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for what it is worth, I agree with your approach and going with the SVS sub. I too have (until recently) an all Paradigm setup, including Anthem gear, and last week received my 2 new SVS SB-13 Ultras to replace/complement my Paradigm Seismic 12 (the reference version of the Ultracube 12). I think Paradigm makes fnatastic speakers at great value price points for those of us in Canada, but their subs are not really competitve with ID. Until I had done the upgrade, I was reasonably pleased with the Paradigm sub, but the SVS's just blow it out of the water. In fairness, the SVS Ultras are a better sub and 6 years newer than the Paradigm, but they were less expensive than the Paradigm by a significant margin.
I dealt with SBA and Mason and everything worked out great. SBA did honor the dual purchase discount that you see on the SVS US site, but not on the SBA site.
I think your choice for single PB12 will work out great. And the dual option for down the road is a great one. Dual really helps smooth out the bass across the seating area which always bugged me with the single sub, and the headroom is very significantly improved of course as well.
My comments on the Seismic 12 sub (very similar in spec to Ultracube 12):
- very strong deep bass, not as tight as the new SVS (things like gunshots sounded more like a thump instead of a snap - loud and with impact, just less tight)
- I had a lot of trouble using the Seismic 12 in near field as the passive radiators are quite localizable, and my main speakers are wall mounted and don't go very low - even though it sounded great in my room when located on side wall near the couch, it always bothered me that the bass sound came from tehe side, and n ot the front
- i prefer the front fireing of the new SVS, and strangely the much higher frequency capability, to seemlessly match with my mains - a surprising bonus that I was not planning on
- the in-sub 2 PEQ is nice on the Ultras, however I have had a lot of success with Behringher feedback pro process and ARC on the Anthem - i like it cause I'm a tweaker and it's nice to be able to do a quick smoothing of major peaks on subs individually when in dual more