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Hi everyone,

 

I'm in the market for a new sub, and my local Audio specialty dealer is offering a Mordaunt-Short MS-909W for $400. It's in great shape, and sounds excellent. Is it worth the $450? He claimed not to know how old it was.  Anyone familiar enough to say whether it's worth it at $450?  

 

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According to the owner's manual (PDF):
- 12" driver
- 300W (RMS?) amp
- 30-200Hz +/- ?dB

IMO, no, it's not worth $400 or $450. If you can afford to spend $499, get the SVS PB-1000 ($499, shipped).

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In this post, it appears that you've decided on an SB-2000. Go with that. smile.gif
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Thanks for talking me off the ledge - I saw the MSRP of $1299 and started wondering if it would be a step up from the SVS unit.  Apparently not!  Thanks for the help - most of the specs on subs (or speakers for that matter) are like a foreign language to me.

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Specs aren't a guarantee of performance, but whereas SVS' specs tend to be very reliable, the specs for this sub are, IMO, too vague to be of any use.

Based on that, and on the fact that for ~$50 more you can get a brand-new SVS PB-1000 with full warranty, considerably better extension and, in all likelihood, considerably better overall output, I just don't see any value to paying $450 for a used MS-909W.
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Thanks for the help,eljaycanuk - it really helps to be able to come to a place where people know this stuff at a much higher level than I do (not hard to do, but still...).  Very much appreciate the help.  I'll be sticking with the SVS unit - ordered this morning!  

 

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I was going  back and forth between the 1000 and the 2000.  Had to go with the SB-1000 for now.  I understand they do a 1 year trade up at SVS, so I'll probably be upgrading when the cash flow scene is a bit better :)

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There are worse things in life than ending up with an SVS SB-1000 in your set-up. wink.gif Congrats on the new sub. cool.gif

If you don't mind my asking: Why the SB-1000 over the PB-1000, given that both are $499?

(I'm not trying to make you second-guess your choice - I'm just curious about the rationale.)
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I chatted with a sales rep at SVS, and that's what he recommended.  I'm almost all music, and with the HT that we do, I'm not all that interested in a deep "punch," so he suggested a sealed sub.  I hope he wasn't wrong!  It's also a  bit smaller than the ported unit, which will keep the wife happy.

 

I have some Argon 2s that have been sitting in boxes (since I moved) because I have no place to set them up.  Do you think the SB-1000 would pair well with them, when I move out of this acoustically-miserable condo?  If not, I understand SVS has a trade up program for a year after purchase. 

 

I like the Sib XLs because they're pretty space-conscious and image pretty well, but they can't hold a candle to my Argons, set up in a room with proper dimensions.  My next home will have a dedicated listening room - without a doubt!   

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I chatted with a sales rep at SVS, and that's what he recommended.  I'm almost all music, and with the HT that we do, I'm not all that interested in a deep "punch," so he suggested a sealed sub.  I hope he wasn't wrong!  It's also a  bit smaller than the ported unit, which will keep the wife happy.
Thanks for the reply. It all sounds very reasonable. smile.gif
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I have some Argon 2s ... Do you think the SB-1000 would pair well with them ... If not, I understand SVS has a trade up program for a year after purchase.
Yes, it should pair up just fine with them. The SB-2000 won't necessarily pair any better, but it will give you more output and extension. Which, in a larger room, may be of benefit.

(If you're happy with how the SB-1000 sounds, rather than upgrade to a -2000, you could just add a second -1000.)
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Ok, thanks for the advice.  By the way, your setup brings tears to my eyes - a thing of beauty, my friend! 

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