Always consider the source\n\nwhen someone on the web says "this subwoofer is the best i've ever heard!"\nfollow up with the question "what were your other subs?"\n\nYoink! Gotta give credit where credit is due :)\n\nForums\n\nForums can be a fantastic tool for people who are new to home audio and looking for recommendations. However, with any advice you receive, it's important to consider the source. While most forum inhabitants are happy to help, realistically not everyone is well equipped to do so. Context is critical in ascertaining what is pertinent to your situation, and what isn't.\n\nPreferences, experience, and usage all have significant impact upon how useful advice may be to your situation. It's usually a mistake to take speaker advice from someone who's experience is limited to one or two models. It's also probably wise to understand that someone who listens to jazz at moderate volumes in a small room is likely to have different priorities than someone who listens to heavy metal at high volumes in a large space. Further, it is a mistake to assume that everyone enjoys the same "sound": for example, some people enjoy a big bass boost with their music, whereas a purist would not.\n\nIn the end, someone new to the hobby is perhaps best advised to take raw opinions with a healthy dose of skepticism. That is to say, you probably shouldn't buy a speaker because a I happen to think it sounds good. What makes me smile may make you cringe. The best advice comes from people who take your preferences and situation into account, and if they can back up their recommendations with objective data, so much the better. Happy listening!