New Sub worth it?

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  1. Mark*M

    Mark*M Auditioning

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    I have a 27X25 basement with 7 foot ceilings that is carpeted and insulated throughout. I have a Kenwood VR-510 Receiver, Klipsch RS3II fronts,RC3II center, RS3II surrounds, and a Sony SAWM40 12" Sub (120 Watts).

    As you can see by my equipment, I am no audiophile. I purchased what I have because it seemed to the best quality for what I was willing to spend. My sub is the last piece of my original equipment. The sub seems adequate, but I can't "feel" it.

    After reading about the SVS subs on this forum I was thinking of purchasing a PB1-ISD. I guess I need to know if this would be a "night and day" difference? Would I feel that sub in my large basement?

    Any help here would be appreciated.
     
  2. Jeff Gatie

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    The difference between the Sony and a PB1-ISD will be night and day. For sheer SPL's and response down low the Sony, while a good little sub for not much money, is not even close to the SVS. That is a big room however, so even the SVS may struggle to get reference bass.
     
  3. Craig Chase

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    Our basement is about the same in cubic feet... I would recommend the 25-31 PCi... it will have the highest output from 25 HZ up of any standard driver SVS ... and will give you really powerful bass in that room !
     
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    Yes it will be worth it. You may need to give your ears a chance to adjust from the boominess of the Sony to the clean, deep bass of the SVS.
     
  5. Wayne Ernst

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    Personally, in a basement of that size, I'd spend my $$ on an infinite baffle setup. Best bang for the buck in this situation - and plenty of bass that you should be able to feel.
     
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    Craig I thought the PCI 25-31 and the PB-1 had almost identical characteristics for output. Is there a small difference in the two?

    Greg
     
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    Greg - Yes, the slightly larger internal volume and signifigantly larger porting area will give more output in the 22 to 30 Hz range with the cylinder...
     
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    I've heard the WM40 and 25-31. The WM40 doesn't even begin to approach the capability of a 25-31.
     
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    That is what I wanted to hear. My Sony has done me well. I have performed the mods suggested on other forums and that definitely cleaned up the sound, and removed boominess. However, there is no "punch" and it seems I just don't even hear some low end effects at all.

    I will be ordering my SVS PB1-ISD tomorrow and hopefully my wife won't notice the change???

    Thanks for the push.....
     
  10. Joey_V

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    pb1 is good - i like the 22-31PCi better though - cheaper and easier to corner load. but hey, go for what u want! [​IMG]
     
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    You would be hard pressed to hear anything more than subtle differences between these three subs:

    25-31 PCi
    PB1-ISD
    "22-31" PCi (a 25-31 PCi with a factory 22 Hz tune – longer vent)

    They all employ the same driver, vent size, and amplifier.

    The cylinders are a bit less expensive to manufacture, so they offer a slightly higher performance/$$ ratio. And they have a smaller footprint. The box is more traditional, and a box design is important to many prospective buyers.

    Since they will all offer very similar performance, I think aesthetics and personal preferences will probably influence your final decision the most.

    And yes, any of the three will completely embarrass the WM40.

    Regards,

    Ed
     

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