Originally Posted by synodontis
grasshoppers - thanks for the comments.
Before I go on,
Question: could I ask you what you enjoy and how you evaluate your sub(s) for your use in mostly music - what makes the investment worthwhile, as in your case you say you have 3 subs. What are you getting that your towers don't provide - mine seem awesome even in this humungous room of mine.
I researched this for a while and do believe I need 2 subs, which is what I heard from several people, including the folks at Rythmik and PSA. The issue I have with the Rythmik, for example, is a financial one and location one. Ideally I would have loved to get 2 - of their 15" sealed, but even the cheaper F12, with shipping to a US warehouse where I can drive in under 30 minutes from my home in Canada, the cost is $975 US each, plus exchange at 25% and I'm at $1250 for the F12 plus whatever they charge me at the border for bringing it into Canada. Once here, if there is an issue/defect/service I'm up the creek and issues can and do happen. Hence, why I took the Paradigm route. In my city, there aren't a lot of alternatives. I looked at PSA as well and same cross-border issues. ID sub wise, we have SVS in Canada and at the same ballpark pricepoint the option would be 2 - SB2000.
I think from what I have read that I would probably be better off with 2 subs,
Question: do you think a second Ultracube 12 would achieve much? I know I'm still not going to be putting out pounding LFE with the space, it's an unrealistic challenge, unless funds are unlimited which isn't my case. I had set around $2K to get the sub(s) purchased, which is what the 2 Ultracubes will cost me, just a little over as I got a decent discount with everything I purchased from the dealer.
Personally with the tanking of our dollar here in Canada and the absolutely ridiculous
duties, taxes etc getting things across the border, I'd be on the lookout for a couple good used subs from Canuck Audio Mart. Many of the ID sub companies have transferable warranties, so you're covered in that regard, you'll save money because it's used AND you won't have to worry about the aforementioned problems. I managed to pick up a Reaction PV-15x 1000w sub off the forum a couple months back for about $850. It was only 3 months old and cost the buyer close to 1400 to get it here after fees. http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/class...oofers/?page=1
There's nothing of note up right now as far as SVS, PSA (except for a dealer add for a PSA sub, he's asking too much) or HSU is concerned - but you will find them popping up on a monthly basis. Keep your eyes peeled for a PB13 Ultra or SB13 ultra, you could pick one up then just keep scanning the adds again until another one comes along.
I'd take this route WAY before I bought another sub from Paradigm. I love the sound of Paradigm speakers and have been keeping an eye out myself for some used Studio 20's - but their subs just don't cut it from a price/performance standpoint.
PS - as far as warranties and shipping a used sub back to the states for servicing, you don't have to ship the entire sub back - you'd usually only ship 1. the driver or 2. the amp back. It would cost you max $100 via UPS, and most likely the return shipping would be covered by the ID sub company. FWIW the sub companies listed have a pretty excellent track record of their parts not failing.