Originally Posted by Jonas2
JL Audio subs are awesome, but that awesomeness DOES come with a price as you've discovered.
My local shop was also a JL Audio dealer, but I could not justify the price at the time. Performance was there, and quality is top notch. Good warranty, good company. BUT - SVS is also an excellent company that stands behind their products - hard to beat how easy it is to deal with SVS. That's what I ultimately went with, no regrets at all. If you have the coin for JL Audio, and they have your size, by all means. But for raw bang for the buck - it's not hard to beat them. You can get far more powerful subs for a lot less money. (If size is not an issue) You could get a pair of 18" PSAs for less than one JL 13.5", and a pair of the SVS PB16Us for the same price. JL is American-made, which is a big plus in my mind, but I go back to that paying a premium thing...
There's a $50 price difference (SVS cheaper) between the SVS SB-3000 and the JL Audio d110. On paper the SB-3000 should out perform the d110. Now I do know that in theory does not always equal what happens (sounds better/more impactful) in real world use. So I'll have to get my dealer to set up a side by side comparison for me to make a decision. Either one of these subs will be a significant upgrade from my PDR-100's so it really will come down to which gives me the best performance at this price point of ~$1K. I do like the small size of both of these subs though. I really don't want a huge sub.
Man cave-Marantz 8012, Oppo 203, 4K ATV, Sony XBR-75X940E, Bluesound Vault 2, Harmony One, 2 Paradigm Monitor 9's, CC-390, 2ADP 390's/190's, 2 PDR 100's,
4 SVS Prime elevations. B&W P5. Living room- Yamaha 2010, Bluesound Node 2, Paradigm SE-1's, Zone 2-Paradigm-Stylus 370-SM
Bedroom- Samsung UN60ES7100F, Oppo 103D, Pulse Mini, JBL Bar Studio, ATV3 and Harmony 650