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svs vs. paradigm

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by ShaneH, Mar 7, 2001.

  1. ShaneH

    ShaneH Stunt Coordinator

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    Would like some comparisons between the svs subs and the paradigm pw-2200. I was planing to buy a pw2200 , but when i found out about svs i started to reconsider. Any info from people that have compared these two subs would be greatly appreciated. I would be using a old technics receiver 120x2 (stereo) 20 hz-20 khz into 8 ohms. thx.
     
  2. Tom Vodhanel

    Tom Vodhanel Cinematographer

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    If you mean you'd be using one channel of the receiver to power a single SVS...I'd just go ahead and pick up the PW2200 if it was about the same price.
    The pw2200 is an outstanding subwoofer...I'd like to think a single SV passive with half the samson(350w) would have a decent advanatge on the pw2200....but with about 120-150w...it would be very close(imo).
    The real performance/cost ratio for SVS is with the twin CS/700w amp combos. Those are hard to match.
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  3. RichardH

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    [Admin: this should really be in HT Hardware]
    Shane,
    Here is some data from Tom Nousaine (respected sub expert/reviewer):
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    All figures are for a corner loaded subwoofer, 2 meter mic distance,10% distortion limit,and the SPLs have been averaged from the maximum output at 1/3 spacing at 25/31/40/50/63hz.
    Paradigm PW2200 - 107.4dB / 20hz~91dB(106.25)
    HSU RESEARCH VTF-2 - 107.1 / 20hz~93dB(106)
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    I think the first number is avg. output and the second part is the low-end extension. The number in parentheses is a "corrected" value because the amount of output at 63Hz can skew the avg. upward. As you can see, in terms of output, the $500 Hsu is right there with the Paradigm (actually a smidge higher). I'm pretty sure a single 25-31PC (powered version) can beat the VTF-2....
    Tom V, would you have an estimate as to what a single 25-31PC could do in the kind of test that Nousaine did?
    I'm guessing a PW-2200 costs about as much as a single 25-31PC ($675)? Also, $665 will buy you a (passive) 25-31CS plus a THX-certified Parasound monoblock that will put out 240w into 4 Ohms. Now, we're talking performance that should definitely beat the Paradigm. Anyway, you should say how much the PW-2200 is, and/or how much you're willing to spend.
    IMO, even though you have the old receiver to use, if you're willing to spend that kind of money, you're better off with new amplification.
    RichardH
     
  4. ShaneH

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    My local price on the pw-2200 is probably $1000 canadian taxes included , where as the svs 16-46cs would probably be around 850 canadian plus tax(not sure how that works for U.S. orders) Just wondering which parasound amp you were refering too and if you know a good place to order one. My local dealer sells the hca750 for $850 Can. And I think the next one down is the zamp which is alot less power. Thx
     

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