Originally Posted by Auditor55
I think the matter has been settled. It isn't about me anyway, the X-Ref 10 or 12 was a recommendation by me to the OP, who by the way, is in the market for a small musical sub. In my opinion, based what the OP discribed, the X-Ref 10 or 12 fits what he's looking for, its an excellent small musical subwoofer, with clean, tight, punchy bass.
Well, it's not settled in that the only recommendation in this thread for the X-Ref 12 is coming from you. In fact, if the OP will search AVS, he'll find tons of threads where the large majority of recommendations for the X-Ref sub series are coming from you, often in a haranguing style that would discourage any reasonable person from granting you credibility, not to mention your fringe position diatribes on <30hz content. Just because you insist on being the loudest and most zealous person in the room, doesn't make the X-Ref a great choice. If it's as good as you think it is, you wouln't need to argue as much or in the manner that you do.
To the OP: If it were me, I would go with the SVS SB12-NSD, the Rumba that Jim recently evaluated
(nice review!), or even the NHT B-12d
(not proven, but historically NHT has a pretty good reputation).
However, I would lean heavily toward the SVS because it's well proven. Tons of people here on AVS with experience with it. And one major point in favor of SVS Sound as a company is a long track record of fantastic customer support and service. There is also a very active community of SVS sub owners
on this forum who will help out with configuration questions and how to place the sub in your room, and Ed Mullen, owner of SVS Sound, often joins in to help. Definitely a big perk.
Incidentally, there is no X-Ref community here on AVS, unless you count a community of one who chases away all other X-Ref owners. So there's no support here for how best to integrate that particular sub with your system.