Archae - I know that this is an old thread, but thought you might have some insight. Hopefully I did my homework before I ask: Martin Logan Abyss or Jamo Sub 660 or something else.
So here are the details that seem to be needed from the posted sticky:
1. My budget: $500+ shipping, taxes, etc.
2. Size requirements/limits: Given the fact that my wife just talked me into getting rid of my Hales Revelation 3 towers (and replacing them with my Revelation 1 monitors) because "they're huge and ugly," I definitely can't have something the size of an end table in the front corner of the room. As such I need to stick to something that doesn't exceed 16x16x16 (height being the most important limiter). She's not my first wife, so this time I need to pay attention. Size limits I think cut out HSU.
3. Room dimensions. The listening area is about 2500 cubic feet, but it's open to the kitchen as well.
4. Primary uses. Approximately 50% HT/TV viewing, 50% music. My kids will use it for gaming, but since they aren't paying for it, gaming doesn't factor in at all.
5. Listening habits. Music is usually played in the background (I rarely critically listen like I used to), but I still want something tight (thinking sealed) that fills in where my Revelation 3's used to go (stated frequency response down to 33hz, but Stereophile measured in-room response down to 23hz - these were awesome). As for movies, I definitely want the low-end extension and the rumble, but I don't need incredibly high SPL levels. We have the first two floors of a three-flat in the city and my neighbors won't be happy if it's theater-level volume.
6. Appearance requirements: It needs to look good. Black vinyl will not cut it (so the regular SVS sb-1000 is out)
So I'm currently looking at a used Martin Logan Abyss for $500 shipped (that is supposedly mint) or a new, but discontinued Jamo sub 660 for $400 plus shipping. I can't demo either of these, but they seem to spec out fairly well. I'm not sure that the SVS SB-1000 is any better and I'd have to go the $599 piano black route.
Any suggestions? Thanks!