I see some folks on this thread who have experience and knowledge, so I thought I'd ask for your thoughts. I just upgraded my HT kit except for my sub. I have a 10" ported sub that has just under 190 watts, so it isn't pulling its weight. I also have an acoustically challenging space.
First, what I'm looking for. My current sub is boomy and mushy. With a lot of material, it sounds more like it's humming than playing distinct sounds. It is important that I get more definition. I'm no audiophile, but I expect more clarity from an upgrade. I like to listen to music, but I watch more TV and movies. As with most, both are important. I don't want muddy music and I do want punch in movies, but I think I can live without the absolute best in both cases.
I've kind of decided that I'll get a ported sub, so I'm looking for one with clarity. The PB-1000 is an attractive offering, especially with the Canadian dealer. Size is an issue with the gf, so if the advice is to move up to the PB12-NSD, I'm going to need some convincing arguments I can use
Now for the space. I have a mostly open-concept where the living room opens into the dining room and kitchen, wraps around a center wall and joins back up with the living room--so an "O" shape.
The speakers are all Polk bookshelf RTiA1's (so not that big), with a CSiA6 center channel (that one is big). The SVS site recommends the PB-1000 for this, but I'm thinking the space comes into play here. By my calculations, it's over 3800 cubic feet. And it has nodes and modes that I can hear as I walk around, but that's another issue (unless you suggest two PB-1000's...). I don't need to knock the walls down, just get a little bit of punch-in-the-chest bass, and I'm wondering how good a job the PB-1000 would do in this size space. My inclination is to start with a PB-1000 and if I don't find it's enough to get a second one, instead of trying to convince my gf we need a mini-fridge sized speaker like the NSD.
While I'm rambling, any suggestions as to placement would also be welcome. Currently, my sub is in the wide opening between the living room and the dining room, which according to what I've read is about the worst place for it. I can't put it in the corner because there's a large desk there. The other options are next to the sofa listening position, as indicated in the image, with B probably being preferable (although I don't think and NDS would fit properly in either B or C).
Thanks in advance to anyone who might tackle my post.
EDIT: Changes for accuracy of my statements.Edited by ThinkRationally - 5/6/13 at 12:45pm