Have a nice Snell PS-10 subwoofer, I bought locally second hand. Specs are 330W, 10" driver, supposedly goes down to 27hz with -6 db. Had good enough performance for me, basically entirely for movie sound effects and video games (negligible audio listening). Unfortunately, all of a sudden the thing just started making a nasty hum and its not usable. Company, of course, has been defunct for several years, though they subcontracted out their service to a private repair company in MA.
Called the service company, and their tech, who was quite nice, told me that he gets in a couple of these in every month, the issue is invariably failed capacitors, and if I disassemble the pre-amp and amp boards and ship them out to him, he'll tear them down and do an entire rebuild of both for $355 using new high quality components. He said there is no point just replacing the defective capacitor(s) since its just a question of time before the others fail too, and that his rebuild should ensure the thing works great for years to come.
So here's the issue/question. This sub is probably 15 years old. At the time it came out it was a >$1000 high end unit, and it does have high build quality. It weighs nearly 60 lbs, and even the the speaker cone has a heat sink built into to it to help keep the driver cool! But I figure for the $355 repair cost, plus shipping costs, plus time it will take for me to disassemble this unit, pack it up send it off, then have to reassemble it on return, I'm in for another $400.
For that cost, does it even make sense for me to have this repaired? Specifically, are there any current production units that will give me equivalent, or perhaps even better performance in the $400 (shipped) price range? I'd even willing to pay a little bit more for significantly better performance, I just don't know which ones I should be looking at in this price range.
FWIW, I live in a rural area, and there is simply no store nearby that sells high-end audio equipment. I went to the local Best buy, and not to be mean, but I just didn't see anything on the floor that I thought was suitable. The other speakers here are all Polks, with Rtis as the front ones, and a CSi for the center. For that reason I was thinking about just getting a matching Polk DSWPro550. Refurbished ones can be had for as little as $300 on Ebay, but I simply don't how these stack up.
Again, any opinions here are appreciated.