Originally Posted by clickchick
Hi All, I am in the process of reading through the orb owners thread but I have a few questions and thought someone may be able to guide me. I am looking to purchase the peoples choice setup from orb. I am however, located in Australia and I am wondering if I should just buy the speakers and source a sub locally and maybe save on postage and in the process get a "better" sub. I have no experience of home audio and apart from a cheap sony HTIB box system I haven't any further experiecnes. I did however listen to a Bose setup and liked the sound of that (I am hoping to acheive similar with the orbs). I have mostly chosen the because of the way they look. (I am the wife so WAF is very important) My house is very open plan with tiled floors so maybe the super 8 won't "cut it" I have read that some people seem to combine the orbs with an svs sb12. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks for the guidance. Cheers
Hi, I can offer some thoughts about that. I had (have) a People's Choice system that I got in early 2008 which was my first 5.1 system. From the little that I've listened to Bose systems, the Orbs will perform better in my opinion.
Regarding the SB12 question, I did replace the Super 8 sub with a SVS SB12-NSD about a year ago. The SB12 is a VASTLY superior sub and if you have the option of getting one, I'd highly recommend doing so.
My initial reason for replacing the Super 8 was it's tendency to exhibit "port chuff" during movie scenes with strong low frequency content. This is a raucous noise created when the volume of air moving through the reflex port exceeds the port's capacity for laminar flow and turbulence results. I tried a number of things to try to get around this, but nothing really worked. FWIW, getting an Uber 10 may not resolve this problem either. There were some members with Uber 10's who reported the same phenomenon with their units. In addition, an Uber 10 will cost you about the same as an SB12.
As an additional consideration, another member here reported that his Super 8 amp had appeared to have failed and kept blowing fuses. I offered to sell him my spare Super 8 for cheap. Prior to shipping it, I decided to check it out to make sure everything was ok. As soon as I fired it up, it also blew it's fuse. I got replacement fuses but it blew every one of them, so something is obviously kaput in the amp.
I'm not saying the Super 8 is a bad unit, but the SB12 is just so much better. Once I got it installed and ran Audyssey calibration on the system, the sound was just so much richer. Even my wife, who really doesn't care about all this, was pretty surprised at how much cleaner the system was with the SB12. If anything, it blends with the Orbs even better than the Super 8 as its frequency response is pretty flat well up into the 200 hz range which is necessary to blend with the Orbs.
Some of the guys on the SVS forum sort of phoo-phoo the SB12 as it's the smallest unit that SVS makes. However if you're not an ultra-bass freak who likes your chest compressed everytime there's a car crash, you might find the SB12 very satisfactory.