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Pinnacle® PS SUB 225 12" 225W Front-Firing Powered Subwoofer $165 FS @ RadioShack

mrglobe 204 February 25, 2013 at 07:02 AM in Tech & Electronics (3)
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Pinnacle® PS SUB 225 12" 225W Front-Firing Powered Subwoofer - $165 FS

http://www.radioshack.com/product...ndSrc=cart

Amazon Link - http://www.amazon.com/Pinnacle-Sp...B0015AB7U6


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Don't let the size fool you.

Experience powerful, deep bass down to 30Hz with the Pinnacle PS SUB 225 powered subwoofer. This compact front-firing subwoofer delivers all of the explosive sound your movies, music and TV have and since it has its own amplifier, your other equipment is free to handle the rest of the frequency range.

Features anti-clipping circuit for high level bass, line-level input, phase switch and volume
12" heavyweight polypropylene woofer with 1.5" dual-layer voice coil
Includes high-quality gold-plated interconnect cable for easy hookup
Has line-level input, a phase switch and solid-brass isolation cones

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This is a good deal. I posted it over on AVS Forum as well in their Budget Subwoofer Forum. Good Find OP
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I currently have the Energy take classic 5.1 speakers. While they are great, have increasingly felt the lack of bass especially at low frequencies. The sub just farts. Would this sub be a good upgrade for my setup? Any thoughts?
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Quote from mihirdshah1 View Post :
I currently have the Energy take classic 5.1 speakers. While they are great, have increasingly felt the lack of bass especially at low frequencies. The sub just farts. Would this sub be a good upgrade for my setup? Any thoughts?
I would think the Energy sub would be of higher quality, however this sub has a much larger driver than the Energy. They are pretty close wattage-wise, 200w for the Energy sub and 225w for the Pinnacle. The specs on the Energy set say it should be able to hit 33hz, while the Pinnacle is stated to go down to 30hz. That wouldn't be too much of a difference IF both specs are accurate. The Energy sub weighs 19.7lbs, where the Pinnacle lists a shipping weight of 36lbs. One positive is that you MAY be able to purchase the Pinnacle sub and then return it to a RadioShack store if you are not satisfied (I didn't see anything about this on the RS website, but I would check first if you plan to take this path)

If it were me, before I replaced the Energy sub I would try a few different positions in the room. Placement can be a huge part of the performance of a sub. Moving it closer or further from walls, corners, furniture, etc can change the sound considerably. One trick is to place the sub in your main seating position (on a stand/chair/something hard) and walk around your room until you find the spot where the sub is the loudest/clearest. This helps identify room modes, which can really affect the quality and output of a sub. Once you find the loudest/clearest spot, you place the sub in the location you were standing in when it sounded the best. I would also check the settings both on the subwoofer itself, and on your receiver. Play around with crossover settings, gain, etc. I would also mess around with the phase setting on the sub, as this can considerably alter the sound as well. If the 'farting' you are talking about is actually port noise (from the air being squeezed out of the box by the driver) you may be able to address this by turning the sub to face towards/away from a wall, or even by 'stuffing' the port either partially or completely. If you look around the web there should be plenty of info/experiences with that set as it is a very popular 5.1 set.
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Great find OP. Ihave the 10" version in a large rooms with a vaulted ceiling and it kicks ass. I have to keep the level way down or disturb people. This 12" version is a lot of sub for the $$$!
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I would think the Energy sub would be of higher quality, however this sub has a much larger driver than the Energy. They are pretty close wattage-wise, 200w for the Energy sub and 225w for the Pinnacle. The specs on the Energy set say it should be able to hit 33hz, while the Pinnacle is stated to go down to 30hz. That wouldn't be too much of a difference IF both specs are accurate. The Energy sub weighs 19.7lbs, where the Pinnacle lists a shipping weight of 36lbs. One positive is that you MAY be able to purchase the Pinnacle sub and then return it to a RadioShack store if you are not satisfied (I didn't see anything about this on the RS website, but I would check first if you plan to take this path)

If it were me, before I replaced the Energy sub I would try a few different positions in the room. Placement can be a huge part of the performance of a sub. Moving it closer or further from walls, corners, furniture, etc can change the sound considerably. One trick is to place the sub in your main seating position (on a stand/chair/something hard) and walk around your room until you find the spot where the sub is the loudest/clearest. This helps identify room modes, which can really affect the quality and output of a sub. Once you find the loudest/clearest spot, you place the sub in the location you were standing in when it sounded the best. I would also check the settings both on the subwoofer itself, and on your receiver. Play around with crossover settings, gain, etc. I would also mess around with the phase setting on the sub, as this can considerably alter the sound as well. If the 'farting' you are talking about is actually port noise (from the air being squeezed out of the box by the driver) you may be able to address this by turning the sub to face towards/away from a wall, or even by 'stuffing' the port either partially or completely. If you look around the web there should be plenty of info/experiences with that set as it is a very popular 5.1 set.
Thank you very much for the advice. You are absolutely right, I need to check the settings on my receiver as well as the subwoofer and experiment with the crossover settings as it is likely that I may be over driving the sub. Both my receiver (Onkyo TX-NR717 and the energy speakers are brand new so I have yet to explore the settings or speaker placement. I will follow your advice and try to move the sub around to see if that makes a difference to the port noise. I never knew that the placement itself could be such an important factor so thanks so much for the tip! I don't know if stuffing the port would be a good idea as that might void the warranty on my sub, but I will do some research on it.

Also, I wasn't necessarily considering replacing the energy sub with the pinnacle but rather just have it as a second sub to compliment my system for the lows. But as you have compared the specs above it doesn't look like there is much of a difference in the low frequency range. So I think I will wait and experiment with my energy sub before considering adding another sub. Thanks again for your feedback. You have been very helpful.
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