It was in my head when I typed it.
Anyway.... a Sub1 would definitely be a better choice than the DD18. In terms of aesthetics, it's room correction, power and all it's stuff made in house, it has the edge imo. There is a review of it on this site, back when it had a sensible price.
People don't seem to understand that a sub and your speakers are at the mercy of your room correction system. Yes, some speakers by default will sound better that others without any room correction - this has been demonstrated to me many times recording source live and in studio, you'd have to be deaf not to notice.
However, if you take 4 or 5 similar spec subs it will become much less about the measurements and more about the bass integration. You can take your DIY/whatever sub out into a field and measure it all you like but it's a rough guide. Real world application comes from positioning and room correction.
When your bass is bad your dialogue channel will suffer and since that's about 90% of most movies the 10% of boom bang bosh and pans sound unnatural.
It's a sub that, imo priced itself out of the market. Paradigm grew in strength as a company and started to lean more into the HiFi end of things around the time of the Prestige series. They where always on the pricey side and this can be seen very clear in the Persona range.
They are a top end speaker. The Sub25 if you ever see one is an absolute weapon - it's a huge 15'' with a version of a sub 2 amp on board. Probably the best single 15 out there I reckon.
A Sub25 will be very difficult to find.
My vote would be for the Sub1. It’s very special.
Is the DD fixed now with a new driver ?I don't think I'm likely to find one but then again I didn't think I would find a Sub 1 so who knows, I do really like the Sub 1 but I think I do just prefer the DD18+ but it’s very close, the performance of the Sub 1 is amazing given it's small footprint.
They do both sound very different, Steve aka the "Guru" set them both up to make sure it’s fair comparison.
There is more midrange bass/punch from the Sub 1 but I’m missing a little bit of tactile response compared to the DD.
It's a good problem to have though deciding which one to keep a my mind does seem to change depending on what I'm watching.
Oh I presumed you had them running side by side - I wouldn’t count out that DD18+ Especially a brand new driverNo, not yet, the driver should arrive at Redline one day this week.
I only really got the sub 1 because I was missing my bass and now I’m enjoying it.
Oh I presumed you had them running side by side - I wouldn’t count out that DD18+ Especially a brand new driver
To fit my PB3000 I took the one arm off my L shaped sofa and gained an extra 15 inches of Room - using novice upholstery skills you would not Know I did it - the Mrs still hasn’t noticed - things you can get away with in a Man Cave down the garden