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Which sub is better, JBL S120PII or SVS 25-31 PCi

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Pablo Abularach, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. Pablo Abularach

    Pablo Abularach Supporting Actor

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    Hi,
    I just bought my SVS 25-31 PCi, and I have them with Marantz 6200 and four S26 as mains.
    But a friend of mine has been loyal to JBL so he he put and Onkyo 797 with four S36, and he just bought and JBL S120PII, I tried to convince him to go with SVS, but I couldnt.
    We both already bought our subs, but I wanted to get more opinions, which of the two is the better option (price and performance)
    SVS 25-31 PCi
    320 watt RMS BASH amplifier
    25 Hz tuning point
    +/- 3 dB 25 Hz-100 Hz
    31" tall, 16" in diameter
    Custom US-built SVS long-throw 12" driver
    SVS designed, full-featured 320 watt Bash (R) digital switching amp
    Flush-mount amp configuration
    Computer Assisted Design (CAD) cylindrical enclosure
    Exclusive SVS down-firing woofer with integrated base-plate
    Compliant disk floor mounts, low center of gravity
    Precision tuned high-flow ports
    Resonance free, protective top port grill
    New 16" ultra high-strength custom drawn, polymer wrapped, enclosure tubing
    CNC'd and cold laminated, 1.0" black composite end-caps
    Extra heavy duty 8ft power cord
    Automotive-grade black fabric exterior
    JBL S120PII
    400-watt RMS amplifier
    12" front-firing driver
    frequency response 22-150 Hz
    continuously variable 50-150 Hz crossover
    phase switch
    stereo preamp-level input with LFE/Normal switch
    BassQ™ input and output (for use with optional JBL BassQ equalization module; not included)
    speaker-level input and output
    black ash vinyl finish
    16-3/16"W x 17-3/16"H x 19"D (with feet and grille)
    Thanks for your opinions,
    Pablo Abularach
     
  2. Dustin B

    Dustin B Producer

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    The SVS. The JBL is too small. Which means if it's ported it will be tuned too high. If it's sealed it will lack the last octave performance of the SVS.
     
  3. Gary PT

    Gary PT Agent

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    The SVS. It goes lower and gets there cleaner. I'm familiar with both. No comparison.
    -Gary
     
  4. Dan Joy

    Dan Joy Supporting Actor

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    put them together in the same room, calibrate, and find out!
    I can take a biased personal guess[​IMG]
     
  5. BryanZ

    BryanZ Screenwriter

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    I agree with Dan here. Do the shootout for us. Make sure you calibrate both subs first. I'd guess though, the SVS will be cleaner and go louder and deeper (use the Stryke bass cd here to get actual numbers at low frequencies) than what the JBL will do. JBL makes some good budget subs, but they aren't equal to a SVS. [​IMG]
     
  6. Shad R

    Shad R Supporting Actor

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    I've got a 6 year old JBL (can't remember the model) that goes down to 22 hz as well, 12 inch sub, 125 watts RMS...sounds pretty dang good for what I paid...granted I got money knocked off since it was a floor model...but it sounds awesome...I like it better than the new line of JBL subs. They just don't sound "bold" enough, and don't go as low( from what I've heard) Still, I wish I had money for an SVS. I've hear nothing but praise from them. It would be interesting to see a comparison (though I think SVS might take the prize) Still, JBL is quality stuff.
     
  7. Pablo Abularach

    Pablo Abularach Supporting Actor

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    Thanks for the replies,

    I will try them both, in the same room, calibrated, and see which will sound better.

    Thanks,
    Pablo Abularach
     
  8. Chip E

    Chip E Screenwriter

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    My last sub was a JBL 10" mudbox. My SVS 20-39PC blows it outta the water...no comparison. [​IMG] It gets lower and it does it cleaner. One of the best purchases i've made.
     
  9. TommyL

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    SVS all the way...For price/product, and one hell of a customer service team, ya can't beat them...tom
     
  10. EarleD

    EarleD Supporting Actor

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    I just got a single 25-31 PCi and it almost beats my pair of original 20-39s in output. The 39's go deeper, and have alittle more headroom, but not that much more. I dont know if its the new driver, but the thing rocks. Now I just want to replace the old drivers in my 39's. Damn upgrades.

    I can only imagine what a 16-46PCi sounds likes...
     
  11. Chris James

    Chris James Stunt Coordinator

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    Hehe, Earle! I got my 16-46PCi about 2 weeks ago. It is a killer! I finally have that effortless feeling on the low notes. Be it Jurrasic Park, Fight Club, etc, the lows are absolutely incredible.

    Pablo, I agree with everyone about the SVS. You *might* want to look at the 20-39PCi. A little taller, but goes a tad deeper. (Actually, I wanted to worry him with another option, hehe!)
     
  12. John F. Palacio

    John F. Palacio Supporting Actor

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    "We both already bought our subs, but I wanted to get more opinions" [​IMG]
    If you treasure his friendship, I would just let it slide. :wink:
     

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