I've got a really simple question here; I want to spend $200-$300 on a 2.1 set just for casual listening. Don't need it to be blaringly loud, but I want a subwoofer that'll pack a punch without taking up too much of the budget. I'm gonna play everything from the Blade Runner soundtrack with ambient sounds and stuff, to jazz fusion, to dubstep. I guess versatle would come to mind. Any thing that fits in my pathetic budget?
A subwoofer that "packs a punch" is relative to
1) Your expectations, what that means to you.
2) The size of your room *if* you are looking for one that can give that punch in the chest feel. That might be hard to accomplish unless your room is the size of a walk in closet. Typically that requires a sub that can pressurize a room.
See, a subwoofer is an amp AND a speaker. The better SQ and more powerful bass you want from it, the more it costs, and often relative to room size.