EP350 versus EP500

Posted by: stevej

EP350 versus EP500 - 06/27/11 10:48 PM

Need some advice again. I know some of you have both subs (Sirquack). I purchased the M22s a few weeks ago for use in my living room. Love the speakers, but brought the EP500 up from the basement and love the difference with the sub. Since I am using these speakers mostly for stereo music and tv would the EP350 be enough? Just need a little more bass for the M22s. The 350 is about half the price of the 500 and would be a lot easier to spend the money on it for what I am using it for. Just wondering how much difference there would be between the two subs. Will still use the basement for movies where I have M80s, VP180, QS8s and the EP500.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 07:47 AM

I have the EP350 upstairs in our living room. The room is probably 15 x 20ish with a vaulted ceiling that goes from 8ft on one side upto about 12ft on the other. It also has a large opening that leads into the kitchen, and another opening on the other wall that leads to the front entryway and bedroom hallway.

The 350 does a wonderful job matched up with my M22's and VP100. I have the Denon receiver on 0dB, and the volume gain on the back of the sub at about 1/2 way and it produces very nice powerful bass when called upon.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 07:57 AM

I have M22's and EP350 in a similar, but smaller, room and I'm completely satisfied with it. It fills in the lower end quite nicely. Room size approx. 12 x 17 with same vaulted ceiling as above and same openings into dining and hallway.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 08:37 AM

Originally Posted By: CatBrat
with same vaulted ceiling as above and same openings into dining and hallway.

When did you guys move in together?

How are the cats responding to the evil spirits?
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 09:23 AM


Posted by: stevej

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 09:38 AM

Thanks guys. My room is 14x20 with 8' ceilings. So looks like I will be purchasing the 350 in the near future.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 10:44 AM

go with the auction and save even more. smile
Posted by: stevej

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 12:34 PM

Yea that is what I plan on doing. Sounds like I can't go wrong with the 350. If you remember from my other thread when I got the M22s I was having a problem with a pioneer receiver. I ordered an onkyo HT-RC180 from Accessories4less. It is more than I need for what I am using it for, but for 350.00 and free shipping it was a great deal. About the same power as the pioneer but no distortion. Something was definitely wrong with the pioneer.
The M22 sound really great and with a sub they are pretty impressive.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 01:22 PM

what type of warranty do they offer on refurbs? I am looking at a 1008 for a new install.
Posted by: stevej

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 02:27 PM

One year. They also have a 30 day money back. The receiver I got looks brand new. No marks anywhere. They do say there could be some cosmetic blemishes, but mine looks new. If you like Onkyo I think it is hard to beat there prices. I bought a 3007 at Best Buy over a year ago for 1800.00 and they have it for 849.00. I could have saved almost 1000.00. Have seen others on this forum recommend them.
Let us know if you get one. If you buy new they have 2 year warranty. But I think for the savings they are well worth it.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 04:43 PM

Will have to talk to the guy I'm quoting, I've always had Denon, and before that JVC, but I can explain to him the whole story. smile
Posted by: JohnK

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 09:32 PM

Randy, as I mentioned in your other thread, that A4l deal on the 1008 would be excellent if, as you said, you wanted 9 output channels(presumably for 7-channel HT plus stereo in another room simultaneously). If seven channels would realistically be sufficient, though, you might consider instead the 808 for $650 or even the 180 for $350 which Steve got and which I've suggested to members a couple times.

It certainly would be better, if the budget was a problem, to spend less on the receiver rather than less on the speakers.
Posted by: stevej

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 09:37 PM

John, it was your suggestion to someone on here that got me to look at the 180. For the price you can't beat it. You really get a upper middle class receiver for the price of a budget receiver. Thanks for making that suggestion. If I had not seen it I would have had to wait a while before purchasing something.
Posted by: JohnK

Re: EP350 versus EP500 - 06/28/11 09:40 PM

Very good, Steve; enjoy.