Originally Posted by imureh
What other subs have you owned besides the HSU and DIY? Interested is how the mono compares to other subs you may have heard or listened to
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A pair of SVS PB12NSD subs, and then a mis match of other brands over the years (eD, Klipsch, etc). But in my last neighborhood, after I built my media room, I had half the neighborhood (along with some other friends and family) buying subs/speakers/projectors, etc and I have spent a lot of time with SVS PB/SB13 etc, Epik Empire, JL Fathom, HSU, JTR Cap S1 (pair), etc.
I did recommend and help a co-worker install a PB4000 recently and I do recommend SVS a lot to non-audio nuts because they look good, have great support, and people like the app.
In terms of how these subs all compare to say the Monolith 15, that is tough to really say as these were all in different rooms (sizes, treatments, placing, etc) but the most impressive sub I have ever heard was the JTR Cap1 (duals). I already like it (Monolith) over my Hsu VTF-15H and any other sub I have owned. I think I prefer it to the SVS PB4000, in terms of sound quality, but it's close. My neighbor wanted a no holds bar setup so I pointed him to JTR where he bought the Neosis speakers and Cap subs and he really did the room right after I pointed him to AVS Forum and Dennis Erskine's design service (double drywall, GG, proper acoustic panels, speaker layout, etc). It's the best room I have ever been in and the Caps are on another level than Monolith for sure.
I was originally going to go with DIY 18's. But I am finishing a theater room, a general purpose room, have three very active kids (sports/scholastics/music) a big house/yard and I just didn't have time for DIY right now. When the Monolith sale happened I grabbed dual 15's for under $2K shipped on somewhat of a whim (I did as much research as I can). I figured even if I keep them 6-12 months or so I could likely sell them and not lose much money and then I could either chase the JTR or Seaton next level or go DIY again (which is likely what I will do since you get the best bang for your buck). But who knows, I may end up keeping these longer. My room is not that big so dual Monolith 15's may be more than enough and I can always add one or two more.