Originally Posted by ack_bk
I agree with this. Before you go off and spend another $1500-2500, take the time to figure out the room. I would look into buying either a Dayton Omnimic or get a sub $100 USB mic and use with with REW that is free. This would allow you to really measure your room and try placement. It could be your sitting in a null. Also, have you tried EQ?
I completely agree with ack_bk. I just sold my svs pc13 and replaced it with dual xs30's. I received them 1 week ago and I have tried multiple placement scenarios. I have been using REW with each change so I can see what I'm hearing.
My first placement, I was not getting the low end response (REW comfirmed this) as I had a very wide null sucking everything from 15 to 25hz. 2 days later I used REW while moving one of my subs all around the room, running sweeps in every location. I have found many trade offs with each placement, and so far not one is "perfect".
I'm currently running 1 nearfield directly behind my seats and the other behind my front right speaker. This placement scenario gives me the same low end response as the pc13 (which was great), but I now also have much better upper base. It also feels as if the bass is "fuller" in the room - dual subs...
I'm not done trying placement scenarios. I'm still hoping to move them yet again and give it another day or 2 while testing out other placement scenarios. I'm hoping to try running both up front near the front speakers. They measure flatter up up front, but I have no room for them (would have to replace my fronts to bookshelfs and use the subs at stands..).
I guess my point is, invest in REW and time (maybe another xs30...), before giving it up. I know that mine are not 100% dialed in, but they will be. I have no regrets with the xs30's.