SVS 16-46CS+ or 20-39CS+ for 11' x 13' room

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  1. Thomas Monahan

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    Hi All,

    My 11' x 13' dedicated HT room is sealed. I only use the room to watch movies, no music. Also, I don't watch movies at reference level. I usually set my Denon 5800 receiver at about -10db on the volume control with 0 being reference level. I do usually set the sub at about 3db over the other speakers. The sub will sit in the front left corner of the room. There is not enough room to put 2 SVS's side by side in the corner. If I were to buy two SVS's the second would have to be placed in the front right corner about 8' apart.

    I am torn between the 16-46CS+ and the 20-39CS+. Since the room is small and I don't listen at reference levels, I wonder if I would really need the 20-39CS+ greater output capability at higher frequencies.

    Since bass levels in dvd's are getting lower, U-571 and TFM, I wonder if it would be better to get the 16-46CS+ because of it's lower extension. That way, regardless of the dvd, I would know that my sub is capable of reproducing all the bass on the disc.

    I would greatly appreciate any opinions on my dillema.

    Thanks

    Thomas
     
  2. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    i RUN A BASIC 20-39cs IN 2400 CU FT (caps lock) and have yet to bottom it.

    I do the same as you, -10 or less all the time, and ONCE I did the TPM THX boom ball at ref to see if I would hit the limit....I didn't.

    16-46+ for you, sir. You will not run out of volume in that room in a million years.

    - CM
     
  3. Tony Meconiates

    Tony Meconiates Stunt Coordinator

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    go with the 16+
     
  4. Neil N

    Neil N Stunt Coordinator

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    Add another vote for the 16+. It sounds like you'll have plenty of headroom, so go for the extra extension. As an owner of a 20-39cs in a slightly larger room, I know that's what I'd go for.
     
  5. BobAlbano

    BobAlbano Second Unit

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    I vote for the 20-39cs+! Why do you ask? You can insert the port plug to have a 16-46! That way if you ever move to a bigger room or need the extra output you have it! Just something to think about..You are already on the right path with the SVS though![​IMG]
     
  6. Steve Stogel

    Steve Stogel Supporting Actor

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    One more vote for the 16+. With under 1,500 cubic feet, you should have plenty of headroom. Not only that, but you may even be able to get away with using the port plugs on the 16+ as well. Bob has a good point that you can tune the 20+ down a bit, but you can do the same with the 16+ and get even LOOOOOOWER (James Earl Jones' voice right there, if you please). I think you may still have plenty of headroom even with the 16+ tuned to, what, 10 or 12Hz? Absolutely awesome. I think having a small, sealed dedicated HT room is perfect for getting the best from your sub. So go for extension, extension, and more extension, IMHO.

    Steve
     
  7. Thomas Monahan

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    Based on your advice, I have decided to get the 46+.

    With my current sub in the front left corner I can sometimes localize it's position. I am using the Denon's THX crossover. Would it be a good idea to get a second sub for the front right corner so the bass wouldn't be localizable?. If so, should I go with two 46+ or would two 46CS's be a good fit for my room?.

    Thanks to all for taking out the time to help me.

    Thomas
     
  8. Joe-T

    Joe-T Stunt Coordinator

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    My former sub (Velodyne CT-120) was somewhat localizable it the left front corner of my room, but since switching to the SVS CS+, I cannot localize it any more. The SVSs blend very well with my other speakers and don't draw unnecessary attention to themselves. I would consider dual subs for extra headroom, but not necessarily for balance. In fact, with dual subs, I find them to sound the best side-by-side. Although you could use two subs for balance if you find it necessary.
     
  9. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    If you can afford it, sure, get the 2 plus subs.

    You will need to call the local seismic institute after every action flick to have them call off the National Guard, however.
     

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