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    Default Room size & Rythmik subs.....

    Hey everybody,

    Recently set up my first 5.1 HT, with my RAAL Towers, Horizon center, and Luna surrounds. I had a couple of Velodyne 10" subs from a previous stereo setup and threw them into the HT system. I have had them go beyond their ability, sounds a lot like clipping in a regular speaker.

    Room size = a recently opened up my basement where I took out doors and walls. Concrete floor with pad and carpet over all. The whole volume is about 6000 cubic feet. Emailed Enrico at Rythmik and he said I would need dual FV18 subs. That is more than I want to spend, and more area than I want to take up with subwoofers. Those things are HUGE!

    I can live with dual FV15HP's, but don't want to get them if I needed to upgrade later. What are your ideas? I have lurked and know some of you folks are really, really knowledgeable about this topic.

    Thanks in advance.

    randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyrlee2 View Post
    Hey everybody,

    Recently set up my first 5.1 HT, with my RAAL Towers, Horizon center, and Luna surrounds. I had a couple of Velodyne 10" subs from a previous stereo setup and threw them into the HT system. I have had them go beyond their ability, sounds a lot like clipping in a regular speaker.

    Room size = a recently opened up my basement where I took out doors and walls. Concrete floor with pad and carpet over all. The whole volume is about 6000 cubic feet. Emailed Enrico at Rythmik and he said I would need dual FV18 subs. That is more than I want to spend, and more area than I want to take up with subwoofers. Those things are HUGE!

    I can live with dual FV15HP's, but don't want to get them if I needed to upgrade later. What are your ideas? I have lurked and know some of you folks are really, really knowledgeable about this topic.

    Thanks in advance.

    randy
    Hi Randy,

    Dual FV15HP subs will be more than fine for your space. You definitely do not need dual 18's. Just this week I heard form a customer of ours who is using dual FV15's in a room that is close to 10K cu ft and he commented that they are perfect for the space....
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    Default Re: Room size & Rythmik subs.....

    To help further ease your concerns about the FV15HPs in your room size, Audioholics reviewed the subwoofer years ago and rated it Bassaholic Extreme, which means that it is suited to room larger than 5000 cubic feet.

    https://www.audioholics.com/subwoofe...ion-111016.pdf

    https://www.audioholics.com/loudspea...ofer-room-size

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    Default Re: Room size & Rythmik subs.....

    Thank you Dave and N Boros. That's exactly what I needed to know.

    It's really nice to have a place to go like this forum where folks with the same stuff as me have experience and are willing to share.

    Again, thank you! randy

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    Default Re: Room size & Rythmik subs.....

    Quote Originally Posted by randyrlee2 View Post
    Room size = a recently opened up my basement where I took out doors and walls. Concrete floor with pad and carpet over all. The whole volume is about 6000 cubic feet. Emailed Enrico at Rythmik and he said I would need dual FV18 subs. That is more than I want to spend, and more area than I want to take up with subwoofers. Those things are HUGE! I can live with dual FV15HP's, but don't want to get them if I needed to upgrade later. What are your ideas?
    Enrico is a good guy, knowledgeable and honest AFAIK. But I suspect he's giving you the worst case scenario -- that is, that you want to produce reference audio by the book, which means you need sufficient power at 20 Hz to get to around 115-130 dB (depending on which of several theories you believe) because of the Robinson-Dadson equal loudness contours. The power required to do this goes up exponentially with frequency; pressurizing 6k cuft of air at 20 Hz is... difficult. Thus his recommendation of the FV18s.

    But... who actually listens at reference levels in a house? Granted, there are people who do. But are you one of those people?

    I personally have a sealed room with less than half your volume (and Sierra 2s across the front, Sierra 1s for surround, and a pair of LVX12s subs), and the maximum I normally listen to, even when my wife is out of the house, is around -17.5 dB. Well less than reference, and therefore needing much less from my subs (which still do an admirable job of shaking the walls, couch, doors, etc.).

    If it were me, I'd be perfectly happy with a pair of FV15HPs in a room that size. But I'm not you, and I have no idea what you actually want to do. I suggest that rather than emailing Enrico (or Dave for that matter) I'd pick up the phone and call. Have a conversation, answer their questions, and get a reply customized for your room and your needs. Just sayin'.
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    Default Re: Room size & Rythmik subs.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Watson View Post
    But... who actually listens at reference levels in a house? Granted, there are people who do. But are you one of those people?
    This is a key consideration.

    I am not one to listen at reference levels and I am quite happy with a single E15HP in a space of about 20,000 cu ft. I also lucked out and didn't have any major room integration issues with the single sub (courtesy a large, irregular shaped room with open corners).

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    Default Re: Room size & Rythmik subs.....

    Thanks everyone for your input. Very much appreciated.

    Don't think I need reference level (if that's incredibly loud) anything. I've actually never heard a good or loud (or actually any other) home theater setup, so I'm just trying to get it done close to right. Ordered one FV15HP to start, and will go from there. Did look at the journal article showing two subs were good and best placement.

    Am going to set up the sub per Rythmik's recommendation to start.

    Do I need to get an SPL meter and test my room when I get the sub? Is there a reference where I can see what I need to do, or how to test if so?

    Thanks again for your help.

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    Default Re: Room size & Rythmik subs.....

    Hi,

    Assuming that you will be running some kind of room EQ using a receiver, check out this guide from AVSForum on how to dial in Rythmik subs. I used it when I put in my new F12s. Just did the basics as I don't have a sound meter nor a mike to run REW and got what sounds like good results to my ears.

    Thanks,

    Hawk
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