After further consideration, I’m still leaning towards the PB-1000 over the PB-12 NSD for the simple fact that I’d like to have the option to eventually go duals, because I really don’t like how a single sub leaves holes in bass response depending on listening position... but I don’t have a $1,000 subwoofer budget right now. If I bought a PB-12 now, there’s no guarantee I could get another one 6 months to a year from now. My understanding is that room EQ cannot eliminate standing waves and improve bass response at multiple seating positions, so dual subs is the only way to fix that problem, and using mis-matched subs is not really recommended... though maybe the two are similar enough it wouldn’t make a huge difference? The specs show that the PB-12 only plays 1Hz lower than the PB-1000, and that both have very flat bass response from 20Hz to 150Hz. The primary difference between them (other than driver size) seems to be component quality and amplifier power. SVS even has response curves on their site:
Am I overestimating the problem from mis-matched duals, and underestimating the difference between the units? The higher build quality of the PB-12 components and aluminum cone would be nice, and the box is only 2” larger in each direction, so it’s not like the size difference is massive between them. I’ve also heard that the PB-1000 doesn’t have nearly the ‘kick’ that the PB-12 does (less power, smaller driver), but I’m wondering if duals might improve that a little and allow for a little lower bass extension?
I’m by no means a basshead, but I want the lower frequencies to be clear & present (not just boomy) in as much as they should be for movies and music, or even slightly elevated, for a properly balanced/reproduced soundtrack with maybe even a slight punch/kick to it.
My past experience with subs is only with a 10” Onkyo HTIB ported sub and a 12” BIC America V1220 ported sub, so I’m sure anything is bound to be a massive improvement. My complaints with those two is the ill defined boominess to the bass, so I’m looking for something cleaner & clearer, with a more flat response and a little lower extension.
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