That is music sub the B&W ASW610. Looking the specs alone the SVS should be way ahead. And also reading the 610XP measurements which is the same sub as you looking but with 500w amp you almost need two of them for the capability of the SB1000 Pro which has 5db edge all over and lower distortion below 30hz. 610XP made for small rooms / moderate listening levels as the distortion creeps quite a bit. Imagine the cheaper 200w version you looking, it doesn`t have the juice below 40hz even close to that.
BK XLS200 would be way cheaper and comes with high quality Peerless XXLS driver and 275w amp. The sad thing is you can`t try it first. Don´t know their returning policy. But seriously i wouldn´t but it for movie use cause i have owned similar size BK Gemini II.
Arendal 1961 1S would be winner at 700£ mark cause it competes with 900£ products (SB2000 Pro). Sadly it`s 100£ out of your budget. Is there any chance to save up for that? It`s narrow which helps to make it look quite small.
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I agree with you on paper, it should be superior and exactly why it was my first choice before I even created this thread but in reality it has been a disappointment (at least for me).
Why would you not buy it for movie use?? I called BK today - they still sell the XLS200 but they are struggling to get the drivers and the man quoted me a lead time of end of September - October, there is no chance I can wait that long! They don't have any built units to buy either so worst case scenario is I wait that long for delivery and I'm not happy which would mean returning it (around £17 the bloke said which is reasonable) but its the thought that kills me.
The Ardendal looks awesome and I can afford it but I don't want to spend that much just yet. We are hoping this room in the next few years becomes a dedicated lounge/theatre at which point I will upgrade the amp and move from stereo to surround sound. This would also mean more space for a larger subwoofer or two in the corners (I am sold on the SVS PB2000 or equivalent) but that is still a few years away.
If I can get a couple of hundred quid back on the B&W after a few years, I'd be happy! Without vinyl wrapping a black sub, I think I am out of options unless I can find the patience to wait for the BK. I really do appreciate all your help and direction though!