Originally Posted by popalock
You would be ridiculously happy with either choice. I could name a few reasons one would pic the SubM over the S2.
1. Inert (vibration free) design
2. Cheaper (save what, $400 or so each IIRC)
3. Seaton DSP magic
No matter what shootout you read up on, if a SubM was in the mix, it ALWAYS tested well in both music and movies.
You might be giving up some output, but you are still getting one of the best performers available. And if you aren't playing full out all of the time, I doubt you would really be able to tell a difference between the two.
I gotta be honest though man, I'm kinda bummed that Dual OS aren't on your radar anymore. You would have been in some elite company right there. I think I know of maybe 5 people in the world that have Dual OS in their HT. Would have blown your socks off!
Either choice is great. Both are fantastic designs that are very capable. The dual Orbit Shifter option is really great, too.
Point #1 is important, and is the reason I built dual opposed subs. #2 is also important, but I think you definitely lose output - two smaller drivers, with less throw, and less amplifier on the SubM. I would think in terms of sheer CEA-passing output, the S2 is likely close to double. As for #3, both designs come with DSP in the amp to get the flattest response, but the SubM has selectable curves. I think everyone I've ever heard or read about uses the lower extension DSP setting.
One other big thing, for me, is the 7hz HPF built into the SubM. The S2 has no such high pass, so you'll still get big output on the absolutely lowest content - things like the TIH cop car smash, the laser warp to the grid in T:L, the lightning strikes in WOTW, etc.
Originally Posted by jlpowell84
Oh no! They are number one on my list! I'm just taking care of all the questions in my head. I mentioned briefly before that the fiancé and I (yea she is all in on the sub purchase) will be renting a house for a bit until we buy prob about 3 years from now. We are still deciding on a permanent place of residence, not sure if Eugene, OR is it. Number one right now is Redding, CA. Wouldn't that be funny moving more OS's to northern Cali! So I just feel better having 2nd place covered. But I will get to demo all of them. Actually I don't have a dual cap s2 demo yet but it may not be necessary. So yea the Orbit Shifters (dual) are still number one based solely off of reviews, very good descriptive reviews!
Man, Eugene is a super nice place to live. Redding is also nice, but I haven't spent nearly as much time there. Good luck!
In terms of any rental, just make sure you're not too close to your neighbors with two of these subs. Otherwise, they'll feel like they're in the theater with you on movie nights!