newbie wants a new sub....

Can't really help you with a recommendation, but, apparently Essex used to make stuff for REL (and Rega among others) before they branched out with products under their own name.

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Re: Newbie wants a new sub....

I appreciate your response. Like I said, my hi-fi shop has a good reputation, so it's unlikely they will carry junk. I will audition it some more. In all fairness, I had never heard of Ruark either, yet I fell in love with a set of their speakers.

Let me try a different tact. The Essex is forward firing and the sub I have now (Sound Dynamics THS-3000) is downward firing. I like the sound I get from it, however the driver in it is not heavy duty and will occasionally bottom out on some material I listen to now, such as Laurie Anderson's "Life on A String" CD. I'm wanting a more capable sub, and one that will most likely give me better sound that what I'm liking now.

My concern is forward vs downward firing. Any opinions on that. Corner placement or against the wall in a space created by a bay window are my best options for placement.

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Re: Newbie wants a new sub....

Deeje,

Welcome to the forum. There is a lot that goes in to determining if a particular sub would work well in your enviroment. I would suggest you post your question HERE. The folks there have a wealth of sub related knowledge. Don't let the name fool you, there are many high end two channel enthusiasts there as well. They are also very knowledgeable in subwoofer equalization, as one of the sites founders is the author of the software program "Room EQ Wizard" (REW).

RG

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Re: Newbie wants a new sub....

Thanks for the reply, rgibran. I will give your link many thorough visits.

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