2 channel music. i have a pair of bookshelves that i may want to upgrade to some more substantial floor standers. havent made any purchases yet but since svs is talked about so much and they are internet direct i thought it may be something to look in to. you have any other suggestions for a good sub? the one i have doesnt have a very good extension, only 35 hz. would like something that reaches closer to 20 hz.
I have a Hsu STF-3 which by design choice goes down to 25 Hz (not much content below that). It rocks for HT yet integrates well with music. The STF-2 would be an equally good choice in a small room, but the STF-3 is the same price as the SVS 20-39PCi.
I haven't heard the SVS. Being in Canada, Hsu was an easy choice for me.
Christopher - The bass with SVS bass units is ok but the unit itself is bigger than life. 2 other problems I found with SVS subs are the 3 huge ports in the rear, and the base plate. If you have a carpeted floor the difference in sound between the carpeted floor and the solid base plate in combination with the 3 huge ports = directionality with the sub. Besides having to stare at the monstrosity one then is drawn to the different character of it's sound. Under the right circumstances they make good subs and their customer service is very good, but there are better. It would help to know your speakers and music preference. I like classical and jazz with some occasional funk and rock. I bought a Era Sub 10 and have not looked back.
well i have B&W 601s right now. i was thinking of upgrading to some floorstanders when i have the money. not sure which ones, thats another topic of discussion. i guess i have a similar taste in music as you art. i would like something that can articulate detailed music like classical or jazz, not making a bass sound like a fog horn, but be able to have some thump and punch for other types of music. that probably leads to very expensive subs. *sigh*, im going to be broke again, haha.
The PB12 ISD/V. Regardless of which one you get unless it's their smallest it will suck up many cubic feet of your home. I actually considered trading it back for a tube, but the Era was so damn good that like I said before, I have not looked back. I really do think that the Hsu or Outlaw are better bets as they don't have the negatives that SVS has while still having the positives. I personally am sticking to 10 inch or smaller bass drivers for their musicality. That is why the Vandersteen sub has 3 8 inchers instead of one big driver. Tighter for music.
Art, where did you get the Era sub from? ive tried looking for a website to see what their products are like but come up empy handed. so you would recommend hsu over any of svs's subs? any other subs that will compare or surpass the STF-2 at around the same price?
They are distributed by signalpath (Musical Fidelity, Sona Design, and Era). They make the best satellites I've heard for less than twice the price and the very best sub I've heard. Designed by Michael Kelly of Aerial Acoustics these speakers are giant killers.
Chris i really like my svs but depending on your music tastes it may not be suitable. Lots of spl but not entirely accurate for classical, jazz ect. I guess the best way to put it is a little muddy for fine listening.
I listen to alot of electronic music and classic rock so obviously my tastes are a little different so it works extremely well for me. Plus it looks very modern in my opinion, which is suited to my decorating tastes as well. I like being a little different lol.
For watching movies, this is where it really shines. The .1 is madness lol. My room is only 12X18 and you can feel the air pressure change on the hairs of your arms when i have the sub dialed in a little hot like 1 o'clock on the gain. I hope this helps.