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I buying a new SB12, but I`m not sure which finish to go for:

I can`t get Vinyl Black as it is sold out until March. My choices are Oak, Rosenut or Piano Black. The oak finishes is a bit brighter than my mains, the Rosenut looks smashing, but does not match anything. The Piano Black is expensive, gathers dust, and I`m not fond of all the reflections it will throw.

Which would you choose?
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Get rosenut, and then convince your wife that you need new EVERYTHING now that the finish doesn't match anything else.
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Sounds like oak is the closest match.

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I PMed you but for the record, I got both my black ones off bstock and can find no flaw. There is a Rosewood on on LSound bstock right now:
http://www.lsound.no/eng/index.php?s...shop&group=304
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Thank you for your advice!

I`ve bought the Rosenut ggunnell linked to, good price and I`ve been told it is a good as new. Getting it tomorrow.

I do not have a W yet, but I like things to look ok and match, but even though the rosenut is a bit reddish, I think it will fit in nicely, and the price is also a concern of mine being a 23 year old student...
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That's great!

I hope you will take the time to post back your impressions. All the SB12-Plus comments I've read so far were from people with floorstanding speakers -- I think your comments would be the first from someone pairing the SB12-Plus with stand mounted monitors.
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Will do!
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The SVS is in house! The Rosenut is a bit more reddish than I thought it to be, but I´ll manage, it looks excellent. Also being a B-Stock, it looks to be in mint condition...

And to the part your all waiting anxiously for - the sound:

- I started of with some countrytracks featuring Josh Turner to start off with. I sat the crossover to ca 60 hz, and bypass on room correction. In my ears it blends very well with my mains at those settings, but they will probably be changed later on. The music really got a lot more fun to listen to, the SB12+ really digs deep and my setup grew to twice it`s size in sound. Amazingly clean and defined bass lines.

- Next I put the "standard" Pearl Harbor DVD in my player and skipped to the Japanese attack right away. Well, going to the cinema woun`t be the same anymore. It really gives HT-feeling, and in my small room it almost scared me. And the gain is set on 10 o`clock and the driver has no visible excursion. Insane.

- Well, Pearl Harbor is boring, so next up was a live DVD, one of my favourites. Sarah McLachlan - Afterglow Live. On "Perfect Girl" (which features good bass) it blended well with my Focals, and I had to turn the gain down to around 9 o`clock and that was enough to give me the bass I wanted. I live in an appartment so I have neighbours on every side.

So, to sum it up: My first listening sessions with the SB12 is impressive. It is the best sub I´ve owned, (and I´ve had a few cheaper ones) and it fills my 18 sq.METER room easily, even with the gain turned far down. I think many people will be satisfied with this sub, whether it be music og HT. My 2 cents.
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Good news! Music is the real test

As a point of reference for those reading, your system is a very musical one:
a Jungson Moon Harbour CD player, an Atoll IN100 amp, and Focal 1007 monitors.
The Focals are very good monitors -- around $4kUS I believe.

You are running the sub off the preamp outputs of the Atoll -- so you are using the crossover on the sub.

Although SVS drivers don't have long breakins, many notice an improvement after the first 10 hours or so, enough to slightly change EQ settings.

Thank you for sharing your impressions with us! I hope you can share again after you've had more time with the SB12-Plus.
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