It all started when I learned I needed a sub (duh). When I began my research on subs, I was pretty much sold on the DD15. Then, of course, this led to me having to upgrade my speakers. I then decided for B&W speakers (this is pretty much set). So, now I still have to choose a sub. The DD15 is what I started off wanting but the ASW 850 will match my set up and is not "piano black".
So my question is, will the ASW perform as well as the DD15?
My room is 15' x 39' with a vaulted ceiling (8' on one side, 12' on the other).
Murunga... that's a pretty big space. I'm not sure how the ASW850 or DD-15 would do in that room for HT, they would likely be adequate. But as to completely filling and pressurizing the room for that "Wow effect" for movies, I'm not sure. Maybe someone who has one or the other in a large room like yours can chime in. Though if you wanted to be safe, you might want to look at a DD-18 or the ACI Maestro (which is cheaper). With the Maestro you can get wood panels that might be a better match (color wise) for your B&W's. Both would likely not leave you "wanting more" for HT and give you plenty of headroom.
Originally posted by Ilkka There is always an SVS option too, I believe Ultra/2 would fill that space nicely.
Very much a contender in this range if the size and weight is not an issue. I seriously considered the Ultra/2, but I knew with it's size, it could not pass the WAF. Not to mention I didn't have the room for it (barely had the room for the Maestro). Obviously Murunga does not have the space problem though.
I've also personally realized that I prefer a sealed design myself, though I know the SVS and other ported subs are well designed, I didn't care for thier single 12" model. EMWV of course, it's just a personal taste thing.
The Everest and the B12-Plus/4 require the purchase of an outboard amp and the Maestro comes with an outboard amp. Personally I like the idea of an outboard amp with these bigger subs because it can be a pain to reach around these monsters!
Craigsub (a popular member around the forums) is a self proclaimed "Sub-Lunitic" and has owned both the B12-Plus/4 and the Maestro and per his thorough review preferred the Maestro! If your interested here it is: Maestro Review .
Anyway for your appplication I'd almost recommend the Everest, the only problem is it's custom made and no 30-day return policy or anything like that.
If you were into DIY, an IB sub (built-into your attic space) might be an option and save some money!
If it were me: I'd go with a full ACI system. I have their Protege speakers as my front three and they are terrific. I'd go with Essence for center and either Essence or Panoramas for mains, and a pair of Maestros. You'd still be under the B&W budget and it would sound phenominal. And yes, I've heard a lot of B&W speakers and I'd strongly recommend the whole ACI package
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