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Hi,

 

Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent-ish but small (ideally no more than 6"/10cm per side for a cube) subwoofer? For various reasons, I need to fit a pre-/power amp (my old and too loved to sell Naim NAC42 and NAP110), a Squeezebox and the sub on a wall mounted shelf. The speakers are Orb Audio's, orbs. This is kitchen/dinner music, so (as you can see) not super high end. It obviously needs to connect to the speaker outputs of the NAP110....

 

Any ideas?

 

Marc

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Wait; you want to place a sub...on a shelf?

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How to get the most out of a small sub:

 

1) Place the sub on the floor in a corner (optimally two in opposing corners).

2) Use an active sub, where all components are optimized.

3) Use sub with active bass reflex monitors that fit the sub.

4) Use DSP to enhance linearity and better

5) Choose the biggest small sub that you can fit.

 

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Hi,

 

Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent-ish but small (ideally no more than 6"/10cm per side for a cube) subwoofer? For various reasons, I need to fit a pre-/power amp (my old and too loved to sell Naim NAC42 and NAP110), a Squeezebox and the sub on a wall mounted shelf. The speakers are Orb Audio's, orbs. This is kitchen/dinner music, so (as you can see) not super high end. It obviously needs to connect to the speaker outputs of the NAP110....

 

Any ideas?

 

Marc

 

I wouldn't... Small subs just can't hit as hard or low. 6" is woofer territory. True subs are 10" and bigger

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Thanks for the replies. I appreciate that the question fell into the "dumb" category and that a sub (as I have connected to s couple of systems) is typically placed "unobtrusively" in a corner (or wherever). In this case it is to support two orb speakers in a kitchen and my wife won't entertain a "revolting" sub anywhere.

 

I think my best solution is to find better speakers!

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If you restricted with size of sabwoofer you can experiment with its placement.

 

Also need fit sub (cut frequency, transient band, level) to main speakers. It's non trivial task even for usual room and placement.

 

For your case improving of sound is not guaranted. But it will interesting experiment.

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Hi,

 

Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent-ish but small (ideally no more than 6"/10cm per side for a cube) subwoofer? For various reasons, I need to fit a pre-/power amp (my old and too loved to sell Naim NAC42 and NAP110), a Squeezebox and the sub on a wall mounted shelf. The speakers are Orb Audio's, orbs. This is kitchen/dinner music, so (as you can see) not super high end. It obviously needs to connect to the speaker outputs of the NAP110....

 

Any ideas?

 

Marc

 

This is DIY territory and it can ABSOLUTELY be done and hit like a mule with some of the new BMR subwoofer technology. But you would need to built it into the shelf. If it's a free mounting wall shelf, it's an easy project. I did one for a friend who needed one for his soundbar to sit on. We used two 4.5" BMRs facing down to take advantage of boundary gain off of the mounting wall. Hit a solid 38hz at over 90db cleanly. Net volume of the enclosure in the shelf was .5 cuft.

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sorry to bring up a rather old and esoteric thread. But as vintage naim 11/42 user- how do you hook up a sub? I thought i recall way back that naim did not recommend subs and or that subs should be speaker level connected through speakers or something like that. Any info appreciated. thanks

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I don't know your sub.

 

But I understand there to be two main ways to hook it up.

 

Low level - RCA connections through your preamp. (If you don't have two pairs of RCA outputs, you could use RCA adapters - that turn one output pair into two). (Some subs recommend this option).

 

High level outputs

(A) connect your speaker cables to the sub and run speaker cables to your main speakers. (This was suggested by Gallo for my 2.1 set up).

 

(B) run two sets of speaker cables from your amp: one to your main speakers, another set to your sub.

 

This last option is what I do. I am very happy with it. But it may not be the best option or your DAC.

 

You may get great advice here, but it's probably best to contact your manufacturer.

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