Thanks for all the great and detailed discussions-- longtime lurker.
I'm in the market for a subwoofer after a Paradigm PS-1000 that I had on long-term loan (like, 5 years) went back to its original owner. I've been looking at replacing it with the same (from eBay) but the wife has given me permission to go a little more spendy.
I don't think SVS
were so well-known back when I was putting this system together in 2004-05, but now I've seen many threads both here and other forums where people consistently recommend SVS subwoofers, or sometimes HSU, to people who are thinking Paradigm.
Here's my setup--
-------Speakers: Paradigm Monitor 7 fronts, CC-370 center channel, Mini Monitor rears.
Pre-Amp: Anthem AVM 2 (yes, that's not a typo, it's a 5.1 rig and it's super old)
Amps: Anthem MCA 2 (2 x 200 watts) and a B&K three-channel amp (3 x 105 watts) for the rears.
Room size: 25 x 17, carpeted, with a sloped ceiling from 8'-13' and an open corner to another part of the house.
Listener profile: Probably 70-30, movies and music. I'd consider turning off the sub when music is in the background (like weekend mornings).
So I tried SVS's "Merlin" speaker-chooser and found that it recommended their least-expensive models:
PB12-NSD / $ 769; PC12-NSD / $ 749; SB12-NSD / $ 649
I have to give them kudos for not automatically recommending their most expensive gear-- I was mentally preparing for something like the midgrade PC12-PLUS or PB12-PLUS. So this raises a couple of questions:
(1) Is the SVS PC-12PLUS or PB-12PLUS really the best choice out of their lineup, given that I have separate amps which their Merlin site didn't consider?
(2) Is there a strong case to stay with the same brand of Subwoofer as my speakers (Paradigm) for its own sake
and to have a matched-brand set?
(3) Between SVS, HSU, Velodyne and of course Paradigm
, are each of those brands so strong that it really comes down to personal preference (dare I say it-- styling, ergonomics, shipping, and other factors)? Or is the recommendation for SVS really strong over the other brands mentioned?