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Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Studio City, CA
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Compact sub with SVS-class output?
I know there are certain laws of physics that you just can't get around. No matter how much you spend,, or how many watts you attach, or how exotic the materials, a 6"x6"x6" sub is never going to move as much air as a pair of 18" monsters with a reasonable amount of matching power.
That said, with a semi-reasonable budget, say, $2k max (preferably more like $1k?), are there subs out there that are actually compact (say, in the neighborhood of 15x15x15"), and yet will still perform on par with something like an SVS PB2000? I'm talking accuracy, how deep it digs, and SPL levels. Bonus points for an attractive finish, but beggars can't be choosers.
I'm helping my father in law spec out a system for a fairly large space. I think a PB-2000, based on past experience, would adequately provide the performance he is looking for, but naturally, we're coming up against WAF issues. He had a better budget than the PB-2000 requires, but nothing larger would actually fit the space (literally won't fit). Again, though, WAF issues are making a large sub a tough sell. So can the issue be solved by throwing money at it, or is there literally nothing out there that can meet or beat the PB2000 in every metric, and yet remain compact?
(And before it is suggested, no, the SB2000 doesn't quite meet the requirement in terms of raw HT performance in this large room, even though music is on the agenda as well)