I have not been having the most pleasant time purchasing a new subwoofer. After doing weeks of reading I decided to go with the SVS SB-12NSD sealed sub. It arrived a week later than promised, due to an error from the Canadian distributor. I hooked it up and was somewhat pleased with the sound until I tried to turn up the volume. I'm running 2x1000 wpc McIntosh monoblocks so the SB-12NSD lacked the cojones that my system needed. I spoke to SVS and we shared almost 12 emails back and forth discussing my concerns and what else might work for me. I packed up the SB-12NSD and drove 150KM (one way) to exchange it for the SB-13 plus. The Canadian distributor knew I had the high gloss 12NSD and assured me he had the SB-13 in stock. Once I arrived, I brought the 12NSD into the shop and asked them for my Highgloss SB-13 that I was told they didn't have a Highgloss. They only had the black oak finish. I felt my blood pressure raising and I couldn't believe the Manager would forget to mention such an important detail knowing I had to travel almost 300km. I paid the difference in price and hauled the sub back home.
When I was deciding on a replacement for the 12 , I read alot about the sealed being a faster sub and because I have Magnepan speakers, I wanted a sub that could keep up with the speed of the maggies. Many threads suggested going with a sealed sub.
My first impressions of the SB-13 was that this thing certainly had a set of cojones, compared to the 12. But because I've only ever had ported subs the bass signature on the sealed subs sound different and to be honest (being a drummer) it sounds much more realistic than some of the boomy ported subs I've listened to in the past. That being said I'm still going to need some time getting used to it with certain genres of music. It's perfect with jazz and classical, but for dance I'm used to that exaggerated boomy vibrating bass.
It's only been a couple of days. I'm listening to alot of music. I'll be back with a more detailed review real soon.