Originally Posted by popalock
I'm putting you down as currently owning the ProSub 200TL until you update your post with your journey...lol
Okay, here goes:Timeline
2002 - Definitive Technology ProSub 200TL
2008 (early) - SVS PB10-NSD
2008 (late) - SVS PB12-NSD
2011: Dual ChaseHT SS-18.1 passive subs w/ Dayton SA1000 ampAbout My Journey
I got my first real pair of speakers - Paradigm 7se's - in the mid- to late-'80s and kept them for ~20 years. Great speakers. They were part of my first attempt at an HT set-up in the late '90s (which included a 27" RCA tube TV, a VCR and a Denon stereo receiver).
When my wife and I bought our first house - and after having come to the conclusion that I wanted a sub - I added the DefTech sub. The added extension was great! With a finished basement in the plans in 2008 - and after having demo'd an Energy S10.3 in my set-up and coming to the realization that the ProSub was relatively lacking - I decided to get a highly-rated PB10-NSD. Wow, what a step up in subwooferage! But when I took it to my buddy's place and A/B'd it against his Paradigm PW-2200 in his basement HT, I realized that I'd need more output to compensate for moving from a main-floor set-up to a basement set-up. And, so, the PB12-NSD came along.
It was a great sub for a little over two years, at which point I'd discovered the joy of duals, and also decided that the PB12 wasn't giving me everything I was looking for: I wanted a bit more output, smoother FR, and a tighter sound for music. I almost ended up with dual Rythmik F15s, but a three-month back-order - and an audition of my buddy's ChaseHT CS-18.1s - veered me toward the SS-18.1s.
Although they're not perfect, they are very good, and they took care of the things I wanted taken care of (output, FR, tighter sound).
Over the years, I've also had the chance to demo a number of other subs, including the Energy S10.3; my buddy's Paradigm PW-2200, AV123 MFW-15 and Paradigm Servo-15 v1; and an acquaintance's Paradigm Servo-15 v2 and SUB 25.
I've come to appreciate what better sound sounds like and what better performance feels like. It sounds and feels pretty good. Lessons Learned / Advice
- Do your research. Try to learn what the numbers mean.
- Be prepared to spend a bit more, if you can, to get something better. And by "better", I don't mean "audiophile pretentious" better - I just mean something that doesn't leave you wishing you'd (saved up and) spent a bit more up front to get what you really wanted. If nothing else, you'll feel the need to upgrade less often, which may save you more in the long run.
- Don't get obsessive with your set-up: Calibrate, tweak and enjoy. If it sounds good, leave it alone. When it stops sounding good, that's the time to "fix what's broke".
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