We figure that if you have sold as many subwoofers as we have, collecting a few "barnacles" along the way is just the cost of doing business in this keyboard enabled world.
People with NO credibility, serious (or just minor) mental problems, and nothing but malice in their hearts can peck out a note like everyone else. I think it's quite clear that a couple guys have a "thing" for SVS when it comes to slander. Fortunately the same folks are SO steeped in the very propaganda they hope to further that their voices tend to have the opposite effect they intend (or so I believe). If a lunatic (even a well spoken one) continues baseless attacks, it's a thing that just seems to make folks even more curious than ever to check us out.
At one time we thought "Nightietrain" just one of those statistical certainties we wanted to go away. Now our marketing department is thinking of sending him a monthly check. You almost feel you would have to invent a nutcase like this if he wasn't already out there. I know if I had him as a spokesman FOR our brand, I'd be working overtime to find a way to separate us from him. Whatever, he's the competition's burden, not ours. Customers "get" him, and have, for a long time now.
For the record, one of the SVS's he "owned" was said to be a "secondhand" PC-Ultra (they are always, second hand, curiosly with no effort to transfer the warranty or let us know who the seller was). The PC-Ultra had been shipping for about a week when he reported that in one forum. Well within the period we would have just had returned a sub from an actual customer that was less than thrilled with his SVS.
Needless to say Nightrain (AKA "Caligari" on Audio Review and "Nick R" here. He has other pseudonyms at E-Coustics and still other places) never had a PC-Ultra, he probably never even heard or SAW one. I wonder if he's seen or heard ANY SVS. When you have to invent ownership to criticize an OEM, you have to wonder about the first point I made above about mental stability.
One thing is certain. No one had a problem with any of Ed Mullen's other reviews. He'd be touted as a combination of Jesus, Budda, and Allah by the same guys attacking his results now... if only he'd found other brands superior.
Well there is one other thing certain. If our own data (held very closely) ever indicated a HINT of bias, or inflation in that reported by Mr. Mullen, you can be sure he'd no longer be in consideration for review product from SVS. We don't need nor will we ever want "toadies". You do like to see scientifically based third parties without vested interests corroborate your own data though, and in this case Ed's done just that.
Robb, you had better stop babying that PB10-ISD or I'll think better of having loaned you that one. Oh, and you and Ed are not alone... "there is another". If there could be a guy as thorough and meticulous about testing as Ed it's one of the guys Tom suggested over at the Sound and Vision Forum. I don't know him well but you have to have a fairly firm grasp of your anatomy to send a sub to a guy with a handle of "Irate Guy" (FKA "Crazy Old Fart"). We know we're in for "the treatment" when we saw this setup
with the slate gray PB10-ISD already set in the corner.
We sure would have liked to have send out our subs for early beta test bashers but parts just weren't available. There are still a few folks on board to write up reviews but their's will be based on the first production subs off our Ohio assembly line. The ones Ed, Rob and "COF" have are full production spec parts in every respect but they are literally a few of many soon to come.
Pete, for sure the added enclosure space is one big factor. If you saw the competing product's driver side by side with the PB10-ISD's you would quickly know there's just a bit more to it than that ;^) Don't know if Ed or anyone has shots showing this posted any place but it's only a matter of time before you see them I'm sure.