SVS 20-39 or 16-46 PC/CS?!

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  1. Bo Assdale

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    Hey everyone!!

    This is my first post on this forum and I have a couple of questions concerning the infamous SVS subs!!

    I really have nothing to add to the following which is a copy of an e-mail I have sent to the guys at SVS!!

    ...but perhaps any of you guys have some expert-advice you would like to share with me and maybe have some knowledge when it comes to my current sub (Yamaha YST sw-800) and/or Receiver (Yamaha RX-V 740)?!

    P.s. You'll have to excuse my English but I'm not a "native"- I come from Denmark!

    This is the mail:
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    Hey SVS!!

    I have been offered a used Samson S-700 (perfect- apart from a couple of scratches & it is fully functional) for 175$!
    Because of the aforementioned offer I don't know if I should choose either the powered 20-39/16-46 or the passive models with according specs?! The powered models are priced at exactly 170$ more than their passive "counterparts"! On my receiver it seems I can only adjust the output level of the LFE but not the crossover (I have the Yamaha RX-V 740) Is this a must when adjusting the sub to your HT or what do you reckon?!

    I currently have my HT setup in a 4x4 meter room and really don't know what sub I would get the most out of...!

    On your web-page you write that with the 16-46 (and it's deep extension) you sacrifice the "higher" low-frequency notes (... in the 20-50 Hz department) for the deeper bass!
    ...but how many dB's are we talking about- 'cause I'm guessing the 16-46 isn't exactly a slouch when it comes to the "higher frequencies"...!

    Are there a lot of movies that actually take advantage of the sub-20 Hz that the the 16-46 can produce?!

    I currently own a Yamaha YST sw-800 (and have so for only about 2 months)! My problem is that it suffers from a great deal of port-noise during "hectic bass-scenes"! Especially the "Ice-crystal scene" in Titan A.E. is making it cry uncle, mommy, Bob Saget and what not!!!
    I bought it for about 640$!

    When I ad everything up (Sub+Shipping+Custom-fees+"Extra taxes")- a 16-46 CS sets me back 955$ (...+ the 175$ for the used Samson S-700)

    Can you honestly say, that it outperforms the Yamaha by that much (dollar for dollar!!)
    Can the CS i.e. "do" the Ice-Crystal scene at LOUD levels without crying Danny Tanner?! Once again will I need the opportunity to adjust the crossover and so on?!

    Hugs & Kisses
    Bo Andersen

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    Shower me with advice concerning some/all of the above-mentioned questions/"riddles"! It will be much needed and appreciated!!
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  2. Edward J M

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    Please provide:

    - room dimensions

    - ceiling height

    - describe any permanent openings and their location with respect to the proposed subwoofer location

    - the distance from the proposed subwoofer location to the key listening positions

    - your preferred playback volume for HT (moderate, loud, or REALLY room-shakingly loud)

    - your listening tastes for music (mainly looking for source material with really deep subsonic content like pipe organ)

    Regards,

    Ed
     
  3. Bo Assdale

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    - Room dimensions- 4x4 meters

    - Ceiling Height- 2.20 meters

    - "Permanent openings"- a door behind the left front speaker (Dali 15a) but it's always closed when listening at a loud level! The door is situated at the opposite wall of where the sub is likely to be placed!

    - Distance from sub to key listening positions (min/max)- 0,30 cm/4 meters

    - Loud & the occational REALLY loud- when I'm showing of in front of my friends [​IMG]

    - Music tastes- Mainly Hip Hop but otherwise a bit of rock (I would like to start listening to classical because of the "soothing effect" when I'm in "work mode" but I haven't got any CD'es yet!")
    [​IMG]

    Bo
     
  4. Edward J M

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    OK, you have a small room (about 1000 ft2), and mainly are into HT and hip hop/rock.

    If you can find an excellent S700 for $175 that's a great deal.

    I would advise the 25-31 CS or the 20-39 CS for you. You can always add a second cylinder in the future if you move to a larger room. But a single cylinder in that size room should be plenty powerful.

    Your listening tastes do not dicate the need for a 16-46 CS, and I think you would be better off with the smaller cylinder that has a bit more punch and output in the more common HT and music frequency regions.

    Furthermore, in that small room, you will have good "room gain" and will realize about another 3-4 Hz extension from any model you choose. If I was going to choose for you, I'd opt for the 25-31 CS, which should be flat to nearly 20 Hz in-room and will really pound well for HT and hip hop/rock.

    Regards,

    Ed
     
  5. Rudi B

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    Bo,

    I replaced a Yamaha YST-SW800 with an SVS PB2+ ... From now on, I can barely categorize the Yammie as a subwoofer, more a fart box [​IMG]

    I blew around $1900 for everything (customs, shipping, VAT,...) but you only live once, I guess... And I still can't find anything available at local dealers that would best the PB2+, no matter the price.

    BTW, my room is a bit larger (4.5 x 5.5 x 2.2 m), music taste mainly rock type and, yes... You will get interested in deep-bass classical stuff, trust me [​IMG]

    I would suggest a CS+ 25-31 - shipping cost should be a bit lower, you will have quasi 16Hz playback capability (port stuffing), and you won't keep asking yourself "What if, what if I bought the plus"...
     
  6. Edward J M

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    Also consider the following:

    S700: $175
    25-31CS: $379
    Total: $554

    25-31PCi: $550

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    S700: $175
    Dual 25-31CS: $758
    Total: $933

    PB2-ISD: $900

    Of course delivery will eat you up for any/all of the above, but I simply want to illustrate what a good value a powered cylinder is compared to the passive rig and a single cylinder.

    And if you went with dual passive cylinders to take advatage of the second S700 amp channel, a better choice for the same money would be the PB2-ISD, with variable tuning and the SS filter, etc.

    Regards,

    Ed
     
  7. Frank Carter

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    Beware of Yamaha and pro audio gear like the Samson amp...I've tried a Samson S1000 w/2 different Yamaha receivers and with both I had an impedance mismatching problem. The Yamaha's LFE output couldn't drive the Samson properly. The problem was fixed by purchasing the SVS/Marchand box to boost the signal. It also adds continously variable phase on one output and an adjustable subsonic filter. I'm not saying that it definitely will cause a problem in your case but I'm not the only one who's had problems with the Yamaha/Samson combo(I've had no problems with my current HK receiver). If you buy an SVS with a built in amp you can avoid the possibility of the problem all together. If you want to get the SVS/Marchand box, then you'll have the added flexibility for any other sub you get in the future.
     
  8. steve nn

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    Hi Bo. Considering all of your perimeters I would listen to Ed very closely. You will not be disappointed.
     
  9. Bo Assdale

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    Thanks for the advice everybody!

    Do you know if the passive version of the 20-39 actually produces a couple more dB's than its' powered counterpart?!

    ...currently I'll have to say, that the 20-39 PCi is in the lead (...I WAS opting for the 16-46 CS, but your advice coupled with the same recommendation coming from SVS' Erik K- I'm almost sure!!)
    Futhermore- I can (if I'm lucky) get a demo of the 20-39 PCi here in Denmark- because a guy on a "local" forum owns one!! Yippeee for me!

    ...but keep the advice coming (and if anyone knows of a similar performer to the 20-39 PCi in the same price-class- let me know!! I am open to suggestions!

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  12. Bo Assdale

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    What about 2039 CS+- it will set me back 1090$
    Could I then use the Samson S-700 with it or is it to underpowered to properly take advantage of the CS+ series!
    Would it be a foolish move to invest in the CS+ series when not equipped with a fitting amp to power it! Would the "common" CS or PCi be a better fit?!
     
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    350 watts will make the plus series sing Bo. You might be able to gain a db in a dual situation by throwing 450 watts at each channel. Nothing to be concerned about I assure you. Go with the 20-39CS+ along with the S-700 imo and see what you think. Most likely it will be a (out of body experience) and that will be the end of it. Just keep in mind what Frank says also. I have heard of this with the Yamaha. Could be a few more dollars but you will have bass that can/will be very addicting.[​IMG]
     
  15. Bo Assdale

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    Hey everyone- thanks for all the advice!

    What exactly is a "subsonic filter"- please don't disown me because of this "n00B-ish" question...!

    I can buy a used 12-band equalizer (Denon DE-70) and a Kenwood SA 90 Spectrum Analyzer (whatever the h*** that is :b ) for about 80$ in total!

    (I had included a link, but was told, that since I hadn't posted 15 times yet, I couldn't link to any pages [​IMG])

    Will these "gadgets" help me in "tweeking" the passive sub- i.e. crossover?!

    ... or maybe even remove the entire "Yamaha/Samson mismatch problem"? (...nah I thought not)

    I have a hard time simply disregarding the Samson S-700 offer (...a steal if you ask me [​IMG] ) and the mere possibility of connecting yet another passive sub to it already has me drooling... [​IMG]
    ...but if the abovementioned equalizer won't help me "adjust" the sub, then it's: "Goodbye passive- hallo powered!!"

    [​IMG]

    By the way do any of you know of a sub called Infinity Intermezzo 1.2S?! If so then where (performans-wise) would you place it in the whole "SVS-scheme"?!
     
  16. Tom Vodhanel

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    Hi Bo,


    Steve is right...the CS+ will work fine with 300-350 watts. Jumping from 350 to 450-500 watts might give you another dB or so of headroom(maximum output capability) but unless you'll be pushing the subwoofer very hard...this probably won't even be audible.

    Tom V.
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  17. Bo Assdale

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    Hi Tom!

    So will I get more dB's with a CS+ than a CS eventhough I'm using the exact same amp to power either?!

    By the way do you know of people/customers who have had problems with a Samson amp and Yamaha RX-V 740 "combo"?!

    ...or for that matter any of the newer Yamaha models?!

    ...if so I'll have to invest in a powered model!

    What about these "old" questions:


    I can buy a used 12-band equalizer (Denon DE-70) and a Kenwood SA 90 Spectrum Analyzer (whatever the h*** that is ) for about 80$ in total!

    Will these "gadgets" help me in "tweeking" the passive sub- i.e. crossover and such?!
     
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    EQ's definitely help if you take the time to use it properly. Adding the BFD to my system is one of the best things I've done.
     
  19. Bo Assdale

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    At the very least do you think "my eq" could boost the signal and, if nothing else, help me with that problem?!
     
  20. Bo Assdale

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    BUMP! Please- do any of you have answers to any of the questions on this page that has not been answered?! Look up[​IMG] [​IMG]

    Will either a SVS 20-39 CS+ or a 25-31 CS+ (powered only by a Samson S-700) match or even exceed the B&W ASW650 or B&W ASW675?!

    Have any of you tried the B&W's?! Please help as I really want my money put to the best use ! (...don't we all?!)
     

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