Originally Posted by Smitho22
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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