I have a cerwin vega cmx 12s 12" 300watt subwoofer. It's decent for what it is and how much I paid for it but it doesn't really "do" for me.
I've been looking into getting new sub(s) for a while now but can't really decide on one. I'm really interested in svs either the pb13ultra or sb13ultra. I'm also intersted in others such as hsu vtf15h or even a seaton or rythmik sub. I really like the look of the svs subs the basket and everything looks fantastic and really well built, and all the great reviews. however I'm a little concerned to buy one as I've heard they are not the best for music and since thats my primary use for it I'm a bit skeptical. so leads my inclusion of the ported 13. However I've been told that ported subs dont sound as nice, yes they may be tighter and flatter response but I've been told they just sound "different" is this true?
I'd like some thoughts and recomendations of which sub(s) to get.
My stereo is pretty much going for at least 6 hours a day
My system is mostly used for music however I do watch a couple movies a day (almost reference level).
Thanks I look forward to reading your thoughts and suggestions.
It all depends on your budget and how many subs your room's decor can suck up.
Two subs better than one, three are better than two and four are better than three. It's all about spreading the sound waves around so as to overlap each other and not cancel each frequency sound wave out. Makes for smoother bass room sound.
The common choice is to go with two subs. In the end, for most, it's about the smile factor.
Since you like to listen to movies near reference level, the size of your room is a big factor in how much/which sub to get. What is the total volume (cubic feet) of your room, including any adjoining open areas?
And yes. Dual subs can create a more even frequency response throughout a room. So if you are listening to the music while moving around the room and sitting in locations other than where you watch movies, duals seems your best bet.
As far as the music quality of the subs you are looking at? Sure. You can get Rythmik sealed subs that will sound excellent, but the SVS and HSU ported subs are no slouches. Should be a good upgrade over your Cerwin Vega.
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As to different subwoofers, to a point, depending on what your goals are, yes it makes a difference in how loud and how deep one's subwoofer system can go but one needs a budget to answer your question or they're just throwing out the names of manufactures and the names of the different models they make.
So most of you are saying to go ported?
If I'm going dual svs subs I might as well go ultras.
I don't think you are going to get 2 PB13 Ultras for $3,000. If they are what you want then go for it. I love the look of that sub but I have to admit that you are going to be paying more than you have to in order to get what they offer.