I'm fairly comfortable shopping for speakers and amps but subs, not so much. I've had a PSW10 for years, and recently got a Velodyne MicroVee as a freebie w/ a Denon 3313CI I picked up. The PSW10 rattles, and the Velodyne just doesn't hit (already sold it). So, here I am, picking a sub. Here's my current 5.1 setup:
C - Klipsch RC-52ii
L/R - Klipsch RF-62ii
SS - Klipsch Synergy B2 (connected via Rocketfish amps. They sound surprisingly acceptable)
Sub - temporarily using the Velodyne as, at least, it doesn't rattle like my Polk
Room is 18x16, seating is 8 feet from the TV, and the sub will end up placed against the front wall but not in a corner (can't be helped).
I don't want to spend over $500. From what I've seen, the SVS PB-1000 seems like a good choice and is $499 with free shipping on Amazon. I love Klipsch speakers and Fry's sells all things Klipsch about 25-30% below MSRP, so I could pick up a Klipsch SW-12 for sub $500 after tax.
I don't plan on spending another dime on this setup unless I decide to upgrade the surrounds and wire them correctly in the next decade - it's intended to last, and I want a sub I'll be happy with.
Samsung 8550 UHD
-$8500ish : (
Go with the PB1000. Sure a DIY will probably give you more "chest thump" but won't get you anymore output below 20hz, you have to assemble it yourself, the warranty is not as good and if you don't like it, tough sh!it, you're stuck with it.
With the SVS you get the best warranty and customer service in the business, if you don't like it you can send it back for free, if you like it and want another or want to upgrade to a another or bigger sub you get full price credit on a trade up or the multi-sub discount for a full year.
At $500, the SVS is the best choice.
Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
Def Tech SC8000
Harman Kardon AVR 1600
PS3, Apple TV, Sharp 70" Qattron
That has pretty much sealed my decision. I just gotta get the cash together. Not cheap thats for sure, but hey, If its a good quality product that I will be happy with, I would rather spend the money on that then buying cheap, and not being happy with the product.
i7-2600k @4.4ghz/gtx 780(stock clocks)/Samsung 830 @256gb/WD Veloc. 1TB/Sound via Sony 7.1ch cheapo/B&W 601se/KEF C-40(dual-8"driver mini-towers)/SVS PB-1000 sub/FiiO E17 Alpen DAC/Audio Technica M50 headphones(never used! heheh)/Crossover 2560x1440 monitor