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post #1 of 12 Old 03-08-2014, 11:50 AM - Thread Starter
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Between the SVS SB-2000 and Monitor Audio Silver W12, which would you pick if the price didn't matter? AKA about the same price. I was set on the SB-2000 until I saw the Silver W12 had comparable specs.

They both have a very similar size, same (D class) 500w RMS output ( the SB-2000 has 1100w peak and there is no peak value listed for the Silver W12) and same sized 12 inch cone (not sure which has the better excursion). Both are newly designed subs having been released in the last few months.

The only appreciable differences I can spot are:
1) The SB-2000 has a black oak vinyl finish and the Silver W12 has a better looking piano white gloss finish that would match the 5 x Monitor Audio Radius 225 speakers I will be using
2) The SB-2000 has a frequency response of 19-220 Hz ± 3 dB and the Silver W12 has a frequency response of Low Frequency Response: 20Hz (Typical IEC room), Upper Frequency Limit: 40 - 120Hz Variable
3) The SB-2000 has a more adjustable ( I also believe better) amp

Not considering multiple subs at this time, I have an exceptionally poorly shaped room conducive to poor audio performance.

Which would you pick in my position? Will there be any appreciable sound difference between them?

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SVS. You buy it manufacturer direct without dealer markup. That means you get more sub for the money. Better value. And, of course, SVS subs are famous for their high level of performance.
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You can always refinish the cabinet. Or have it refinished.
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I love Monitor Audio speakers, but when it comes to subs, I would go with SVS, HSU, or Rythmik in this price range.
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I love Monitor Audio speakers, but when it comes to subs, I would go with SVS, HSU, or Rythmik in this price range.

Ditto

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SVS for all reasons stated above.

You would like to avoid dual subs, but an alternative could be dual SB1000s in gloss white, the sb1k is slightly smaller and has your preferred finish as an option. If your limited to placement you can always stack.

If your set on one subwoofer and it is the SB2000 there is one in the svs outlet.
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I can only tell you that I've had an SB-2000 for 10 days and I'm very pleased. It has plenty of punch for my 1,536 cu. ft. area. The secret to getting peak performance from the sub in my acoustically-challenged space was placing it on a pedestal, about 18" off the floor in a corner.

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Any reason you don't want dual?

Considered DIY?
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Thanks for the info, I'll go with the SVS SB-2000 option!
I live in Canada so I always end up paying a bit more than people living in the US, for the typical reasons. I'll be buying from sonic boom audio in Canada.
Just visited the SVS site and saw the SB-1000 does come in gloss white, it would be nice but I do prefer the SB-2000 considering the minimal difference in size and price.
I like how the SB-2000 has a metal grill vs the typical weak fabric.
I considered dual subs briefly but I plan to block off 750 cubic feet with a sliding wall, to decrease the volume to 1800 cubic feet plus an open doorway to the rest of the house. I'll see how one SB-2000 preforms and consider a second if I hear a problem. The room is a poorly shaped family room with many reflection points. if I had a dedicated theatre room, I would have dual subs.
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You can always refinish the cabinet. Or have it refinished.

I like the way you think, I'll definitely look into this option. The best of both worlds!
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In Canada, you will be happy with a PSB S300 sub if you can get some discount from local dealers.
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The MA SW12 is rated to 20 Hz in a IEC room? I hate it when manufacturers don’t specify a +/- anechoic figure. This could mean -10dB window with room gain included.

The SVS does a honest to goodness 19Hz in a 6dB window, which probably translates to lots of useable output down to 25Hz in a real world small-medium sized room.

Go with the SVS. I have the older SB12 and it’s a beast of a sub for the money and size. The SB2000 brings it up another notch. Musical, tight, and still packs a punch when you need it. Not to mention world class customer support and warranty. Win win.

None of Monitor Audios previous subs were anything special…I’m sure they can be competent…but there’s no reason to indicate that the SVS isn’t a better buy for the same money…they’ve always set the standard for overall build quality, performance, and customer satisfaction.

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