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Well, I've got an SVS. My opinions. Question at the end, too. (1 Viewer)

Steve Stogel

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I recently bought a 25-31CS from a guy in Houston ($250 :D). My bro-in-law was down there and picked it up for me, and I got it Tuesday. Unfortunately, work has been hectic, and I haven't even gotten to watch a whole movie (just bits and pieces :)).
Well, first about how it sounds (feels). Well, in a word, yikes! The only reason I got this sub was how cheaply I was able to pick it up. I really wanted a plus, but I figured this would satiate the upgrade bug until the PC+s come out. It would also, I figured, give me a rough idea of what to expect from the plus series (times 2, of course). It's really more like times 3 or more, though, since I'm pushing it with 150W. Anyway, I've listened probably within 5-10dB of reference, and I can't bottom this thing out (not that I want to). My living room is open to the breakfast area and kitchen. The living room/breakfast area is roughly 4800 cubic ft., and the kitchen has got to be another 1600+ cubic ft. I know it's far from ideal, but that's what you get with these open, airy houses these days :angry:.
Anyway, to sum up, I'm really impressed with the build, sound, materials, etc... And the hilarious thing is I paid $250 for this thing :D. I know there are a lot of CS subs being sold so people can upgrade, and if you haven't taken the SVS plunge yet, I couldn't more highly recommend it. It's just too inexpensive not to experience right now. I also figure I could sell mine for a coupla hunny if I get a plus series. Unbelievable job Tom, Ron, and everyone else at SVS.
My one question is how do I find out which incarnation of the 25-31CS this is? I know they've made several modification/improvements. I think the seller said they were 8-9 months old. Is there a way to check to see what, if any, (i.e. birch endcaps, better port, etc...) improvements my SVS has? If this is one of the originals, I just can't imagine what the plus subs will do.
Steve
P.S., Watched some of the Matrix tonight :emoji_thumbsup:, and one thing that jumped out at me was when Keanu realizes he's "The One" and dispatches of that dude in the end. When he stretches and the you get that low worble (best word I could think of. Sorry) and the screen does that water stretching effect thing, that sounded awesome. It's not so much that it sounded better, but that I had never even really heard that part like it was supposed to be heard. Does anybody know how low that section goes? Anyway, thanks again for putting out such an awesome product, SVS. I hope I can actually give you guys some business directly come summertime.
 

ColinM

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Email SV tech supt with the SN and they should be able to help, if they're not too busy.

- C

20*39 #492...I think...
 

Tom Vodhanel

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Hi Steve, good to hear the subs working ok for you. $250? You stole it!

You can check the #/production date on the bottom of the baseplate.

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Steve Stogel

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It was produced 04-09-01 (forgot to mention it's a 22.5Hz tune :D). Serial # 00039.
Funny sidenote. I've got my TV and front speakers set at a diagonal to one of my corners. So there's a gap behind the TV where the sub fits perfectly. Thought that would be good. Told my wife that she wouldn't even notice it. But there's a BIG problem. That thing is way too gorgeous to hide (believe it or not, my wife likes it as much as me...is she a keeper or what?). We're going to rearrange this weekend. Sub will stay in the same corner, but the TV, Speaks, Equipment Rack are going against the opposite wall, and the couch and recliner will surround the SVS. That way, the whole world can see the beauty that is SVS (maybe laying it on a little thick right here). The other benefit is we'll be right next to the sub, too :). This is the first upgrade I've made since we bought the house over 15 months ago!! If you couldn't tell, I'm a little jazzed about it.
 

Thomas_Berg

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i had a 25-31PC that was serial #00057(!) stuff like that just makes you know your sub was built with care.
 

Dennis Reno

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...I had never even really heard that part like it was supposed to be heard.
Well put Steve! I've had my SVS for a while now and it still amazes me what I was missing. Not just the BIG booms either. Don't get me wrong, stuff like the TOY STORY 2 THX loop are great, but I'm amazed at how much bass is in movies. Perfect example, the truck jackknife scene in THE MEXICAN. It isn't as deep or pronounced as many of the more famous scenes, but after experiencing it with the SVS sub I replayed it with the amp shut off. The scene lost much of its impact without it (no pun intended!)

I'm sure our neighbors won't shed to many tears when the moving van pulls in shortly. SVS and attached condos are not exactly a match made in heaven!
 

Steve Stogel

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:laugh: SVS and attached combos. That's rich. I think SVSs have a problem getting along with walls, windows, floors, et cetera. I've got a wicked rattle coming from the window closest to the corner where it sits. The windows have some sort of spring mechanism to make it easier to raise (because we all know how hard it is to get an aluminium-framed window up without the help of some stupid springs in the frame), and something inside the window rattles (sounds like springs to me, anyway). So looks like I may have to switch that window out with one of the others that doesn't seem to have that problem. Of course, if the SVS is going to cause this to happen to all my windows, eventually I'll run out of windows to trade it out with and just have to brick that section in :D. It's all about dedication to your HT :emoji_thumbsup:
Steve
 

Greg Br

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I know what you are talking about, I watched it for the first time Tuesday night, and that scene had me reaching for the remote so I did not blow my sub. The other scenes that really got me were the gatling gun and the helicopter bending the glass of the building and then shattering.
 

Doug Drake

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Steve - Fun to find a steal, isn't it. I just picked up a May '01 vintage SVS 20-39PC for $450, barely used.

I inserted it into my system last night, sitting it on top of my Velo CT-120, and calibrated it with Avia so that both it and the Velo were putting out 85db (matching the rest of the system), but I only had one hooked up at a time. Then, I cranked up ID4 (the whole intro with the flyover -- even the opening titles have killer bass!!) and shook the house. I subsequently boosted the sub channel by 4db above the rest of the system when playing Dolby Digital signals for the added kick (thanks to the SVS FAQs for that tip).

Two quick observations -- I gained a better appreciation for just how good the CT-120 is (for its price and design), as it held its own pretty well. However, the SVS was just smoother and more penetrating. Using the frequency sweep on Avia showed a flatter bass response in the 25-40hz range than the Velo, and the SVS kept going to the limit of the sweep (20hz) while the Velo ran out of steam at about 25hz.

I have a Velo F1500R (15" servo - replaced by the FSR15) on the way that I am going to compare against the SVS next weekend. So, more fun on the way.

I expect (?) that I may pick up a little more bass response in the SVS when I take it off the top of the Velo and put it on the floor (it's about 18" high right now).

Doug
 

Jon D

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Steve, I would venture a guess that the bass signal you're describing is centered in the lower 20's region, which is still audible, but also shakes things a lot. The Haunting has several bass tones that sound similar, and I've seen waterfall charts on those, and they show a single peak at about 22 Hz, give or take. Good stuff.
 

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