Looking to add a powered sub to my home theater. I use this system 50% for music and 50% for home theater. I would like to spend around $400. I like my base tight. I want to feel the lows however. I currently have a pioneer vsx-1014 receiver and two Athena AS-F2 speakers. Any help appreciated.
I'm a Paradigm lover but the PDR10 cannot compare to the SVS and Hsu. Based on the info that I have, I would go for the SVS. My new SVS PB12 ISD/V will be delivered tommorrow, it replaces a Paradigm PW2100 which is light years better than the PDR10. There are some great internet direct products out there and I believe the 2 subs companies to be among the best. Joel it ain't meant as a put down to the PDR10 but I had one last year when I started to rebuild my system. Blew it up in a few weeks, and I don't drive subs very hard. Replaced it with the highly regarded PDR12. I found the bass to be bloated and overrated. I replaced it with the PW2100. Much better but still something is missing. Tommorow we see if the SVS is the answer. Lots of folks believe in them and I think they are worth the risk. Good luck Eric O.
My mother has a PDR-10 and I borrowed it for a few weeks before buying a sub last fall. It works okay but was never impressive on music (think a bass drum kick).
I eventually took a leap of faith and ordered a Hsu STF-3. It's true. there is no comparison! The LFE on movies is unreal and the sub added realism to music and opened up the soundstage. A kick drum hits you in the chest, yet still sounds accurate and crisp.
Titanic LFE 10/10 Apollo 13 LFE 10/10 Saving private Ryan LFE 10/10 Star Wars LFE 10/10 The empire strikes back LFE 10/10 The right stuff LFE 10/10 Master and commander LFE 10/10 Lord of the rings the two towers LFE 10/10 Glory LFE 10/10 Indiana Jones and the last crusade LFE 10/10 The last of the Mohicans LFE 10/10 Raiders of the lost ark LFE 10/10 Terminator 2 LFE 10/10 Amadeus LFE 10/10 Dances with wolves LFE 10/10 Robocop LFE 10/10 Chicago LFE 10/10 apocalypse now LFE 10/10 E.T. LFE 10/10 Earthquake LFE 10/10 Jaws LFE 10/10 Close encounters of the third kind LFE 10/10 Out of Africa LFE 7/10 Gladiator LFE 10/10 U-571 LFE 10/10 Black hawk down LFE 10/10 The sound of music LFE 7/10 West side story 7/10 My fair lady 8/10
Just like Jimvm & Arthur said, go with the HSU STF2 or SVS PB-10ISD, you might even be able to find a HSU dealer near you where you could try them. By the way, if you ever buy the HSU, tell me how it sounds! =)
Oh, I wasn't necessarily recommending either of those subs in my earlier post; I was merely responding to Eric's question about which of their models are around $400 and what their websites are. Hsu and SVS have stellar reputations but I'm in the hunt for a small, inexpensive sealed sub. I'm looking hard at the Onix ULW-10.