Originally Posted by flyng_fool
Not to throw another monkey wrench in the works but the Danley DTS-10 kit is back on sale and is absolutely hands down unbeatable for the price.
Thanks for the thought as there's no argument on my part. I'm the kind of personality that fixes things only because doing so is the right thing to do and in doing so, constantly impresses the wife which helps add those every so elusive "atta-boy" points to the atta-boy kitty. As every married man knows, one oops, wipes out a thousand atta-boy points. Maintaining uniform aesthetics in her living room, for me, helps keep the peace. And as most wives characterized here, she's the type of personality who shows bloodshot eyes and raised veins on her neck and she's only a hundred and sixteen pounds.
Kinda scary when you think about it.
"Yes, dear, I'll be right there!"
Second, it's gotta look good in the living room as we don't have a dedicated home theater room. As an example, despite the great looking spectrographs of the SVS subs, they have a low aesthetical approval factor. Even in rosewood, the 12" Hsu subs are on the edge of aesthetical approval and the 15" Hsu subs are a bit too big due to locked in, corner furniture placement; bedroom opposite the speaker wall; wide kitchen opening, plus pass-thru window on the opposing wall. Great for getting rid of standing waves but terrible for ideal speaker/subwoofer placement. If the Danley DTS-10 weren't so big, boxy and bloated in size (which, of course, is what gives them their zing), a pair of those would be one of the tops choices.
As to choices, to no avail I've tried to find ways to up our budget so as to improve quality and available choices. To open up the wonderful world of possibilities, I've given consideration to quality, used subs, purchased one at a time as opposed to buying down, new, two at a time. In doing so I'll be guilty of having an asymmetrical subwoofer setup and I have no idea if mixing un-matched subs will kill the bass sound field. ???
With the above financials and aesthetics in mind, I'm letting spectrographs and waterfall charts be my guide. Surprisingly, from our perspective, everything seems to constantly boil down to either a new pair of SVS PB12-NSD or used, purchased one at a time, a pair of Martin Logan, Depth i's. And according to Data-Bass
provided information, I find the SVS PB12-NSD, hands down, has the best spectrograph in the smaller ID subwoofers and if the spectrograph of the Paradigm, Sub2 is an indication, at a much greater expense, the Depth i (can't find a spectrograph on the Depth i) will better/best the PB12-NSD; in size/performance characteristics vs price.
Out of curiosity, did we lose the OP?