New subwoofer help - PSA vs. SVS
Okay, let's just jump in. My room is approx. 21' x 19' x 8' = 3,192 cu ft.
Not a dedicated HT room; also doubles as family room. In the basement (although basement is a walkout, so the room is really above ground); insulated subfloor over concrete, carpet on top. No other room treatments. Stairwell entry/exit at the back left (to my seating position); entry to adjoining room thru french doors at the front left (doors usually closed).
Running a 7.1 off a Yamaha receiver with front presence/height speakers.
Current sub is a Velodyne DLS-5000R (15") placed in the rear right corner of the room.
Because I am in Canada, most ID subs are difficult to source due to no shipping to Canada from the US (Epik for example), very high shipping costs + duties + taxes. Enter SVS subs as we have a Canadian distributor.
Originally thinking about a dual PB-2000 setup.
Then started reading about PSA's XV15SE - contacted them about cost on a dual setup of these. After further discussion, Tom V. actually suggested to me the option of dual XS15SE, noting that it would be cheaper and he felt I would actually get better extension in my room. Cool.
(Sidenote, I had come to the "understanding" that ported was better for HT over sealed, but Tom V. dispelled this notion to me - at least to his personal opinion, which should carry alot of weight, I think).
So, for comparison sake, also now considering dual SVS SB-2000 and even dual SVS PC12-NSD; both of these would run me approximately the same total price as the dual PSA XS15SE package, within about $100. Dual SVS PB-2000 would be the most expensive (a couple hundred more).
So, now I am utterly confused. SVS would obviously be the most convenient, especially if it ever needed warranty work. But, I have a feeling that the PSA's would be the best overall performance. But, perhaps the PSA setup would be over doing it (is that possible??), which then makes me wonder which of the SVS configurations would be the most satisfying?
Boston Acoustics Classic series L/C/R + front presence; Fluance XLBP Bipole surrounds; PSA XS15se
Yamaha RX-A3040; Emotiva XPA-3