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Is SVS 25-31PCi the sub for me???

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by RM Haney, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. RM Haney

    RM Haney Extra

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    I purchased a Klipsch KSW-15 about 6 months ago and while its output is respectable, I would like more of the "punch in the chest" type of bass. The Klipsch hits hard some of the time, but other times it sound like a boomin' low rider rollin' through the hood. I want a sub that hits hard all of the time! My room is 24'x16'x10' ceiling. My listening habits consist of a 50/50 music/movie split. I hear so much hype about these subs, I really need to know-Is this the sub for me???

    Thanks, Mike
     
  2. Nate Nelson

    Nate Nelson Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd like to know also [​IMG] I plan on getting the same sub sometime soon and it's going into a 12x12 room (8ft ceiling). I want the same as rick here. A sub which hits me hard in the chest. Hoping the 25-31 will do it for me, just about bought it today 'till I found out my check didn't go through so I didn't have the money [​IMG]
     
  3. Greg Br

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    Nate and Richard

    I have two 20-39 subd and I can say in the daily use of the sub that I have never had the low rider bass sound unless I put in music that called for low rider bass, ie Too Short. I think as room size goes Nate is in a better situation at about 1000cf of space, while with 4000cf of space Richard will have a much tougher time of reaching the same levels of bass with the same sub. That being said they will easily whip the Klipsch, another speaker I demoed and was not going to cut it.

    In these type of posts it is always helpful to post your expectations and goals. If Richard wants to reach refernce levels of bass on dvd's you most likely will not do it with a single 25-31 while Nate might. The only people I have read that did not like the SVS were due to there size and not performance, since neither of you expressed concern over that it should not be an issue, and beside the 25-31 is a small sub(I do not consider 16"round and 2.5feet high big).

    Either way you have 45 days to try and return it or your out the shipping, its a win win
     
  4. Nate Nelson

    Nate Nelson Stunt Coordinator

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    Thats good to hear. I'd get the 20-39 if I had the money, but I don't right now and since this will be my first HT sub and my first HT system all together, I'm sure I'll be happy with practically anything I get.
    I just want a sub that hits me in the chest. You know when you're at concerts and you feel the drums pound--thats what I want [​IMG] Even if I get a little bit, I'll be happy. Anything is better than my Midiland 8200 5.1 setup I used with my computer, before. single 6" driver, 200w (supposedly) bleh [​IMG] I bottomed that thing out a lot and it was always real boomy.
     
  5. Greg Br

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    With 1000cf and the high spl's in the 50hz range you will have some chest thumping bass, especially with music, seems I am not afraid to rip the music loud but with DVD's you need to be careful, hate to be like +20 over refernce and blow the sub on some 25hz material.
     
  6. Ryan Schnacke

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    I believe Ron and Tom would say that the 25-31 will have more of the "punch in the chest" type sound than either the 20-39 or 16-46. This is likely due to its slight output advantage above 25Hz. I've got the 25-31PC (original) and I've heard the 20-39 (original) and they sound VERY similar to me. But my impression is that the 25 has just a bit more punch while the 20 has just a bit more low-end shake/smoothness. Very subtle differences though.

    I think this is definately a case where spending more (for the 20-39 or 16-46) is not necessarily worthwhile. The 20-39 is not a "better" sub than the 25-31 ... just different.

    BTW, my original 25-31PC is quite powerful in a 6000 cu ft room. I typically play movies 10dB below reference with the sub 3dB hot. So it gets within 7dB of reference without a single hiccup on tough flicks like Phantom Menace, Toy Story 2, Titan AE. All speakers set to small. That's almost to good to believe from a single sub.
     
  7. Brian Fellmeth

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    I'll seccond Ryan's comments. I had a friend's 20-39 side by side with my 25-31 (both PC's). They were almost identical in sound. The extra extension of the 20-39 was very subtle even with very deep material. But the extra SPL output of the 25-31 was easy to demonstrate. If you can only afford 1, and chest thumping is the goal, then the 25-31 is the way to go.
     
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    I must agree with Brian. I have two 25-31CS's (actually 22-31CS's) and they most definitely thump my chest. Moves my hair on occassions and moves pant legs every now and then. For a dedicated HT I'd go with the 20-39 or 16-46 but if there is going to be a lot of music played then the 25-31 is the way to go. I continue to be impressed with mine. And I have a 4500cu.ft. room.
    If money is an issue, go with the 25-31's. You won't be let down. I wasn't. [​IMG]
     
  9. Tom Vodhanel

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    Hi Richard,

    Is there certain soruce material(specific DVD scenes) that you feel gives the klipsch the most trouble? Is this something that presents itself more as the volume levels are increased?

    TV
     
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    I once asked this question elsewhere and failed to get an answer. I'll try again ....

    What about mixing SVS models? One 25-31 and one 20-39, for instance? The best of two worlds or fighting woofs? Which is it? (assuming proper placement, etc.)
     
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    >>I once asked this question elsewhere and failed to get an answer. I'll try again ....

    What about mixing SVS models? One 25-31 and one 20-39, for instance? The best of two worlds or fighting woofs? Which is it?
     
  12. Steve Stogel

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    Bob, the answer I've seen to this question is that you do not want to mix and match SVS subs. It just makes getting the sound dialed in that much harder. Seems you're always best to go with two matched subs. They just integrate better. Pick your tuning point, and go with that. AFAIK, you can choose between 16Hz, 20Hz, 22Hz, and 25Hz. They probably even have an 18Hz port, but I haven't heard of it. So, long story short, don't mix, double up.

    Steve
     

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