Hello bass heads,
Sorry for the confusing title but my situation is bit confusing and needs your input.
I’ve got 2 SVS SB16 (now 2.5 year old). They have served me well and I am fairly happy with them. They are utilized in my dedicated HT room in the basement and kicks (satisfactory) ass. My dedicated HT room is used 80% for movies and 20% for music listening. I do have a separate 2 channel system in the main level family room. Though these days I hardly get any chance to listen to music there due to having two kids under the age of 5. So I may have to resort to using HT room (more than I like) to listen to music.
With this recent shift in my HT usage, I was contemplating doing without SVS and moving toward JL due to their musicality. I have owned RELs for 12+ years and they were superb but that’s mainly for 2 channel, not so much for HT. But I think JL makes good sub to perform equally well for both purposes. One thing I must admit, I find my Revel Salon Ultima floor standing speakers bass heavy enough that almost all the time (unless I am listening to 70s hard rock on Vinyl) I find myself not needing or liking additional bass of a sub.
Having said all this, here’s my dilemma.
a) Keep SVS SB16 and possibly add 2 more and place them at the back of the room for true immersive bass for my HT only? $4K additional exp.
b) Or sell SVS and get 2 Fathom F212v2? I can get a (3 year old) used pair for $8k. This would be pretty comparable to the price tag of 4 new SVS SB16s.
c) Or sell SVS and get 1 Gotham G213 for now and add one later? I can get a (9 year old
) used one for $5k.
Since money is a factor, I want get the most bang for my buck where I will be happy with both music and movie. Again, it will be mostly movies but having the option for music will be great which is where SVS lacks.
I personally like option b. I am not sure how badly I need to have bass coming from the back of the room so option a may not be the right one. But the thought of having a pair of Gotham down the road exites me. But that's the most expensive route for the long run and for the short run I will miss not having a pair of subs that is truly a minimum for HT setup.
What say you?