Originally Posted by tlguapo
I've been kicking around the idea of a new sub - SVS SB-2000 perhaps. I've fiddled with that MS 10.1 for a long time - it's a fairly solid sub, but I'm looking for something with a quicker response, more accurate decay and a stronger, more explosive attack.
I'm also looking at Signature classic/r series. I've seen some deals over the years here and there. I'm kind of a bang for the buck kind of guy - will the price difference of the Signature series justify the difference in sound quality over the MC speakers?
The SVS SB2000 has a single 12" woofer (113 sq. in. area) and cabinet of about 3,500 cubic in, 35 LBS.
The MS-10.1 has dual 10" woofers (157 sq. in. area) and cabinet of about 5,000 cubic in, 45 LBS.
And I highly doubt the SB2000 has higher quality (accurate, quicker response) driver than the RBH.
So based on these info, I don't see how the SB2000 would have any advantages over the RBH, except the SB2000 should go lower in frequency to 20Hz. But in terms of average output from the most important region of 30Hz-80Hz, the RBH should have more output and maybe more accuracy.
With that said, I believe SVS does offer a good return policy so you could always try and see for yourself.
Regarding upgrading to higher end models - the Signature or the Signature Reference - of course there will be improvement in material, accuracy, dynamics, output, etc. And whether you ask RBH, Revel, B&W, KEF, or any other company, they will ALL say the SAME EXACT thing - of course you will hear improvement.
But are these improvements OBJECTIVELY significant or just very SUBJECTIVELY significant as in most non-blinded biased cases?
When you inject the increased cost or improved cosmetics or better specification (subs going down to 19Hz vs 27Hz, etc.), people will automatically believe there will be significant improvement. But reality is another matter. And only you should be the judge.
In terms of deals, you should be able to find deals on RBH @ 25% off MSRP or more depending on your total purchase from your local dealers. Send me a PM if you need help.