Subwoofer with a 2.1 Hifi Stereo Amp - is it a good idea?

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I have just noticed that my Marantz SR5023 (80 wpc) has a subwoofer out and was wondering whether it would be a good idea to add a subwoofer to my existing set up. I listen to a wide variety of music and movies. My other components are Monitor Audio Silver RX2 speakers and Marantz UD5005. Was looking at the Monitor Audio Silver RXW12 - would this just make the whole system overweight in bass? Dont have room for a full blown home cinema set up i`m afraid.
 
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Hi CnoEvil - probably about 75% music, ideally would spend no more than 500 quid. Cheers
 

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The reason I asked the question, is that music ideally requires a fast, tight sounding sub that plays tunes.....usually a small sealed type. This is less important for AV.

I suggest you look at the BK range (Gemini, XLS 200 etc), and give them a call with your room dimensions and what you want to achieve.

Whether a sub works for music depends on a lot of things: Personal taste; Subtlety of set up / integration; Type of music (not all music needs a sub); Room positioning; Effective isolation and the Sub itself.

Hope this helps

Cno
 
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Hi David,I don't think adding a Sub-woofer to your current system would be over powering.Many people, including my self opt to upgrade for a Sub-woofer as the next component in the system for increased immersive base.Now, if I was you, I would add the Sub-woofer that is designed for your current system for tonal balance in the sound.The Monitor Audio RS-W12 can be purchased for roughly at £800. I have found two reviews of the Sub-woofer as a stand alone unit and integrated with a system:Stand alone unit - http://www.whathifi.com/review/monitor-audio-rs-w12Integrated with a system - http://www.whathifi.com/review/monitor-audio-silver-rx6-av12The Monitor Audio RS-W12 is a quality Sub-woofer, if you can stretch for it by all means go for it, but it is outside your budget.Sub-woofers are the only part of a system which are changeable, meaning if you don't like the Sub-woofer that's specifically made to go with your specific system, you don't necessarily have to stick with it.Heres an great alternative:B&W ASW610 - http://www.whathifi.com/review/bw-asw610The B&W ASW610 is smack dead on with your budget at £500. It is available here from Superfi - http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/3606I hope this was informative and helpful to you.-Malooq

Hi David,

I don't think adding a Sub-woofer to your current system would be over powering.

Many people, including my self opt to upgrade for a Sub-woofer as the next component in the system for increased immersive base.

Now, if I was you, I would add the Sub-woofer that is designed for your current system for tonal balance in the sound.

The Monitor Audio RS-W12 can be purchased for roughly at £800.

I have found two reviews of the Sub-woofer as a stand alone unit and integrated with a system:

Stand alone unit - http://www.whathifi.com/review/monitor-audio-rs-w12

Integrated with a system - http://www.whathifi.com/review/monitor-audio-silver-rx6-av12

The Monitor Audio RS-W12 is a quality Sub-woofer, if you can stretch for it by all means go for it, but it is outside your budget.

Sub-woofers are the only part of a system which are changeable, meaning if you don't like the Sub-woofer that's specifically made to go with your specific system, you don't necessarily have to stick with it.

Heres an great alternative:

B&W ASW610 - http://www.whathifi.com/review/bw-asw610

The B&W ASW610 is smack dead on with your budget at £500.

It is available here from Superfi - http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/3606

I hope this was informative and helpful to you.

-Malooq
 
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Hi Malooq, that was indeed very helpful. Thank you very much indeed for your detailed and informative response.

David
 
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Hi David,Your very welcome.I am pleased to hear that I was helpful to you.I am curious to know, what Sub-woofer did you decide to purchase?
Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it.

Hi David,

Hi David,

Your very welcome.

I am pleased to hear that I was helpful to you.

I am curious to know, what Sub-woofer did you decide to purchase?

Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it.

--Malooq