I'm currently looking to finish up my home theater audio with a subwoofer. I currently have B&W CM7s, CM5s, and CMC2 powered by a Marantz AVR 7002. I recently auditioned three B&W subwoofers at my dealer (ASW 610, ASW 10CM, and PV1d).
The one I liked the most was the PV1d. I am new to the subwoofer world, and I realized I preferred when listening to subs was a clean, tight, fast response, musical bass, which is what the PV1d provided. I auditioned the subs using music that I know quite well to listen for pitch definition and clarity in the low bass, and I also listened to the same movie clip between all three subs.
My dealer and I agreed that my preference is bass that is not "boomy" or earth-shaking. I don't like the idea of the sub drowning out everything else. Perhaps the other term would be "polite." It's possible that the other two subs just weren't integrated well into the demo electronics I heard, but the PV1d was the only one that wasn't constantly calling my attention to the fact that a subwoofer was on.
While I don't know the exact dimensions of my family room, I would call it "medium." I realize that's little to no help.
My research on this forum indicates that B&W subs may not be the best value. I know that I don't want to pay more than $1500 or so for a sub, but I also don't know if that's the starting price point for the kind of sub that I seem to like. I've heard mention of and reviews of subs by SVS, HSU, and Emotiva as being better value, but I don't know where I could audition these subs to make sure I'm getting the sound I want. I also realize setup is a factor.
I hope the description makes sense, and if anyone could point me in the right direction or product, it'd be much appreciated!
Thanks so much!