I’m not looking to add any more equipment to the setup, or to do reference setup myself. I used to get much more into super accurate measurement and components, but as I’ve got older and lazier I’m happy just letting the Denon’s Audacity do the heavy lifting for me.Assuming typical 8ft ceilings the OP's room is just over 3,100Ft3 so fairly large. This is the measured CEA-2010 output for each sub and both should be just about reference capable according to my table.
Hi, this is a thread I've been planning on creating for a while now. The table below lists CEA-2010 output rated subwoofers in order of their estimated ability to support user listening levels (relative to 85dB reference) in rooms of varying sizes. Unsurprisingly, the new Monoprice Monolith THX...www.avforums.com
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As is typical with SVS models, they're tuned slightly higher so trade some infrasonic extension for more output higher up the frequency range where the majority of LFE content is.
Performance-wise I think @Ian Dudley would be very happy with either sub and, leaving aesthetics and price/budget aside, factors affecting choice are:
1. Method of EQing the sub(s). If you're just going to rely on an AVR's auto-EQ system then the SVS PEQ's offer no advantage. If you're going the full monty and getting a MiniDSP 2X4HD then their advantage is minimal but this is too complex a solution for many. If you're going to buy a measurement microphone and use the SVS PEQs to fine tune the response then the SVS subs have a clear advantage.
2. Warranty support. With UK based retailers and a UK based distributor (Karma AV) SVS is the safer choice. It should also be easier to source replacement parts for SVS subs in the longer term outside the warranty period due to the sheer volume of subs they sell. Re. the latter, subwoofer plate amps have relatively high failure rates and I would be far more confident in being able to source one for the SVS if needed in say 8 years' time when its out of warranty. Unfortunately far too many subs end up as paper weights when they can't be repaired.
Ultimately both are very good subs and from what I can see most owners seem to be very happy with them so you can't go far wrong with either. If it were me, at the current price differences, personally I'd buy a pair of the Monos and use the cash saved to buy a UMIK-1 and a MiniDSP 2X4HD.
I’ll just be getting the single sub as we dont have space for a second (or at least not one I can sell to my wife). Interesting that the SVS is stronger at the higher frequencies, as with the relatively high crossover my Kefs have that might be more useful to me than deep bass extension. I found an old thread I posted on here when I first got them, and my previous Denon (1912 I think) wanted to cross over at 150hz during Audacity setup, which is higher than the Rel will go. So decent higher frequency performance in support of the Kefs would be good.
Thanks for this, good info to chew over.