Originally Posted by whasaaaab
How good does the sub 1 sound
I gave my impressions about 100 posts back in this thread. I have only heard one other sub (a PW-2200) in my 7000 ft^3 room, so I can't claim to give a thorough evaluation. But here are some more thoughts:
1. PBK-1 is really good. I went from +/-3.5 dB over 20-80Hz before EQ to +/- 1.25 dB after EQ. And this is with no room treatments.
2. There is plenty of output during movies, to the point where the projector and wall sconces are vibrating too much to tolerate. The room and stuff in it give out before the sub does.
3. I think the strength of this sub is how it can resolve fast riffs on the bass guitar or upright, where other subs just meld the notes into a sustained 'boom'. I'm sure future reviews will bear this out, but the Sub 1 really is 'tight' or 'fast' or whatever you want to call it.
4. Paradigm makes the crappiest grilles, even on their flagship models. 8 of the 12 grille pins on my Sub 1 arrived broken. My dealer sent me replacements, but because of how they broke, it's nearly impossible to extract the broken fragments from the grilles and holes in the sub. Half of the magnets on my W5 grilles detached from the grilles, I had several grille pins break on my Monitor 9s, and the magnetic grille on one of my SE1s won't align correctly. They should spend a few pennies more and use metal pins and decent epoxy on the magnetic grilles.