Originally Posted by iansilv
I would like some thoughts by PB16 owners on my choice of subwoofer location. I have narrowed my subwoofer choice down to a PB16 or an F18+. I’m leaning towards the SVS but I’m worried about my placement. I really don’t have any other option but to put it behind my wrap-around couch sideways along the wall. It would be in a space with about three inches on each side between it and the wall and it and the couch. The room is three-sided with an open back that opens towards the kitchen. On each side of it- effectively blocking out the space so kids can not get to it- is a large planter. So the space is enclosed by a side wall, planter, couch, and second planter. I have a sub cable run in the wall that also comes out right there.
The driver would be firing towards a planter, but it could either fire towards the front TV wall or back towards the open end of the room.
My question is this- How will my placement affect the sound, if at all? My only real concern is that it works well for movies. I want to feel amazing bass in movies and from the reviews I have read the PB16 is amazing. I heard it recently and was impressed.
The other idea I was considering was an F18+ firing directly in to the back of the couch, but I think I would prefer the SVS PB16.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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First, there would be quite a bit of difference between a sealed F18+ and a PB16. Sealed subs have some advantages of their own, including their relatively smaller cabinets. And, an additional advantage of the F18+ is the ability to add slave units less expensively than the cost of another full subwoofer. But, there would be very little comparison between the <35Hz output of a PB16 and that of a single compact sealed 18" sub. And, the ported sub would have a huge advantage in tactile response, due to the air moving through the ports which creates additional particle velocity.
So, I think that given your objectives, the PB16 will be a very good choice, especially for powerful bass in movies. As for where it will sound best, I would recommend getting it in position, playing some bass-heavy material, and rotating it in multiple directions to determine what you like the most. In theory, the more the driver and ports point toward the listening position, the more tactile response (TR) you will get. But, if the sub is fairly close to the couch, as it appears that it will be, then the specific orientation of the driver may not affect the TR very much. But, it might sound better to you in one alignment compared to the other, so I would try it with the driver pointed toward the TV, and also toward the back wall. (Nothing about firing toward a planter in either direction should affect the inherent sound of the bass frequencies.)
Let us know how things work out.