Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
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I have a Paradigm Servo 15a and a Submersive. Both subs are sealed units. I am using both in my theater room. I had purchased the Paradigm when in a different house. There was substantial bass reinforcement in the listening area with this sub. I couldn't leave well enough alone and also added some SVS 20-39 PCI tube subs. The SVS seemed to be a bit more distinct in the bass, while the Paradigm went lower. The added subs seemed to balance out the room,but impact at times seemed less. I moved to another house, which is very open and larger. I initially used the SVS subs alone in the theater room and added an SMS-1. The response curve was pretty flat, but I could detect the subs and quality wasn't quite right for my area. I did not and still do not have traps. I removed the SVS subs and purchased the Submersive. I used the SMS-1, and overall response was much better. I have ended up adding the Paradigm back in at the front of the room with the center on top of it with the Submersive in rear, 1/3 of the long wall behind. I am not now using the SMS-1. Bass at the listening position is tight and powerful, though in non-listening positions there are hot rumble spots. I intend to experiment adding traps as well.
I like the Paradigm and am keeping it. I have had buzzing issues with it in the past, but currently not a problem. The Submersive is considerably more powerful and seemingly more articulate. However, so much of this has to do with the room and placement. I think I have been very fortunate that these two subs seem to be complimenting each other in my room. With Paradigm being Canadian made, you have some advantages in distribution and, hopefully, pricing. The Submersive is an excellent product. I appreciate it is not an inexpensive purchase, but it is a great value and a great performer.
Best of luck,