Often, we get people looking for advice on a system with a total budget of $1,000, or even $5-600.\nIn those cases, it is a bit of a stretch to recommend the kind of subs that Audioholics are likely to.\nReviews of these inexpensive subs are generally limited to buyers who throw up a quick video bragging on their new sub without any measurements or even reference to what other subs they may have heard in the past.\nShadyJ has recently reviewed some inexpensive speakers, so it may be in the future of AH to review inexpensive subwoofers. However, in the meantime I will rely on Brent Butterworth's shootout\/review for Wirecutter:\nhttps:\/\/thewirecutter.com\/reviews\/best-budget-subwoofer\/\n\nI have no idea if Wirecutter's reviews not performed by Brent Butterworth are as well executed, so don't consider this a blanket recommendation! Brent, however has reviewed a ton of subwoofers and speakers over the years and also is a performing musician, so has an impressive awareness of what live music should sound like.\n\nComments:\n1. This is not an AH review! - The market for these articles is not audio geeks (which is part of why I wanted to start this thread - because at first glance you might assume it to be a simple survey of budget subwoofers giving a nod to the vendors that gave them the most money in advertising dollars). I'm not sure he even mentions that he performs CEA measurements of these subs in the write-up! It is only after you get well into the article that you see a chart of his CEA measurements for some of the more popular models that you find this out! (At least that was the case with my scan of the article). But my point is, from our perspective (as "Audioholics"),at first\/casual glance, I don't think there is much to attract our attention\/approval (of the review)! They are not written for us, but rather, for the guy who has decided to get a system (for his TV or whatever) and just wants to know what to buy - he doesn't want to have to learn about the details, just wants to buy something good for the money and especially avoid stuff that he might later regret as being crappy!\n2. The Dayton Audio SUB1500 is not as good as you would expect! - This article gets updated as new subs are evaluated. In the previous version, the Monoprice 12" sub (model 9723) was top recommendation (over the 15" Dayton). Based on this, I had assumed the Monoprice better than the SUB1200 (which was not evaluated at that time - I think it was sold out). However, in this latest installment, they reviewed the SUB1200 and it beat out the 12" Monoprice as a more capable sub! In this new installment thay say this about the SUB1500:\nThe SUB-1200 puts out an impressive amount of deep bass for its price. It’s easy to hear and even easier to measure. The sub put out an average of 114.8 dB in the mid bass and 102.0 dB in the low bass. This is 1.1 dB less and 2.7 dB more, respectively, than our previous top pick, the Monoprice 9723. Surprisingly, the SUB-1200’s average output is almost the same as Dayton Audio’s larger, more expensive SUB-1500, the differences falling within the specified ±1 dB range of error for this measurement. That’s impressive.\nOf all the budget subs we’ve tested, the SUB-1200 delivers the best blend of definition and tunefulness in the upper and mid bass, as well as couch-shaking power in the low bass. \nIt is good to see this because I think the SUB1200 is the budget sub most often recommended here. Also, I really appreciate his mention of "definition and tunefulness" because, although it is a subjective comment, I am not sure where we would realize that from objective measurements (ideas?).\nBut, more to the point, given the added cost and space required, we should probably take the SUB1500 off of the "recommend" list!\n3. The SUB1200 is impressively capable as a music sub! - It will not win approval for providing the ultimate in LFE, but does offer an impressive CEA rating of 101.7dB at 25Hz before it runs out of steam (dropping quickly to 91.5 at 20Hz)!\n4. Dayton Audio seems to be the brand to beat! - It is noteworthy that Dayton won the second choice as well with their 10" low profile subwoofer!