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Thanks Magellen, having one of those dithering moments here that has unfortunately dragged on for two weeks regarding making a decision on either PB13U or SB13U or SB13U(x2). I have never had a decent sub, recently bought my speakers, didn't think i would need one as the bass from my front 3 speakers is powerful, 35hz lr, 32hz center.

Originally it was the SB13U but i was concerned I may not get enough output below 20hz so i then starting looking at PSA S1500(x2) but the PSA are more expensive in veneer here in the UK.

I think i am wanting the PB13U but the room is upstairs and it's very heavy, i would rather keep it boxed until its in the room(171lbs ouch). There's no handles on the box to make it easier to carry so now i am back looking at one or two SB13U, just i do not want to have regrets(buyer's remorse, if only i had bought the PB13U syndrome) as my speakers are quite high end here in the UK so any subs need to compliment them to the fullest and not be light weight in the lowest frequencies. I have not experienced sub 30hz frequencies in my set up.

Have read many reviews of the SB13U and it gets great write ups. One review did say though that the limiters were kicking in watching a heavy bass movie scene whilst putting it through its paces 10hz ish but did go onto say most subs struggle with that particular passage.

I would say i listen to action movies 65db-80db main listening position about 3.5 m from the center speaker.

Costs here in the UK are £1629 PB13U, £1399 SB13U and there is a 10% price increase on Sep 1 because exchange rate change since Brexit.

I'm not sure i would ever upgrade to two PB13U's but am willing to buy two SB13U's if it would close the performance gap on one PB13U. If i was sure the 2x SB13u would close the LFE and max db output specs against one PB13U i might go down that route
Hi. I would go dual sb13u over one pb13u...but once you try dual there is no coming back to single sub just a reminder ...the dual sb13u will have similar output at around 30 hz and will be significantly more powerful in the upper bass (50-100hz+) than one pb 13u...i think you wont regret it one bit...as i said they will easily outperform a single pb13u at 30+hz...and also in the lower than 15hz...and i agree with you that here in Europe the prices for PSA subs are ridiculous if they were more in line with the USA then i would have a dual s3000 i
BTW those MA speakers are a dream come true for me ...really nice speakers mate

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I literally just went through the exact same thing. Had a Pl200 that i upgraded to a PB2000 from the SVS outlet. When i initially set it up just like my PL200 was (knob on the back at 12 oclock) i was a bit disappointed. I then bumped it to about 2 oclock and reran odyssey. It set the level to -11db in my denon x1200w. After upping it to about -6db the PB2000 really came alive. Its pretty incredible how much cleaner it sounds, and im also noticing alot more detail in the bass. Things that would thump before, now thump with authority. A really good example is in chapter 2 of Oblivion, when he first starts up the plane thingy. Huge difference between the way the 2 subs handled it. I was really hoping i wouldnt notice/like the difference between the 2 so i could return the PB2000 and save the money, but unfortunately thats not the case. Ive now completely blown my speaker budget, and im not even upset about it.

Exactly, I am still playing with the sub and didnt have too much time last night but I can feel the sub bug digging its nails into me. I hope i can get happy with this sub and not get trapped into the endless upgrade rollercoaster.
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tommaazz i was recently told that SVS margins are huge because they are manufactured in China versus US for PSA, and then on top of that SVS i believe also charge far higher in the US when compared against the prices and arguably better PSA specs..

SVS must be sacrificing those massive margins to establish themselves in the UK/Europe.
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tommaazz i was recently told that SVS margins are huge because they are manufactured in China versus US for PSA, and then on top of that SVS i believe also charge far higher in the US when compared against the prices and arguably better PSA specs..

SVS must be sacrificing those massive margins to establish themselves in the UK/Europe.
Yes but also SVS prices arent cheap...especially if you look at the SB/PB13U but compared to the prices from the higher end models from lets say monitor audio, bowers... they are cheap and are for sure compareable and i think even better especially because you can get 2xSVS 13U for one of those subs...other smaller SVS subs have a more competitive prices...i was lucky enough that i paid around 1600 eur for the SB13U that are now around 1800+ eur
in the Europe the XTZ subs especially XTZ 3x12 is a very very good sub for the money. It is even more powerful from the PB13u and for almost the same price in fact it is almost like 2xpb13U!...it is the best buy in Europe by far if you have a place for it
and about PSA...i am sure you would want a veneer on it but then...omg like +300GBP for veneer...give me a break that is really crazy and also the corners must be rounded because those edgy sub corners are ugly and i am sure you would want a nice looking sub if you have a MA platinum speakers

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The PSA are rounded on the standard black textured finish, the veneers are however square and both designs are ugly in comparison to the SVS, wife let me know about that, i thought they might have been cheaper in UK than the SVS as they are in the US, turns out in veneer they are more expensive in the UK.
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