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I have the total Audioengine package: S8 Subwoofer, A5+ Monitors, and D1 DAC. I have had this set up for over a year and couldn't be more pleased. As far as any S8 concerns, I believe it could be easily over powered with huge speakers, but anything under 8" should work well with it. In fact, any of the Audioengine monitors pair perfectly with this subwoofer (just check out reviews online). Don't get me wrong, this is a strong and accurate sub, very punchy and not the least bit muddy (well, unless you turn up the volume control on the S8 unit to max; but then again, any sub will be distorted doing that).
And just to clear something up from earlier posts on Massdrop, the frequency range handled by the S8 is extraordinary with 27Hz - 180Hz. This is totally different from the crossover range -- where you have the option to set the lowest frequency -- 50Hz - 130Hz (note: the crossover range must be smaller than the unit's frequency range). Lastly, be worried about the marketing of a subwoofer if its frequency range contains values significantly below 27Hz. Chances are that the unit in question will either be distorted advertising figures or a very muddy sounding unit (although good sounding, but too low for the human ear to hear, subs do exist). Look into the music industry, mastering of most music hardly takes advantage of frequencies below 50Hz. So the S8 will definitely do your music listening experience justice.
MOREOVER, $259.99 is a great price! So definitely take advantage of this drop!!
is it possible to pair the S8 with Audioengine A2s? if so, how nicely do you think that setup would work?
Same Question, Just joined the A2+ and don't know what sub to buy. I've heard that the Dayton Audio SUB-800 ($115 8-inch) or the SUB-1000 ($135 10-inch) is a better deal. What about the BIC America F12 ($190 12-inch)? I listen mostly to electronic music. Any ideas?
They will pair with the S8 very nicely. Why? The short and sweet answer is this: on the back of the S8 are three adjustable knobs in which you have the capability to pair this unit to any monitors (given that the speakers will not overpower the S8 -- keep 'em under 8"). What this means is that you can set the "power" of the S8 so that it will be perfectly balanced with your A2s. Its nice that you can not only set the phase (where the bass- location appears to originate from) and the crossover range (mentioned above), but you can also set the volume of the unit separately from your monitors. Hence, pairing the S8 with your A2s should be quick and easy. Once you have done played around with these knobs, setting them your liking, you will notice a huge difference in your sound system (i.e. your music will sound soooooo much fuller).
P.S. -- Sorry for the late response!
I'd say you would be fine with any of those choices if you don't listen to HQ music often. What you will notice with most sub-$200 subs is that they are loud and powerful like most subs, but they also do this by replacing crisp bass with muddy bass (easy way to notice muddy bass is by paying attention to the fact that the bass in all your music sounds very similar if not the same).
Seeing as the S8 is an 8" sub. It too has its limits. At real loud levels, the unit will make a muddy mess out of your music, but so will all subs played too loud. Some people have a hard time realizing that subs are like other speakers, they have limits too.
However, my recommendation is go with the S8 because one day you will want to upgrade your bass if you go with one of the aforementioned units (excluding the S8). As such, if you can take the plunge, go ahead with the S8 or something comparable. In the long run, you will save money anyways. Of course you can always get bigger and better, but again, set a limit: How great of bass do you want? Believe it or not, many people do not recognize the differences in the quality of bass outputs. But I will guarantee you will notice the difference between those units and the S8.
And like I said, this drop makes it a heck of a lot easier to get the S8. I had to pay MSRP back in the day when it first came out.
Oh and another thing, you are allowed to have multiple subs. Just daisy chain them (if you purchase the sub, you will know what I mean). You can set the volume even lower across the units and have an even fuller bass!
P.S. -- Sorry for the late response!