My first post. Long time lurker here. I typed way more than I thought I would so thanks in advanced for reading and offering your opinion.
I have been researching home theater equipment for the past 2 years. Last year I bought my first real set of HT speakers; LCR set of Ascend Sierra-2's. Initially my budget was $1000. Obviously I went well over that
. Now I am looking to overspend on my budget once again!
The details: My room is 22x13x7... approx. 2300 cubic ft. I use my HT for 60/40 HT/music. I live in an apartment and unfortunately have limited placement options. The subwoofer cannot be wider than 17". I also rather have accuracy/fidelity/linear response than high SPL. Sound quality is of the utmost importance. It has to blend well with my Sierra-2's after all.
I've never owned a HT subwoofer but I am no stranger to low end frequencies by any means. I've had subwoofers in all of my cars, I play bass guitar with 2 x 15" cabs and a 500w class a/b amp head and I also have experience recording and mixing music. I know how "good" bass should sound.
I tried to start at what I thought was a "reasonable" priced subwoofer that wouldn't bring down my walls and upset my neighbors. After literally 2 years of researching subwoofers I finally picked up an SVS PB-1000 to audition. It's left me underwhelmed.
I think for my room it is just a bit too under powered. For movie's it is mediocre... for music it is simply not that good. My little 8" sealed bose PC subwoofer has more accuracy and definition for music.
After more research I have decided that a Rhytmik E15HP or a PSA s1500 will be a better fit for me. Both are sealed compact 15" subwoofers with a 17" width and plenty of power for my 2300 cubic ft room Both companies have a great reputation and both are around the same price with the Rythmik E15HP being slightly more expensive at $1024 + $100 for shipping. I just dont know which one to pick.
I am kind of leaning towards the E15HP which is a more establish brand and subwoofer. Pros for me are: Class a/b amp. I know they aren't as efficient as Class D amps but in the world of bass guitar amps class a/b *subjectively* sounds warmer(to me, in my experience). Not sure if this even matters for a HT sub. Also, the amazing EQ options on the amp are a huge plus. The cons are its made in China and the biggest con is the two way shipping cost!
The cons of the E15HP are the pro's of the PSA s1500 which has gone out of its way to source as many components as possible in the USA. I am one of those who typically goes out of his way to purchase items NOT made in China and I don't mind paying more to do so. The cons of the s1500 are that its not out for 2 more weeks and there are no reviews! But they do have free return shipping!
In summary - E15HP vs PSA s1500. Which is the better sub? Buy the E15HP now, pay the $100 shipping/return cost or buy the PSA s1500 in 2 weeks when its released. If the PSA s1500 doesnt work out, return it for free and buy the Rhythmik? Or..? Decisions.......