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SVS PB1-ISD or B&W 675

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  1. gabs

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    Can anyone give some advice on which of these to go for, I heard the B&W 675 yesterday, I thought it sounded great, But after reading all about the SVS on these forums, they do sound great.

    If I went with the SVS PB1-ISD, I would be buying it without listening to it.

    Can anyone please give me some guidance

    Regards

    Gabs:confused:
     
  2. Ian J

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    Interesting short list you have drawn up as the two subs are chalk and cheese. The B&W is a compact sub whilst the SVS is much bigger. So far as I am aware only one forum member has bought the PB1 and he hasn't reported on it yet.

    Have a look at the many owner reviews on audioreview.com here and there are many glowing testimonials from owners with no negatives at all.

    One owner even compared his SVS to the Velodyne SPL-1200 which is similar to the B&W but considerably more powerful and expensive and he preferred the SVS
     
  3. gabs

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    Thanks Ian for the quick reply, I'll check them out.
     
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    I would go for the PB1-ISD.
    I had the SVS 25-31 PCi which is the cylinder equivalent of the PB1-ISD, and swapped it for the ASW675.
    While the B&W is a very good sub it doesn't have the same weight to the LFE as thye SVS.
    A biggy is the feel factor for me.
    I wanted to swap my 675 for another SVS after four months but due to appearances and WAF appeal I swapped my ASW675 for an ASW750.
    I am now pretty happy with the 750 and beleive it out performs the cheaper SVS ISD models, but at twice the price I would be a bit miffed if it didn't.
    The ASW675 is truley a great sub and if I hadn't have heard an SVS before I would have probably stuck with it.

    It's up to you, but I would reccomend buying the PB1-ISD. If the worst comes to the worst and you don't like it, I'm sure you will not be short of interest if you decided to sell it on the classifieds.
     
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    Thanks barrie, I think Im getting there, just one more question,
    I have 3 monitor audio radius 180's and 2 r90's. (small)

    Do you think the svs is to powerful for these speakers,
    all this is fairly new to me, thanks for the quick reply

    Regards

    Gabs
     
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    All it means is that the quality of the bass will be better than if you used a cheaper sub. It won't be too powerful as you will match the volume of the sub to the MA's when you set it all up.
     
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    Thanks Ian.

    You guys are great, nothing better than good advice

    Cheers

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    I think now the SVS is just too big for me, but I have finalised it down to the MS 909 or the B&W 675.

    Can anyone give me some feedback on these two subs.
     
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    Home Cinema Choice has reviewed the MS909 in the current edition and they like it. I made some notes from their review here

    I heard the MS sub in action at the Bristol show this year and was very impressed even though the setting in a fairly large and crowded hotel room was far from ideal.
     
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    Thanks Ian

    I have to decide today, which to go for, the B&W 675 or the MS 909.
    I've heard the B&W (great) but I havent heard the MS 909, how does it compare, I dont mind spending the extra for the B&W, but will I be getting a better sub for the money.

    Cheers Gabs
     
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    In this case I cannot decide for you as it isn't a case that one is significantly better than the other.

    Personally I would go for the Mordaunt Short if only because it has the rudimentary room equalisation which may be useful to iron out any problems but please don't take my word for it but try and find somewhere that has one so that you can listen to it yourself.
     
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    Thanks Ian.

    I think I will go for the MS909, my denon 3805 arrives tomorrow, so once everything is set, I'll post back


    Kind Regards

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    If you manage to get hold of an MS909 please let me know. I asked so many places and nobody had one. In the end I went for the KEF PSW 2500, managed to get it for a bargain £239 as well!!! Would have loved to have gone for the MS909, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.

    I love the Mordaunt Short brand, great speakers, every other main speaker in my setup is a Mordaunt Short, and it would have been nice to finish it all off with one of their subs.
     
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    Hi Kazman

    Im getting mine from a local shop in cardiff, for £399 (bargin), but they havent any in stock, Ive been told 2 weeks, but you know what they say, Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who wait longer.
     
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    There is a fairly large consignment of maple and black 909's due in Europe shortly :). There are even (according to the stock computers I've seen) a couple of cherry ones still floating about in the system as well. I can assure you that we don't try and run out of the things but as we haven't made a £500 subwoofer up until now, it has proved harder to keep the stock consistent.
     
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    Tons of fun

    when you say shortly, really how long is that

    Kind regards

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    Your two week estimate is hopefully a conservative one. I shan't tempt fate by saying anything more than that :).
     
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    Would have loved to wait, but unfortunately none of the dealers I spoke to expected any in for a long while, and the Eltax Sub I had was really driving me up the wall with its boom and lack of definition.

    The KEF is a superb sub though, maybe not quite as good as the MS909W, but I certainly am not complaining at the bargain price I got it for.

    If I had a decent sub to fall back on until the MS909 was more readily available I would have waited, unfortunately, that wasn't the case :(
     

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