Originally Posted by Chuckinbeast
Currently have the Klipsch, considering a PB1000 --- is the PB1000 a significant jump in quality/performance? Trying to evaluate how far I need to move upmarket to hear a real difference.
I have two older versions of the RW-12d (SW-12 II) and a RW-12d hooked up in the same room.
If you'll allow me, it's not about how much one needs to move upmarket before hearing a real difference but how upmarket does one need to effect, in order to be happy with the upmarketed upgrade.
The PB-1000 is a "step" up and the LV12R is a bigger step up but if coming from a Klipsch, RW-12d, I would recommend stepping up to a PSA, XV15.
In the case of a PB-1000 or LV12R, you're going from a 12" driver to a 10" or 12" driver; a lateral move more than an upmarket move. By going with a PSA, XV15, the buyer will be upgrading from the 12" driver of the RW-12d to the 15" driver of the PSA, XV15 with, driver-to-driver comparison, approximately, twice the output And again in comparison, going from a RW-12d, you'll be upgrading from a budget minded driver to, in the case of the XV15, a high excursion, high-end driver with more amplification which will equal a lot more headroom.
If budget is your limitation, I'd look to a Rythmki, LV12R and if budget is not so much a consideration, and you have more to give to the cause, to give the best response I'm capable, I'd recommend considering the likes of a PSA, XV15. Doing what I recommend will give you a noticeable difference, expectedly bring you subwoofer satisfaction and long term protection against near term cases of upgradeitist.
I would also recommend keeping the future purchase of a second or third subwoofer on the table.