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post #271 of 275 Old 08-02-2014, 02:01 PM
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Thinking about getting the SB13 Ultra to replace my SB12 NSD in my small bedroom, 13x14. Not sure if it will over power the room or not.
Nope, for movies well worth it.

I've got SVS SB12+ and SB Ultra 13. 12" in the hifi, 13" in the home theatre. I tried the 12" for movies, pretty mediocre if you ask me. Put it back in the Hifi and ordered the Ultra (had a PC Ultra before the SB Ultra so knew what Ultra was like) And that's in a room probably twice as small as yours.

Go for the Ultra if movies is important to you.

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The SB12NSD slams pretty good in my bedroom, I would love to see what a SB13 Ultra would do. It would be 100% for movies, plus i like the sound of a sealed sub better than a ported.

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If you think the SB12 slams hard...lol. The difference is massive. Easily worth the £700 or so extra. The SB12 is providing bass but not so much you fear of it like the Ultra 13. yeah that's why I changed from PCU13 to SBU13, I tried SB12 in place of the PC U13 for music, and prefer SB. So decided to side step from one Ultra to another.

No regrets going for Ultra. Could have gone for dual SB12 (SB2000) but with the single SB12 wasn't impressed so I doubt duals would give the same effect.

Analogy would be like you going from Pioneer Elite plasma to a 28" LCD. Does the same thing...just quite disappointing.

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If you think the SB12 slams hard...lol. The difference is massive. Easily worth the £700 or so extra. The SB12 is providing bass but not so much you fear of it like the Ultra 13. yeah that's why I changed from PCU13 to SBU13, I tried SB12 in place of the PC U13 for music, and prefer SB. So decided to side step from one Ultra to another.

No regrets going for Ultra. Could have gone for dual SB12 (SB2000) but with the single SB12 wasn't impressed so I doubt duals would give the same effect.

Analogy would be like you going from Pioneer Elite plasma to a 28" LCD. Does the same thing...just quite disappointing.
I got my SB12 up for sale.

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Your room is very similar to mine. I also have cathedral ceilings and it's fairly open (approx 3,500 cu. ft.). Whether the SB13-Ultra will satisfy you depends upon how loud you listen to music and movies. If your preference is at or near reference levels, then you'll need a sub with more output (or think about going for multiples). If, however, your listening habits are like mine (and many here), where peak levels in movies and for music rarely exceed 90 dB, a single SB13-Ultra will perform very well indeed.

It's hard to see from my avatar picture, but my Ultra isn't in a corner either. Matter of fact, it's about a foot from the wall. Why? Once I did the sub-crawl and then did some minor tweaking (moving it a bit in all directions), that ended up being the best position for sound at my seating position. It is important to have more than one position in mind when locating a subwoofer simply because it is the sub itself (and not you) that tells you the best location. If that can't possibly be done, that's when multiple subs come into the picture to help smooth out those terrible room modes.
Yeah I listen pretty loud (100dB peak!) so I'm leaning towards a PB12+. It's probably the best model for what I want; size, output, price, tuning options, cosmetics, etc. And it's the most expensive model I could ever think about going dual!
However, I am currently thinking about upgrading my receiver before adding a sub.

Indecision may or may not be my problem.
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