I’ve been lurking around this thread and a few others over the past month in search of a replacement for my SVS SB16 Ultra. I purchased what I would call my first real sub around 12-14 years ago. It was an SVS PC Ultra. I really loved it, but when SVS announced their new 16 Ultra line of subs I thought it would be a good time to upgrade. Since they didn’t offer a cylinder in the new line up, I had to go with the SB16 as I simply didn’t have the room for a PB.
I really liked the sound of the new sub, very tight and clean. The punch was also a little improved over the PC Ultra as well. I was happy.
Fast forward to November 2018. Although I love the SB16, there are times when I feel the bass just doesn’t dig as deep as I would like. Although I can feel bass on my chest, it just feels a little thin and seems to lack some “deepness”, if that makes sense. So my quest began to see if there might be something better.
As far as my listening area goes, I don’t have a dedicated HT room so my family room serves as both. I have a very open floor plan, with only three walls in the room which opens up to the kitchen and hallway. The total area in the family room and kitchen is around 5000 cf and this doesn’t even include the hallway. The family room dimensions are around 16x16x9. The floor is concrete covered by carpet. Because of all of this, I think I really need a vented sub to move more air. And to make matters worse, I really only have room for one sub. Lastly, 99% of my listening is HT and TV.
As I started my research, I was initially leaning towards the PSA V1811 due to their reputation and customer service. I wrote some emails to Tom which he stated that the 1811 would have twice the output of my SB16. I was very impressed and very close to pulling the trigger but started reading a couple of the GTG threads from SoCal and Houston. There was a very common denominator in both of these threads in that the V1800 line seemed to bottom out near the 20Hz mark. Not bad at all, and a very good sub indeed, but when compared to subs that can dig a bit deeper it seemed unanimous from folks that attended the GTG’s that they much preferred the subs that could go deeper. There also seemed to be a lot of folks that liked the JTR’s for the same reason.
Because of my limited space with regards to sub placement (and WAF), I had narrowed my search down to the JTR CAP 118HT and the new CAP 2400. I was leaning towards the 118 due to the great mid bass output numbers and comments from the GTG’s. It seemed like a very good all-around sub. Buttt, there were also some very good comments on the 2400 as well. I was also very intrigued by those that have noted how the low digging subs improve the overall listening enjoyment even on material that doesn’t dig into the low teens. That being said, I was a little worried I might be sacrificing a little of the mid-bass thump by going with a sub that dug deeper.
So in the end, I chose the 2400 with the thought that it would fill the room better and as Jeff put it, be a better “all around” sub. I just hope I won’t be missing any mid bass chest punch. Jeff completed the build and it was shipped today. It is currently scheduled to arrive late next week.
And finally, a big thanks to all of the folks that contribute to this forum. And I am especially appreciative of the contributions from the GTG’s where people have the ability to compare multiple subs in the same environment. It certainly helped with my decision-making process. I am very much looking forward to being a member of the JTR club.