Apologies for yet another "help me choose between competing alternatives" thread. I was pretty close to ordering a Rythmik LV12R, but with the SVS PB12-NSD now on sale for the same price, I'm torn.
Intended use is for a 50/50 mix of music and movies. I care about musicality (I know that's a controversial term around here, because arguably it really means accuracy, and we all care about accuracy) a lot, and I'm the rare breed who actually listen to classical organ music on occasion.
I have an open floor plan so I have ~4500 cubic feet to pressurize. I recognize that if I want the ability to produce high SPLs and want to pressurize the room for tactile feel during movies, I'd need to go with much more robust options, e.g. at least a single Rythmik FV15HP and maybe a pair of them. But I'd like to keep the budget much more modest. My sense is that a more modest sub will produce satisfying bass for music and, similarly, significantly enhance the movie experience, even if it doesn't really shake the room the way a more powerful option would (feel free to correct my perception if that seems off).
For now, the sub would be used either with a pair of Focal Tantal bookshelf speakers driven by an NAD two-channel amp or with a pair of internally powered Audioengine A5+s, which I've been using for home theater and with which I'm surprisingly happy (ignorance is bliss?). Down the road, at some point I'll likely upgrade to a proper 5.1 home theater setup, likely based on the Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers and a modestly priced home theater receiver. I have the Benq W1070 projector projecting onto a nice screen I managed to pick up used, a setup that involves some trade-offs but with which I'm very happy.
It's not that I couldn't allocate more to the home theater budget, rather that this seems like a reasonable amount to allocate. I also don't really suffer from upgraditis (which arguably makes me a rare breed around here), I've had that Focal/NAD two-channel system (which I picked very carefully based on lots of auditioning) for 15 years and remain very happy with it.
I was leaning toward the LV12R because I like what I've read in formal and informal reviews, especially in terms of accuracy, the servo technology appeals to my techie side, and my sense was that it would be adequate to my needs and expectations even in my rather large space.
But with the PB12-NSD at the same price, I wonder if it'll do a meaningfully better job of filling my space, and lack of servo technology aside, I have the impression the quality of the driver in the SVS is meaningfully better, and of course SVS' very liberal return and upgrade policies and robust warranty aren't irrelevant either. The high-pass filter in the SVS is a nice add-on too, since I could use it to send only 80hz and up to the Focal bookshelves (though I wonder how much I'll like that setup for, say, cello music (with which the Focals excel, maybe not surprisingly since their combined volume is about the same as a cello), and it would get annoying to have to switch around the wires regularly)
So...aside from "Rythmik rocks" or "SVS rocks" or "you can't go wrong either way," any feedback for me? Appreciated!
Benq W1070 projector w/ Chief RSM mount with custom interface bracket
119" Da-Lite Cinema Contour with High-Contrast (gray) Da-Mat screen
Denon X2000 receiver fed by Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Bluray player
Focal Chorus 700-series towers and center, JMLab Tantal 500-series bookshelf rears
Rythmik FV15HP sub