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I'm completely satisfied with my PC12-NSD. I've owned another downward-firing sub and several forward-firing subs; I perceive no penalty paid by the NSD for its downward firing design. I also don't think it would be a popular design if it hurt anything. Almost all the major ID brands have at least one DF model, and loads of retail brands do, too.
If the PB12 is too big for your room and you're looking at the PC12 as a substitute, a word of caution: while the PC12 certainly takes up less floor space, it's also dramatically taller than the PB12. I mean, it's three feet from the base to the port grille on top. Just something to keep in mind--it's still very visible in a room, and depending on the room, it may be even more visible than the PB12.
Once again, I am sorry to take a sledgehammer to so small and fragile a nut. -- Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show On Earth