Everything I read about SVS speakers is that everybody that has them loves them. Are they really that much better than most of the other subs out there?
I planned on spending about $600 on a new sub and, from everything I’ve read, the SVS PB12-NSD sounds great . However,I’ve never had a chance to compare them to any of the other speakers I’ve “tested” (and I’ve tested quite a few)so I really have nothing to go by other than their popularity and the praise I read from all those that have them.
Is it that easy a choice to make? Are they that good of a sub for my $600 price range that I should just go ahead and order one from their web-site?(I’ve called but unfortunately, I haven’t heard back from them. Maby too busy filling orders)
Are they really that much better than everything else out there for the money that they’re hands down, no question about it?
Thanks for any comments,suggestions.
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When you get into a higher price range there are competitors, such as the Velodyne DD series, but SVS and Hsu are still very competitive.
I have a PB12-Ultra/2 where I've plotted it down to 11 Hz in my room. I had a Vandersteen V2W before that. A very good sub. I got to 21 Hz for that one. Before that, I had a Velodyne HGS-12. That could do to 20 Hz, but it couldn't play as loud as the Vandersteen. And the Vandersteen couldn't play anywhere close to as loud as the SVS. (There obviously are differences in cost and total driver area between all those though too.) But out of the 3 submakers that I've had personal experience with, and with cost in mind too, SVS offers a significantly better value. (Bang for the buck.)
Look around for Ed's reviews and measurements. SVS really does offer better performance for less money than most other companies. And they have top notch customer service too.
- Jan 1, 2003
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- May 1, 2006
OH MY GOD!
The first time I put in the live version of Metallica's "One" from the Binge & Purge box set the explosives were incredible. And then Lars kicked in. It was all over. I was waiting for a structural collapse.
And Primus with Les Claypool on his 6-string bass!!!! You can not describe the intensity.
I have a 2.5 year old boy and a 35 week pregnant wife, so I don't get to really turn it up often. And its probably better that I don't.
When it was delivered I had to have a neighbor help me carry it in, unpack it, and get it out of the box. He looked at me and said "your kidding me, right?" I told him to prepare for a weekend of disturbance and to bear with me and not call the cops. He laughed and has been a good sport.
The house next to me is for sale and I am considering using it as a weapon if I don't like the looks of someone looking at the house.
- Dec 30, 2004
I happen to be a happy owner of a HSU VTF-3 Mk2 ($700), which has variable tuning -- 25Hz or 20Hz - both +/-2dB flat, but 25Hz tune has 4dB more headroom. That being said, using the 25Hz tune and both ports open, I still get strong output to 19-20Hz. The 20Hz tune gets me to about 15-16Hz strong (-3dB or so), but with one port plugged in that mode, I get more air turbulence through the single port, and less bass since my room is rather large. I have opted for the 25Hz tune (which still gets me to 20Hz "flat" in-room). So basically it's like the STF-3, which is tuned to 25Hz (and is 300wRMS rather than 350wRMS for the VTF-3), which is $600. On the VTF-3 (and my Ascend 340SEs) music is tight and musical, from drums to bass guitars, and movies sound phenomenal.
I'm sure you'd be happy with an offering from either company, and could only tell a difference with side-by-side testing, if at all.
There are a lot of reasons why any one person chooses a particular component. Place of manufacture is one of my personal considerations.
This is exactly why I suggest looking up Ed Mullen's reviews. He looks at all 3: low freq extension, output, and distortion.
Now,everything I've read points to having the SPL meter to set it up properly(but do I really need the Avia disc or can I just use the receivers white noise sound to tune the sub. in properly?)
Thanks again for all the help,
- Sep 4, 1998
Thank you very much for the order. Please don't hesitate to email me ( [email protected] ) if you have ANY setup or calibration questions once the PB12nsd arrives. We (Ron and myself) don't have a lot of free time to spend on the forums anymore...we still answer all techsupport emails within 24 hours(usually within an hour or two) seven days a week!
Thanks to all for the kind comments about SVS too...very much appreciated!