joinng the SVS (22-31) club this weekend, does it sound like anything esle out there?

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  1. Keir H

    Keir H Second Unit

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    Finally! Getting a SVS second hand this weekend hopefully. In my anticipation, I was just wondering if there was something out there in another popular sub that the 25-31 sounds similar to. IOW, will expect something like a Servo 15, VTF-2, HGS-10, Q100E ect...or will it have a life of it's own? ANy comparisions at all? My room is about 3200 CU/ft. thanks!
     
  2. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    I can compare my 20-39 to an old Optimus 10" 120 watt ported in a 2500 cu ft room - -

    Opty was thin and boomy - SV is rich and powerful.

    You will be amazed, but be prepared to 'get used to it'.

    It may not be a revelation since it lacks the boom you are used to, but about the third day you say "Ahhhhhh, I see!"
     
  3. Greg Br

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    I have not listened to those high end subs but I can tell you it will blow away anything in the $600 sub range.
     
  4. Jon D

    Jon D Stunt Coordinator

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    I can compare a 16-46 PC to an old 150 watt 10" JBL, but that would be like comparing an apple to the whole damn orange grove. You'll like it.
     
  5. Steve Stogel

    Steve Stogel Supporting Actor

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    Colin!!, I replaced an Optimus sub, too. Mine was the 12-incher, though. It was a passive sub, so I bought a cheap sub amp to push it (dbx) years ago (150W into 4ohms). When I bought the amp for the Optimus, it really made the Optimus sound better. When I got the SVS and hooked it up to the same amp, it really made me feel like a freakin' idiot that I actually called that thing a subwoofer (a decent speaker down to 40Hz, maybe, but not a SUBwoofer).
    Keir, back on topic, the guy who got me into this HT stuff has an older Velodine (ULD-15, about 9-10 years old now, I'd bet). Great sub. It's a 15" woofer powered by an external amp (400W, I think?). His sub always impressed me to no end. It's been quite a while since I've heard it, but what I can say is that the second-hand SVS I got (25-31 w/ 22Hz tune) gives me many of the same sensations that his subwoofer did. All the things that got my attention with his sub are the same things that grab my attention with my SVS (and the SVS is in a MUCH larger area than his Velo).
    One of my neighbors bought a Velo from CC (their lower end line). I forget the series name (CT?), but it was a 1012 whatever, meaning a 10" active woofer and a 12" passive radiator (as far as I can remember). I can tell you that his Velo sounded very, very boomy (this was with no knowledge on getting the most from a sub, though, as far as placement, et cetera). I found it impressive back then because he could move some air (like the ULD) for a pretty good price (I thought $600 for that kind of bass was good back then), but it was obviously doing just that, moving a lot of air. It rumbled, but it didn't have any of the finesse that the ULD had.
    And Colin is right that after a few days you'll realize that good bass is better than loud bass...well, good, loud bass is better than bad, loud bass, I should say. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.
    How much did you get it for, BTW?
    Steve
     
  6. Keir H

    Keir H Second Unit

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    Thanks guys for the few comparisions. I was hoping for more but I'll just to salivate until it gets here to see for myself. I have heard only in stores many of the tops brands that many mention around here but the one that impressed me the most was a HGS10 I heard at a Tweeter here in Houston. I though, "Wow that hard thumping. tight bass is coming from that little thing?" Servo 15 impressed me too as well as a MK MX5000 and REL Stadium, so I quickly knew that in oder to get quality slam and something that did not play one note, I had to spend $1000 or more...good, no great thing for SVS to come along! I'm sure I will be impressed. The Sony (SAWM40) stays though, until I can get an amp...[​IMG]. I got it for $309.
     
  7. Randy G

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    I had 2 HGS-10s stacked atop one another. Gotta say that I loved both of them...even one of them was damned powerful. It all really boils down to how loud you like to listen to stuff and how loud you're ABLE to listen to stuff. I live in a condo, and therefore can't blast away. But I still like to listen to some loud stuff once in awhile. The only reason I got rid of the two HGS-10s was to consolidate to a single HGS-12, which I'll be getting soon. I'll be giving up a slight amount of headroom, but gaining convenience and saving some money to boot. Like I said, it all depends on how loud you like to listen. Many on this forum would have you believe that if ya can't get 110 dbl at 20hz in a 7500 cubic ft. room, your sub sucks. I'd bet some serious dough that once you've got the sub properly calibrated, you'll hardly come close to what many of these subs are capable of. Yeah, I'm gonna hear all sorts of stuff about needing the extra headroom, but to the "average" listener, it's "usually" superflous. Now with the SVS subs, you're not really wasting a whole lot of money on the extra headroom because the subs are so relatively cheap to begin with. I suppose you could say that the extra headroom is kinda/sorta like a free bonus.
    Just my opinion.
     

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