As some of you may have experienced, I just got the upgrade BUG on my PB-1000. I've been reading various recent threads/posts and have narrowed my options to:
/ HSU vtf-3mk5HP
/ Rythm FVX15
*I'm somewhat inclined on the PSA as they were the more easy to contact/respond.
Do any of this options are a *big* upgrade or a somewhat lateral move? Any other recommendation? My max budget is $1,400
I originally had an Onkyo HTIB Sub and when upgraded to the PB-1000. Wow!!! It was day/night. There was no contest between the two. Do I expect the same wow factor?
My room is not ideal and somewhat small at 13.4 x 13.9 x 8 but I've working on acoustics panels and calibration. My next step is REW (still waiting the mic to arrive). The rest of my system consists of Chane 2.4 (L-C-R), Emotiva Surrounds, PSB Imagine XA for Atmos and X4300h Receiver. I think anything bigger than 15" will be an overkill for my space.
Update (Dec 05, 2017):
I started this thread considering 3 different vented 15" subs and ended with an 18" sealed sub (PSA S1801). I decided on the sealed 18" because it has almost the same FR than 15" vented models but in a smaller footprint; and PSA brand because they were very easy to contact and offered the best shipping price to PR
So, It's a 15" sub a significant upgrade from a PB-1000?
I suppose, but an 18" definitely YES!
Honestly, at first I didn't notice the same WOW! effect that I got the PB-1000 from the HTIB sub. Maybe my HTIB sub was that bad that simply jumping into the $500 sub category (in my small room) made a world of a difference; really don't know. But after playing all weekend with levels, calibration, positions, dual vs single, etc. I can tell that the PSA S1801 is definitely more stronger, clearer and has more mid-bass punch than my PB-1000. In movies, explosions, gun shots, collisions and low frequency effects are so much stronger there's not even a contest. Using the 18" sub near-field made my couch vibrate so strong with all the tactile response that added another dimension in movies. The PB-1000 was no slouch either in TR; making the couch vibrate too. But the felling with the 18" is completely different and more impact full.
So to anyone considering the same upgrade, I think it boils down to budget. If are coming from a HTIB sub, definitely a $500+ premium brand sub will make a day/night difference. But if you already have premium sub, then it's more about bass power and definition. If budget allows definitely make the jump IMHO.