Originally Posted by beyondm3
Thank you for the reply. I was concerned when we visited the build site again and this was probably the first time I visited after doing some research/looking around for a sub, which is what lead me to posting the floor plan. I was originally planning on sticking the sub in the bottom right corner of the great room so it appears some what "hidden" when you walk into the area, so it would not be considered near field. Those are indeed archways to the dining room. It seems like I might just be better off going with a PB vs SB. I could potentially do dual SB but it goes against my "smaller" footprint focus.
FWIW, this is what I advised in the first response to your question. I believe that you will prefer a ported sub for the type of listening that you will be doing. Porting greatly
increases a subwoofer's ability to produce <35Hz sounds and tactile sensations. And, in larger rooms, on concrete, and for movie/TV watching, ported subs are a much safer bet, unless you can have several equivalent sealed subs for each ported sub. So, I would definitely start with a good ported subwoofer if I were in your position.
The footprint of the subwoofer won't matter nearly as much as you think it will. After a very short while, the subwoofer will just become another piece of furniture in the room, and you won't really notice that it is a few inches longer, wider, or taller than you had originally imagined it as being. There is a lot of empirical evidence on AVS to support that conclusion.
But, it isn't just the greater capability of the ported sub which makes it a better choice for your first really good sub, and for the SVS free-trial period. It is also the ability to test the subwoofer in both ported and sealed mode that I think makes it a better choice for you. You have a relatively inexpensive ported sub now. Moving to a good SVS sealed sub will immediately give you an increase in mid-bass SPL, and an increase in overall sound quality. The subwoofer will play mid-bass frequencies both louder, and with less distortion, than what you have now.
But, it is not going to give you a lot more low-bass SPL and TR (tactile response), compared to what you already have. And, if you are like most people, you are going to start to wonder whether you would have been better-off in going with a ported model after all. If you start with something like a PB3000, you can try it in both sealed and ported mode, without ever moving it from your selected position in the room. And, that will give you a very legitimate head-to-head comparison, that you would be hard-pressed to achieve in any other way.
I predict that you will prefer the ported mode. And, then you will be all set. If you find that you prefer sealed, you can exchange it for the smaller SB3000 or SB4000. But, either way it goes, you will be taking the guesswork out of the question of whether you need/prefer ported or sealed. And, the longer you hang around on AVS, and on subwoofer threads, the more you will appreciate how important it is to be able to identify your own bass goals and preferences, in your own room.