So I took that plunge and ordered the svs 2231 and I recieved it last week. The first thing I noticed was that my sub did not come double boxed as many have posted prior to me. That was somewhat disappointing. Not that my sub came damaged, but the sides of the sub I'm sure were exposed to some abuse since there is only thin cardboard with a plastic sleeve covering it. Why was my sub discriminated against?? [(] Have the svs guys just stopped double boxing? Well then I went ahead and measured the heght of my sub. I noticed that it was actually 33 inches as opposed to the 31 as I expected. I measured with 2 different tapes to make sure that it wasn't an error. Well what I am thinking is that the 31" is the actual height of the sub(minus the base) and the base adds the extra 2". I was also hoping to get one of those neat svs signs that I have seen people recieve so I could hang it up, but I really wasn't expecting it. The fabric covering on the outside of the sub is not on as well as it probably should be. When I was trying to move it I noticed that it would constantly get wrinkled, and I would have to straighten it out. I also noticed that the port on the top, has 4 "shock absorbers", that look to be the same material that the sub came protecting it. Is that normal? I take it that it is. Just wondering what it is for? Anyways, nothing major just some discrepancies that I noticed upon recieving my sub. As far as sound quality goes, it does sound great. The bass is smooth and tight, and has the ability to shake your heart until it stops beating. I really haven't pushed my sub, since I have it set to just half way on the sub volume. I'm scared of getting thrown out of my apartment.[:] I would like to hear the svs guys thoughts on this.