B&W PV-1 or Velodyne SPL-800R?

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  1. spinaltap

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    I've just audtioned the Meridian G95 with Mission Elegante 81's and 8c, hooked-up to a B&W PV-1 sub....

    As impressive as the PV-1 was with this set-up (and a good aesthetic match with the Mission's), I can't help wondering whether or not the Velodyne SPL-800R would be the smarter purchase.

    My room size is 16' x 13' (for music and movies).

    Any thoughts, contributions or suggestions welcomed (especially by those with experience of both the PV-1 and 800R).
     
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    Here is a break down of their measured performance and a few others...
    The SPL-800R's does 90db to 42hz with 10% THD.
    The PV-1's 10% does 90db to 36hz with 10% THD.
    The ASW675's does 90db to 28hz with 10% THD.
    The SPL-1000R's does 93db to 22hz with 11% THD.
    The HGS-10 does 100db to 20hz with 14% THD.
    The SVS SB12-Plus does 99db to 20hz with 12% THD.

    The PV1 has less distortion than the SPL-800R and it will also play a bit louder.

    One interesting thing though is that the SPL-800R has a flatter bandwidth in the upper bass range; however with a BFD or SMS eq the PV-1 would be the winner of the two because it has the extra headroom to handle this.

    Both sub's will struggle rather badly above 91db or below 34hz, that being said, if I were you I would save up a bit more money and buy a better model. One contender is the SVS SB12-Plus which you will not easily beat until you hit the ASW-825/HGS-12 range or higher range. I would have to hear the PV-1 and SPL-800R side-by-side to say for sure which is better, I personally own an HGS-10.
     
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    Err, so that is basically saying that the SVS knocks the socks off the Velodyne then?

    I was looking at those two and it seems fairly clear that the SVS goes louder and lower and costs less too.... wonder how much the person in the flat below prefers the SVS though :D
     

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