Sound Quality per Cubic Foot... of Subwoofer
At the risk of yet another, 'X vs Y - what should I get' thread, I find myself in exactly that position, so I thought I'd throw this request for help out to everyone, but with slightly different parameters than I usually see.
I am searching for a new subwoofer to replace an old sub that is well past it's time. I fully expect that any of the subs on this list will be a substantial improvement. My room is aproximately 2800 cu/ft (80 cu/meters) and usage will be 80% home theater, 15% music, 5 % endlessly playing around with REW, etc. I will be using the LFE inputs on the sub and driving it with a receiver utilizing Audyssey XT32 (Denon 6200).
My priorities in this search are:
Accuracy over output. I have young kids in the house and seldom listen at anywhere near reference levels, so sound quality is a higher priority for me than output. At the same time, I'd also love to play with some of the lower extension available on the current generation of subs. I'm open to a sealed or a ported sub, servo or not.
Smaller Physical Size of the subwoofer itself. In my justification of this upgrade to the spouse unit, I mentioned somewhere along the line that we could get much better sound quality in a much smaller size than what we previously had (what was I thinking?). So this adds a bit of a 'best sound quality per physical size of the sub' factor to the discussion. I see some great specs and reviews out there for some of the 12" subs that come in a fairly small size, so that is probably the size range I am targeting. The addition of a second sub in the future is a possibility, but not part of the immediate plan.
For the sake of this discussion, let's keep the cost in the $1000 and under range. It looks like pretty good quality can be had in the $500 to $1000 range, with around $800 being my target (which we all know won't mean anything by the end of this discussion).
So my priority list looks something like this:
3. Size (smaller is better)
Some models I've been looking at that I'll throw out there for consideration are below, but I'm open to additions to this list.
SVS 2000 series (SB, PB, and PC)
Does anyone have any favorites in the better sound in a smaller size category?