Wow, 30 replies in just a day. It's awesome that these forums are so active.
Last night I spoke with a neighbor who has been into home audio for years now and told him I was interested in starting my own little DIY sub project. I also told him that I wasn't sure what kind of end result I was looking for other than "something that sounds good for both movies and music." He did a little demo of his setup with some scenes from Transformers 3, Terminator Salvation and then flipped though several genres on Sirius.
The "what are you looking for in a sub" question has been answered! lol
He has a SVS PB-1000 and I have never heard anything like it. That thing was amazing. Granted, I am definitely a newbie when it comes to this stuff so I wasn't sure if the sub was really that great or if it was just that the pool of other subs that I have heard were that bad. From what I have read, it really is a very good sub for the $500 that they go for. The room it was in is similar size/shape of the room I have so his results should be somewhat in line with what I would see.
I am still considering the DIY route if I can get similar (possibly better?) results from a beginner level DIY setup that would still be within my $300-$400 budget. The fact that the SVS comes with a warranty does definitely tip the scales even thought it is still $100 over the high end of what I was hoping to spend
With this being an internet direct sub manufacturer I know the costs of retail markup should be reduced compared to a big brand like Klipsch but there is still R&D costs that are figured in. Do you all still think there is still a worth while savings to be made with a DIY setup over the SVS?
Thanks again to everyone for all the feedback and sharing some of your personal experiences.