Starting theater 2.0, which SVS sub(s)?
We are moving, the current theater was a casulty in negotiations, but not unexpected. While I don't look forward to leaving all that hard work to someone else, it does mean I get to rebuild and do things a little differently the second go around. It also means I get new gear!
I'm waiting until September for all the new AVRs and projectors. I know I'm sticking with an Axiom M60 based 7.1(2) setup (maybe M80's) but I'm thinking about an SVS sub instead of the EP500 I used to have. Not that I wasn't happy with the EP500 (it would wake the kids up two floors away), but from trolling around on various forums, it seems I can get more bang for the buck. Plus why not try a different flavor?
I think I've settled in on SVS (or maybe HSU) for the next sub. The room is a rectangular 12x18x8 room, one door on the side, but otherwise totally enclosed. I get to make this a true theater room, we had more of a family/media room before. No WAF, I've got the green light for whatever I want to do (within budget, gotta feed the kids).
For about the same money as a new EP500 (which is now sealed, and I can't find ANY information about it. Axiom still has all the old EP500 info up) I could get an SB13-Ultra or two PB2000s. I emailed SVS and they said two PB1000s or one PB2000 for the room. He seemed to think the SB ultra was too much sub for the room (WTF? Too much sub?) and that I would never really tap into it's capabilities.
On the flip side, I had a really bad null/standing wave/whatever at the main seating position of my old room, big drop right at 60hz which hurt music listening. Still got great low end, shake the earth LFE for movies, but music always lacked that punch that you'd expect from a $1300 sub. With that experience, I lean towards two subs. The room was square with open areas in the back. This room should be more acoustic friendly, plus I can add traps and treatments.
So how would you spend my ~$1500? Two PB2000's or one SB Ultra? Mostly movies, not much music, but I want good punch when I do listen to music. I know two is probably better than one, the ultra just seems to get such good press.