I looked in at a US forum recently (not AVS) and they were discussing budget subwoofers. Someone was asking which of four was the best for $200 and I had never heard of any of them. I did a little investigating (I asked Eric) and he told me that two of the four had quite a good reputation, unlike the budget boom boxes available over here.Originally posted by Apocalypse
The UK's magazines/journalists seem to be very ignorant to what's big in the US when it comes to subwoofers,
Velodyne and Paradigm ( not SVS ) may be talked about a lot here but that is because they have a very limited but enthusiastic following amongst forum members. I don't know how many HGS owners there are but it may be 10 to 12. Probably the same number of Servo 15 owners but I know of only two people that own SVS.Originally posted by Steve Bate
Interesting isn't it that the 3 sub manufacturers that are talked about about in significant detail here now are Velodyne, Paradigm and SVS.
Sessen Ryu, Bone Daddy and me, maybe a couple others.Originally posted by Ian J
Velodyne and Paradigm ( not SVS ) may be talked about a lot here but that is because they have a very limited but enthusiastic following amongst forum members. I don't know how many HGS owners there are but it may be 10 to 12. Probably the same number of Servo 15 owners but I know of only two people that own SVS.
Valid points Ian J, I suppose what I really meant to say was if peeps in the UK could get them direct without having to pay import duty etc and have a warranty site in the UK (like peeps in the US currently have)Originally posted by Ian J
The problem with Apocalypse's suggestion of SVS having a UK supplier is that they keep their prices down by dealing directly with the public. As well as having to pay import duties, freight and Vat, if they used a UK distributor it would completely negate the price advantage that they have over companies like Velodyne as one would have to factor in their overhead and profit as well.
Too right.We should take a leaf out of our US cousins book when it comes to purchasing AV, they demand quality, value and service, over here we seem to want to sacrifice the value to get good quality and service
As Steve said - they sort out the voltage - just plug in and goI have frequently looked at SVS web site and been sorely tempted but apart from having to use voltage transformers I would be worried about the cost and time involved if it needed a repair under warranty so I always take the easy option and buy Welsh.
SVS are downfiring, stable (bottom heavy) and well protected (it's hard to even see the driver, let alone touch it).I wouldn't mind betting that many more members actually own a REL though and quite a few are very happy with them for a variety of reasons. The three that you mentioned are all large whereas many do not have room for such a beast or in my case do not want a front firing sub as they don't mix well with young kids.
Cheers but no thanks. Friend of mine bought one of these rubbish bins from HSU who were later copied by SVS, same rubbish. The whole caboodle is a 70 dollar bodge up job. Thin cardboard like mdf to make up the cylinder, chinese amp on a piece of chipboard finished off by an equally crappy cone. My mate said he's chucked it in the bin since. Dam thing fell apart. I wouldn't go near any of these dustbins. All this balony about direct to the public at first appears like good value. If they are cutting out everyone, we should be getting Merc quality. We're not! Its all a big con.
Excuse me but little REL's, crappy Sunfires and dare I say even more crappy Bostons are hardly great subs.Originally posted by Noman
The SVS Sub I baught from these "big con.
Cheapo back street operators" gives me a better value and better overall performance then my REL, my Sunfire and my Boston Acoustics Subs baught on "High-street".