SVS has in-home trials with free shipping and free returns. You could also use BBs return policy and get them from the store to see if this level of sub is worth it.
SVS outlet has PB-2000 or PC-2000 for $700, or PB-1000 might save a little money if needed per suggestions below.
(btw, check local sale sites like CL or FB marketplace. Since SVS redesigned their 12" subs multiple times recently, discontinued models may show up cheap).
One PC-2000 could possibly outperform all of the SUB-1200s combined (and certainly reaches lower), but may not have even bass across the room, so consider multiple subs, as you've done already.
Of course you can use your existing SUB-1200s to supplement anything you buy.
Your front speakers may be overmatched by new subs. Consider upgrading them, especially the center channel.
The center channel gets most of the surround signal, and most of the dialog. The Pioneer AJ C22 is known as a potential weak link, especially for dialog.
Consider the following:
2x SVS PC-2000, and put them in the front corners for boundary reinforcement. Move the towers in and/or to the front a little to accommodate them.
Use your 4 existing SUB-1200s underneath your satellites (you'll need to replace or modify the stands as a permanent solution, but some books may work for a test). The corner locations are ideal for boundary reinforcement.
(In fact, you may notice a difference now just moving your existing subs to the corners, especially the front ones up onto the riser, and recalibrating room correction).
If 6(!) subs take up too much space, take out some or all of the SUB-1200s.
Get a DSP solution and a microphone to help integrate all of your subs (Maybe something from MiniDSP.com).
You probably have enough left over within budget to get a decent center channel speaker (search the speaker forum for suggestions).
Start saving for replacing the front towers (and possibly the center if not bought now), or you could get a little money back by going with PB-1000s instead.
For the towers, I'd suggest looking for towers with at least 6.5" drivers, 8ohm impedance and relatively high sensitivity. If you're going to keep them tucked in the corner, look for front ports instead of rear. Otherwise move them away from the walls a bit.
For the center, remember that voice clarity is the main purpose of the speaker. If possible, a 3-way speaker or one with a horn or ribbon tends to help. If ported, try to find one on the front, and if on the back, keep enough room from the walls. Many are sealed.
Hsu, Rythmik, Monolith and others may offer ideal subs, but going with SVS lets you try without risk, as you can return them if you don't like them, and upgrade if you want within policy.
Of course, if you really like the other options, return the SVS and buy them.
Originally Posted by Brajesh
Reviving this old thread to solicit recommendations to upgrade from my Dayton 1200 subs. Initially had two 1200’s and feel I made the mistake of buying another two so I could get better bass. Two more subs helped, don’t get me wrong, but more isn’t necessarily better—I want the right sub or dual subs to get tighter, punchier bass that hit those low frequencies. Want to really feel that bass for movies mostly, minimally music.
My home theater room is 15.0 ft wide x 16.4 ft long. My present 7.4.4 audio set-up includes:
- 2x Pioneer FS52 towers for fronts
- Pioneer C22 center
- 4x Pioneer BS22 surrounds and surround backs
- 4x Sonace 6 1/2” ceiling heights
- 4x Dayton Audio 1200 subwoofers (2x front, 2x back)
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What would be your recommendations for a sub or dual subs for my set-up? My budget is $2K total. Thanks.