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#287114 - 01/15/10 11:37 PM EP500 vs 2x EP350s???
euphjay Offline
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Given the choice, would you rather have a single EP500 subwoofer or two EP350s subs in your home theater?

Ignoring the small price difference for now but just for reference:
1x EP500 $1230
2x EP350 $1516
EP500 or 2x EP350?
Only one choice allowed


Votes accepted starting: 01/15/10 11:35 PM
View the results of this poll.

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#287124 - 01/16/10 03:05 AM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: euphjay]
StuntGibbon Offline
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For subs, I'd go as big as I can afford (and fit.) Def the 500 (or higher)

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#287136 - 01/16/10 10:31 AM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: StuntGibbon]
Adrian Offline
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Hmmm, there's certainly a valid argument for both so it's a close call. You could go with a single EP500 then upgrade with a second one down the road IF you felt it necessary(you might not). Two subs of the EP350's calibre would be nice too though...I think I'll sit on the fence on this one!
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#287140 - 01/16/10 11:10 AM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: euphjay]
htnut
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euphjay, this is just my opinion but IF there were no restrictions as to placement of the subs AND they were set up and placed properly, then you should get better results with 2 subs. For me, I was unable to position 2 subs where they needed to be in order to yield the best results so I use one sub. More subs isn't necessarily better if they aren't set up correctly IMHO.

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#287148 - 01/16/10 12:25 PM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: ]
SirQuack Offline
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Jay, you need to describe your room to answer this question correctly. Multiple subs placed correctly in a room will even out the low frequency in a room for more seats, hence, less peaks/nulls.

As htnut pointed out, calibrating multiple subs in a room can be tricky and time consuming, however, if done correctly really helps the experience for everyone.

Once we know more about your room characteristics (size, shape, openings, etc..) it will help us give you better feedback. The 500 is very powerful and often placed near a corner furthest from a large entry into a room will knock your foundation down.

I had the same question about a year ago for my large 8,000 cu ft rec room/HT. I had an EP600, but wanted to experiment with multiple subs to see what all the hype was about. Do I go with two 350's and have 3 subs space out around the room, or one 500 on the opposite wall from the 600.

After working with Amie and Ian at Axiom, I went with the twin 350's. Calibrating them was somewhat interesting as the 600 sucks the dB levels from them once they were all running togethor, long story.

Currently, I moved one of my 350's upstairs to go with my new m22's, so only have two subs downstairs now.
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#287805 - 01/20/10 02:48 PM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: SirQuack]
euphjay Offline
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Registered: 01/15/10
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Loc: Oklahoma
sirquack,

Kinda funny that you ask because I actually don't have the room yet. In the near future I will start looking at houses and subsequently home theater equipment. This post was intended more for my curiosity and general education as I am just beginning to start looking into the realm of higher-end audio and acoustics.

I have read several articles stating the advantages of a 2-subwoofer solution but they really don't get into a more "real-world" scenario where you perhaps are funds-limited and have to make a choice between a better single subwoofer vs 2 lower quality subs setup.

So for now, this post is a more general "what would you prefer" type post vs a specific "what is best for me" question. Thanks for your input though!

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#287808 - 01/20/10 03:11 PM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: euphjay]
Sloped Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
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Loc: Fonthill
My vote is two subs. I've been playing with this configuration for the last couple of days and it certainly smooths out the whole room and eliminates some of the null zones.

Luckily my room is just oddly shaped enough with a large opening on the one side that I don't seem to get any real boomy locations.
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#287809 - 01/20/10 03:17 PM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: euphjay]
Sloped Offline
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I think the next question is how far to elevate the subs and on what? Part of that question was answered in another topic I believe.
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#287895 - 01/20/10 09:50 PM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: Sloped]
JohnK Offline
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Slope, elevating the subs is relatively infrequent, but acoustical theory would place the sub drivers midway between the floor and ceiling, at the minimum point for the floor to ceiling room mode.
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#287907 - 01/20/10 11:06 PM Re: EP500 vs 2x EP350s??? [Re: JohnK]
Micah Offline
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Registered: 11/16/08
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Wow, I would have thought 1 EP500 would have recieved the vast majority of votes in this pole. I'm honestly surprised that there is so even.
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