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Sperandeo
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SVS Subwoofer nightmare

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. 

Kal Rubinson
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Try a sub EQ.  You should not

Try a sub EQ.  While the SVS/Audyssey is excellent, even the AntiMode 8033 should suffice.  You should not be able to distinguish a properly installed ported sub from a sealed one.

Sperandeo
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I think I would rather mess

I think I would rather mess around with the settings on the sub before having to add another component to my system. Don't you think?

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Of course but I don't know

Of course but I don't know what those settings are or will do.  Certainly, worth a try.

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Should have gotten a Rythmik sub

to use with Maggies. If you can return the SVS, I'd check out the Rythmik F15. Better yet the F15HP if you can afford it. While a sealed sub is suggested for use with planar/quasi-ribbon speakers, sealed subwoofers that are servo-controlled, and have low Q are a must. I researched subs (including auditions) to use with my Magnestand Magnepan MMGs and Rythmik came out on top for price and performance. And they have good documentation on how to maximize its setup.

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I purchased an SVS12 Plus

I purchased an SVS12 Plus ported sub to mate with my Cremonas but I could never really properly match the sub to my speakers, the sound was too heavy in the base. This past Christmas I got myself a Velodyne SMS-1 equalizer, and wow what a difference! With the SMS-1 I was able to seamlessly intigrate the rather big SVS12 to my Cremonas.The bottom end is now tight and articulate and it has major punch when called for. Love it.

 

Good luck!

Mike

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SVS SB-13 ultra sub

I had an older HSU 1220HO, and when it died I bought the SVS.

I don't have an automatic room-correction component, so it took a little
while to set up, but the results are well worth it, and the sound shaping controls make it possible. It's added a whole new dimension of sound--auditory and tactile. I can follow the bass lines and pick out the kick drum now without boominess. It complements my Martin Logan electrostatic speakers very well.I have been falling asleep listening to music for the last three weeks--it sounds too good to turn it
off and go to bed!

 

Bass initially was a litle boomy and muddy: (see red trace):

After correction it sounds terrific:

 

I can't seem to post images, sorry- here are links (red trace)

http://markwilson.zenfolio.com/p920669287/e4f71d6fc

http://markwilson.zenfolio.com/p920669287/e4f71d704

http://markwilson.zenfolio.com/p920669287/e4f71dd70

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