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Need a subwoofer recommendation to go with my new JBL LSR305's. This is for a small home office PC setup and I enjoy bass heavy stuff from games to all types of music. The 305's monitor speakers are connected via a Soundblaster Z sound card in my PC.

I am not sure if I should go for a sealed or ported sub. Maybe something like one of the 12" subs from SVS. Like to stay around $500 or so.

Also do I need to worry about needing a sub with a low pass filter? Confused as to the best way to integrate the sub into my setup. Do I connect the sound card to the sub and then out to the 305 studio monitors?
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I would go for one of the PB12 NSDs while they are still in stock. That model is being clearenced out at a great price so don't wait too long before grabbing on of those. What nice for use with active monitors is the SVS subs have a high passed output on their subs, so bass managements becomes that much easier. You just connect the sound card to the sub, and the sub's RCA outs to the JBLs.
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I would go for one of the PB12 NSDs while they are still in stock. That model is being clearenced out at a great price so don't wait too long before grabbing on of those. What nice for use with active monitors is the SVS subs have a high passed output on their subs, so bass managements becomes that much easier. You just connect the sound card to the sub, and the sub's RCA outs to the JBLs.

I agree. It's worth the extra $100 over your budget if you can afford it.

I think you are on the right track with the SVS subs. If the PB12 is too much to spend, the SVS PB-1000 should provide more than enough bass for a small room. If both the PB12 and PB-1000 are too big, you might consider either the SVS SB12-NSD or SB-1000. They are compact sealed subs that can provide a little better SQ at the expense of not extending quite a deep or having as much maximum output.

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I wonder if these SVS subs are overkill because I do not watch movies at all in this home office space. I am getting it solely for gaming and music.
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I wonder of these SVS models overkill because I do not watch movies at all in this home office space. I am getting it solely for gaming and music.

Which SVS models? I use the SB-1000 in my desktop setup. Sounds awesome with music!

If you want to go cheaper, grab the Outlaw M8 while it's on sale for $249. Here is a review: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20042164-47.html

However, you don't get the 80hz high pass filter option with that sub.

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I would definitely go with one of the SVS subs they just can't be beat at that price

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The sale on the PB12 NSD is tempting but I noticed today that they will not ship out before March 28th which is way to long to wait.

I am still on the fence about sealed vs. ported. Again my home office is fairly small at 13'x13' and I will be mostly gaming and listening to music.


So with SVS here are the options on the table:

SB-1000
SB-2000 (worth the extra $ for my small room?)

PB-1000 (..only a 10" woofer)
PB-2000 (again possible overkill for my room?)
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The sale on the PB12 NSD is tempting but I noticed today that they will not ship out before March 28th which is way to long to wait.

I am still on the fence about sealed vs. ported. Again my home office is fairly small at 13'x13' and I will be mostly gaming and listening to music.
The PB-1000 may be "only" a 10" sub, but it's a powerful and well-rated performer. In a 13' x 13' room, you'd be fine with either the PB-1000 or the SB-1000.

SVS offers free return shipping within 45 days, so buy one and try it out. If you like it, you're set; if you don't, return it and get something else (a PB-/SB-2000 or some other brand of sub). The in-home demo will have cost you $0.
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The PB-1000 may be "only" a 10" sub, but it's a powerful and well-rated performer. In a 13' x 13' room, you'd be fine with either the PB-1000 or the SB-1000.

I agree. The PB-1000 is a much larger ported sub than the SB-1000. It actually has more maximum output.

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Thanks for the replies so far, it seems my choice in an SVS sub is down to either the SB-1000 or the PB-1000.

It would be helpful if I could get a better idea of the differences between these two subs other than the obvious. If I were to A/B compare the two blind in my room would I really notice a difference when PC gaming, or listening to music?
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Thanks for the replies so far, it seems my choice in an SVS sub is down to either the SB-1000 or the PB-1000.

It would be helpful if I could get a better idea of the differences between these two subs other than the obvious.

Ask and you shall receive. Here is Jim Wilson's excellent comparative review (gee, I think this is the second time I posted this in a discussion): http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/speaker-subwoofer-reviews/66069-svs-pb1000-sb1000-subwoofer-review.html

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