Originally Posted by cel4145
So what is your budget now? $499? Then the PB-1000 or the Reaction Audio BPS 212 would be the way to go
Otherwise, your post reviewed pretty much all of the major contenders in that $200 to $300 range.
Thanks for your reply. If $500 is a noticeable step up above those other SWs then yes, that's my budget now. I'm a pretty practical guy when it comes to audio. I appreciate good sound but am really not interested in marginal gains for significant jumps in expense, regardless if I could afford them. As I mentioned, I was quite happy with the the SW I had which probably was closer to the $500 range in today's dollars when it was new but as mentioned, I purchased it used so IDK.
If it's helpful to the discussion I am not interested in rattling the walls though like good LFEs while watching movies. I appreciate good bass in music and my tastes run through The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Yes, Bob Marley, Weather Report, Pink Floyd, The Alan Parsons Project . . . basically Alternative to Zydeco, so I like hearing a good bass line in music. I'm a little concerned that some reviews of the lower end SWs keep referring to muddy or poorly timed bass response when listening to music. Actually I read some similar statements about my now defunct Paradigm, though I never heard that and these may actually have been in reference to newer models than mine which apparently incorporated some negative changes.
Again, I appreciate your thoughts and will look further into your suggestions. A quick Google shows that I could purchase the two RAs for the price of the one SVS, though I'm not sure I really have the space for a second SW or want to go that route. I will research that further though.
I see you're in GR. I live in Harbor Springs so there's little to listen to locally, though I'm not sure how helpful in-store demonstrations of SWs are since they seem to be so dependent on one's own set up. That's why I'm trying to get as good a sense as I can about these units.