Hello, I've posted here before asking for general recommendations on a sub woofer, so for those threads I'll link to previous discussions here, but fast forwarding a few years with some different goals in mind.
Room size: Still the same - 13 x 11 x 7.5 ft, but I want to take the question a bit further.
Use case: 90% music (EDM - dubstep/future/house/trap/techno/etc - think soundcloud) and 10% gaming. Also the consensus I've gathered is that I will want to look at a sealed sub woofer versus ported for a tighter bass in this use case versus home theater.
Budget: Up towards $1k this time around.
Fast forward a few years, some of these previously mentioned models are no longer in production, I absolutely loved my pair of AudioEngine A5+'s (I'm upgrading to wireless now), so that's for sure going to be the same.
I've settled on a Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 for temporary (this went straight to my friend once I decided it's upgrade time), which was OK if not somewhat loose/muddy in my experience, though sub-optimal positioning possibly.
I'm now looking at the SVS SB-2000 possibly, however the Elac sub3010/3030 was on my radar but the response frequencies from the SVS are a bit lower it seems and the warranty is quite a bit longer as well. Both have excellent reviews however.
My positioning currently is underneath my desk to the right, however this may change based on recommendations and/or the sub woofer crawling method. I've attached my room layout below (I'm a minimalist, which is my goal going forward as well).
I have a few questions however, and want to take the discussion further here:
1) What would be the differentiating factors when it comes to a smaller room size? I can either pick up the SVS-SB2000 or the SB3000, which is going from a difference of 500 to 800 watts RMS, however at equally as much difference for price which I have no problem with either way. My question - is there a diminishing return here on value when it comes to a smaller room size or how much of a factor does this play in such that I'm not loosing value?
2) This leads me into my next question. Would a higher powered sub such as the SB3000 also create an imbalance possibly by overpowering the AudioEngine's loosing value in this regard? I can tune the sub woofer, however as mentioned before I don't want to cap the capabilities by potentially under performing speakers that may end up overpowered - no matter the quality.
3) As far as the room size goes, I am looking to future proof this if possible as well to translate into a tiny house as well down the road (my goal is 8.6 x 25-28 x 13 ft; on wheels), however I'm not entirely sure how this may pan out in practice exactly, as there's multiple factors that plays into how the spacing affects the audio perception here, and may consider upgrading regardless. The underlying theme here however is that I plan to generally keep my living space in smaller dimensions, but that may or may not potentially be a key factor as I want to optimize the experience here.
4) Are there any new brands out there that have arisen for general recommendations or how have trends changed in this time frame? I've previously looked at a wide variety of brands thus far, from Polk/BIC to Elac/SVS/HSU/Klipsch/KEF to infinity, pioneer, paradigm, legacy, emotiva, even cerwin vega and some others, however this will be going into a powered computer system so not home theater in this case which will more than likely not fit the bill here and would be loosing value in that sense
I will also be doing further research and the like into DSP controls, response curves, crossover, what IO should be used here, etc since this is all important as well, but I currently lack knowledge on these topics as I've not taken a deep dive yet.