Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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I proposed a question a couple of weeks ago in the SVS thread since I currently own an 11-year old PB12-NSD, and was looking at trying to sell it and possibly move to the SB3000. Being in Canada, the pricing is awful for anything from the US with the currency conversion, shipping, taxes and duties. I contacted HSU about costs and did the conversions, and now have a second option for the same price tag (final cost to my door) as the SB3000 which is the HSU ULS-15 Mk2.
First off, here is the not-so-typical question I had about ported vs. sealed subs, and figured I'd ask it in here as well-
I own a condo so I do have to be somewhat conscious about volume/loudness when I'm watching movies. Luckily, I was an early buyer when the building was finishing construction, and ended up choosing a top floor corner unit so I really only have to worry about people living in the unit below me. My question on switching from a ported to sealed subwoofer in this case is; would I be able to watch a movie at a higher overall master volume (let's say watching at -15 rather than -20) and still have LESS potential for sound reaching/disrupting people below me? I only watch movies at high volume in the afternoons/early evening as well, I was just wondered in my specific setup if there was theoretically a scenario I could play a movie at a higher/louder volume and actually be LESS disruptive (if it were ever to be an issue).
The reason for considering a sealed sub, even though this is for a movies/streaming application, is that I'd like to move the sub from it's current placement in the corner beside the couch to reduce the localization from that spot to the front soundstage. Being a living room setup, the bigger ported boxes just look really out of place aesthetically and I wouldn't want my current sub there.
What attracted me to the SB3000 is: it has the gloss black finish which matches my KEF's, is a 15" cube which is a huge reduction in footprint size, and is a brand new design with their newest technology. Now that I have another choice in the same price range that fits the same criteria mostly (I don't get the gloss finish and it's a bit bigger box but go from a 13" driver to a 15") - how would the HSU compare strictly in the performance department against the SVS?
Panasonic EZ1000 65" OLED / Panasonic DMP UB400 / NAD T758v3 / Nvidia Shield TV
5.1.2 speaker setup - KEF R300 / R600c / Q50a / Focal Chorus SR800V / SVS PB12-NSD