Originally Posted by Ngerstman
Hello all on svs forum. Looking to buy a pair of subs for a 2 channel system with Martin Logan Motion 40 speakers and a Rotel integrated for music and tv, movies, etc. my room is very large with very high ceilings as well, large volume. Trying to decide between the svs sb2000 or a pair of rel t9i. I know the larger ported woofer would woof more but want to keep size of box contained. The rels have the downward firing passive radiator, which can add to impact but the svs has much bigger woofers, I would imagine move more air. Looking for quality sound, don’t need head banging bass but also don’t want to have bass lost in large room. What do you guys think? Thanks. Ned.
I think that helping other people select subwoofers can be very difficult, because we don't always have a common reference point. If someone already has subwoofers, and can tell me his room size, his normal listening level, and how much subwoofer boost he typically uses, I can usually combine that information with whatever he feels that his current subs are lacking, to make an intelligent recommendation. But, open-ended questions are the hardest to answer, in my opinion.
With that said, I don't think that the 10" REL subs with a 300 watt amp, would be a very good investment for the situation you are describing. My suggestion is that you try a pair of the new SB3000's. They are sealed subs, so the size would still be pretty compact, and the price would be much better than that of the dual REL's. But, the SB3000 would offer some output and technology advantages, compared to the SB2000's, that I think could be well worth the relatively slight cost difference.
Ed Mullen, of SVS, has commented on another thread about the surprising increase in mid-bass output from the 3000's, with their newly designed driver and voice coil. He said they really excelled in internal CEA-2010 testing, compared to the 2000 series subs. I think that trying two of those subwoofers would be well worth your while.
If they are exactly what you need, then you won't need to look any further. If they lack anything at all, you will have been able to establish a baseline that can be used to provide a more personally-tailored recommendation. And, you have done it with no financial risk, since they offer 45-day trials, with free return shipping. But, I really think that a pair of SB3000's might be an awfully good solution for what you have described.