After spending countless hours reading through the wealth of information on this site, I think I have narrowed down my choices for a new sub(s) but I thought I would seek advice to try steer me towards a final decision.
My circumstances / requirements are:Budget:
Up to $8kRoom size
: 22 x 18 x 10 (sealed room)Primary uses
: 70/30 HT/musicListening habits
: Would like to be able to listen at high levelsAppearance/size
: Aesthetics are important (I think all the options below are acceptable, although some are clearly more attractive than others)Sound preferences
: Emphasis on tight, articulate, accurate (mid-upper) bass rather than room shaking/room rattling infrasonic sub 20hz bass (although that's not to say there is anything wrong with that
). For this reason I'm leaning towards a sealed design, although I have included a ported sub as well in my options below.
Here is my shortlist (with comments):
- Paradigm Sub 15
(expensive for a pair, may be overpriced compared to ID subs, looks superb)
- Paradigm Sub 1
(pair would exceed budget, excellent reviews, looks stunning, a single may be sufficient, but would a pair of Sub 15s be better if I went with Paradigm)
- SVS SB13 Ultra
(relatively inexpensive, looks nice in piano black, small(ish) size, excellent reviews, some have suggested these maybe better for music than HT)
- Rythmik FV15HP
(excellent pricing, good reviews praising high SQ, not as nice looking as Paradigms or Funk Audio, ported but reviews suggest bass is very tight and similar to sealed subs, not the top of the food chain - will I be looking to upgrade sooner than might otherwise be the case?)
- Seaton Submersive HP or F2
(consistently exellent reviews, good bang-for-buck, more output than Paradigms/Rythmik - but do I need it in my size room, maybe I wouldn't need a pair of these?, not as nice looking as Paradigms/Funk Audio)
-Funk Audio 18.0
(expensive for a pair compared to Seaton, best looking together with the Paradigms, no formal reviews but user reviews are positive and they use some of the best drivers etc, beautiful craftsmanship, like the Seaton is this overkill for my room size? maybe a single would be sufficient?, top of the food chain so unlikely to feel the need to upgrade)
I am leaning towards a pair of Funk Audio 18.0s, but perhaps the difference, in my room, between those and a pair of Rythmik FV15HPs or SVS SB13 Ultras would not be noticeable enough to justify the additional cost (double the cost).
I am open to consider other options as well. Note that I discounted the JTR subs on the basis of their looks and after reading the comparisons to the Seaton Submersive HP, I decided that the Seaton sound characteristics may be better suited. I also discounted the JL Audio offerings.
Please assume that I cannot audition any of these subs.
Thanks in advance!