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Hello all,

Not been on this forum before. I have just moved house and replaced my old cathode ray telly. Never had a home cinema kit before, and I have gone  bit crazy. My new living room is 4.5m x 4.5m, with an additional bay window (in which the satellit speakers will go), and I have bought:

1. A Panasonic 55VT50 Plasma screen.

2. A Pioneer SCLX-56 A/V receiver.

3. Monitor Audio's Shadow Speaker range for a 7.1 set up, i.e. 3 front, 2 side speakers and 2 rear speakers. 

4. Cambridge Audio's Azur 752BD Blu Ray player.

 

I got the AV receiver and most of the speakers in a 5.1 package deal from richer sounds - the sub that came included is the Monitor Audio BXW-10 sub.

 

None of it is even plugged in yet. Someone is coming round to set it all up for me, thank the lord. Chasing the cables into the walls was a nightmare, but I will post a pic to say thanks when it is all up and running!

I'm posting because I think my sub is the weak link. I want a better one. I am willing to go up to about £1,500. My friend has a BK Monolith, but here are a couple that have taken my fancy: B&W PV1D and REL 328 or 528. I would like, when playing 2 channel stereo, to have the sub playing too (I think this is called a speaker line input?).

If I can get real quality, I think I would prefer the more accurate, less boomy type of sound. I am hoping for this sort of money that the tightest, most musical subs out there will still make my set up sound pretty damn good, so I would be extremely grateful for any suggestions. I am also wondering whether to keep the sub I already have and use it as a second one, or should I only use identical subs in the same system....

many thanks,

alex

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

I have the PV1 and its a fantastic sub, the PV1-D would get my vote, but be warned I find it hard to place the sub because of its dual drivers. A sub that is only forward firing can be placed without anything obstructing its speaker. But, the PV1-D with its unique design will need some room. Otherwise one driver will be firing into your cabinet or speaker while the other into the room etc.

How about the MX700 MK3?

 

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

Subs that I would put on your shortlist are:

- PV1-D (as stated)

- Paradigm Seismic 110

- Velodyne SPL1200 Ultra

- SVS SB13-Plus

....and KK Sound DXD 808 (as recommended by David of F.Harvey), Nb. Same sub as MX700 Mk.3

 

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

Indeed, he recommended that as a step up for me. David knows his stuff.

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

I don't know how much of an improvement the pv1d is but I was not impressed when I heard the pv1 and the measurements I have seen of it are pretty terrible. 

 

Rel and bk are obviously good shouts. If EQ is considered to be important then you may want to consider a sub with it included, such as jl audio. If you want something small to complement the shadow speakers then I thought the paradigm seismic was very impressive. 

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

I have an as yet unused PV1D, bought nearly new from someone who replaced it was an SVS SB13 which he thinks goes much lower and louder, but is almost too much and difficult to control. Living in a flat I couldn't get away with a sub like that without upsetting the neighbours!

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I tried to help you pick an awesome sub...

Removed.

If I can't make a genuine recommendation to a genuine question, I don't see any point in taking part in this thread. I can either openly and transparently make recommendations (I'm not hiding who I am), or I can have them made by other people. Surely this way is preferred.

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

Don't rule out the BK's.

If you read the reviews on their site you'll see they get favourably compared to models 2 or 3 times their cost. Given the Monolith + (upgrade on the still-available Monolith) is only £550 then I'd definitely consider it. If you really want to splash out get two. Only issue is you can't demo it as they only sell directly (hence the price - no dealer margin). That's how I bought my first REL though - never regeretted it. Perhaps you could persuade your friend to let you borrow his?

They used to make the REL's when Richard Lord first started out, so know a thing or two about subs. And they are very flexible in terms of connections - you can even have separate home cinema and audio connections into it.

My father has one of the little ones (Gemini) which is nice / good value. If I was going for a sub to place my REL (not the original one) I think the Monolith + would be my default choice (in an Ayre / Harbeth system). Just think how many BlueRay discs / downloads you could buy with the money you save?!

 

 

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

There are loads of subs available for that money - BK's are very highly regarded for the money - and full stop.

My XXLS400 blew another forum member away who came round for a demo - he has a Paradigm sub15 which is a £3k retail sub.,

Not saying my BK is better just that I have set it up really well .  SVS are very popular no experience of them

 

Depends ultimately on what you want - real low end perfomance or musicality or both - both is difficult to get hence my comments below

 

I would try and get up to david @ Frank Harvey for a dem of the KK 12" duo or 8" - not sure the exact names they are very interesting to me anyway

I would def factor / budget in bass managment in the form of an antimode or similar (if its not included).  If you dont then you very likely wont hear the benefits of the money you have spent on a better sub over a cheaper one in your room unless you are very lucky.

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RE: I tried to help you pick an awesome sub...

David,

Your opinion is one that I value tremendously.

Your KNOWLEDGE and UNBIASED recommendations is definitely a virtue.

Unlike some retailers here who blatantly always manage to drive any opinion towards their own products, you have never done that.

Keep doing what you do best.

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RE: I tried to help you pick an awesome sub...

Thank you EvilWolf.

I only noticed your post while I was looking for another thread - I'm glad I looked.

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RE: I tried to help you pick an awesome sub...

We all sure those sentiments David. I just wish you was closer to where I lived Sad

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RE: I tried to help you pick an awesome sub...

I'm grateful to you also David for your advice and I would never mistrust your views purely because you rave about a product which you also sell. Keep up the support for this forum!

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

Thanks Duaplex and JC. It'll take much more than that to put me off! Smile

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RE: Help me pick an awesome sub - interested up to £1,500

Apologies - posted in the wrong place.

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