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Hey everyone! My receiver has the option for two subs but I currently only have 1 R-10SW connected. Should I get a second R-10SW or just replace it with something more powerful? I like the current sub but feel it can’t always hit the really low frequencies and chuffs sometimes during big action scenes. Let me know your thought.  Thanks

 

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Dual subwoofers provide tremendous benefits.  One is that each subwoofer doesn't have to work as hard.  If you can find a good deal on a second sub I'd go for it. 

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Multi-sub is always the preferred goal to strive for. The primary reason for this is to spread the low frequencies more evenly around your room. So yes, I would rather get a second sub than replace an existing sub with something larger. You probably won't notice much additional SPL, unless you add a larger more powerful sub. The exception to this would be if you stack the subs, which would create a coupling effect... but then you'd be sacrificing the actual benefit of multi-sub, which is spread the bass more evenly around the room.

 

The only reason you might consider replacing the 10 inch with a larger sub, is if you require more SPL in the lower frequency ranges, or you want your system to dig lower in the low and sub sonic (20Hz and below) frequency ranges... but first get the biggest second sub you can afford before replacing the existing 10inch and take it from there...

 

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This might be a hot contested subject, so I'll proceed with caution here... it would probably be better to have matching subs, but I personally don't think it's a requirement. I started with a 12 inch sub (R-12), and then I added a 15 inch (SPL-150) last year. I still need to take the time to integrate them properly using my miniDSP UMIK-1 calibrated USB Mic and REW, but even without REW and the USB Mic (just using Yamaha's YPOA auto correct) they are working great.

 

So in my opinion, if you're happy with the SPL output and frequency range of your current 10 inch sub, then by all means, just get another 10 inch like the one you have... but, if like me, you're realizing that you want your subs to dig lower and add more low frequency output, then get the largest sub you can afford right now. Later if you have some spare change, you might want to get a second matching large sub, but you can still continue using the 10 inch strategically placed to smooth out the bass in multiple listening positions. No point in wasting a perfectly good sub... unless you can sell it for a worthwhile price I suppose.

 

What is definitely more tricky, is when you start mixing ported and sealed subs, although it can be done... but you'll definitely want to be dialing them in with REW and a calibrated mic, and you'd also probably need to run them through a MiniDSP as well.

 

Disclaimer: Others might strongly disagree with all or some of the above, so I suggest you do your research, gather the various opinions out there, and then decide what would work best for you.

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I went through this too. Started with a 10" Klipsch downfiring sub, added a 12" Klipsch DF a year later. Sub-crawled and re-positioned for months but the results were underwhelming. My budget finally allowed for a pair. I got two of these SVS.

 

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7 hours ago, AudioHobby said:

I have to admit I have been considering a SVS sub when I upgrade. Are those types of topics allowed in the forums?

 

Lots of people ask and recommend SVS subs on the forum... I haven't seen anyone take issue with that, and I'm sure nobody would. We're here to help others, and I'm sure most Klipsch fans understand that Klipsch specialize in making great Speakers, but aren't specialists in the subwoofer market, and that companies like SVS who specialize, are able to produce a superior subwoofer. If the SVS is what you want, then by all means go for it. You can't go wrong with SVS subs - excellent performance and great customer service from what I've heard.

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