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Which Subwoofer: REL, Velodyne, Servo 15?

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by Comical2, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. Comical2

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    It's to compliment Arcam DV79 & AVR300, Monitior Radius: 2x 270, 1x 225, 2x R90's.
    Play CD's DVD/Music DVD's. Tried looking back on some others and these are pretty much the boys for the £500 - £650 bracket.

    Other thing possible to note: Room is rectangular. est. 25' long.

    oh....and the best deals? ;)
    Cheers! :thumbsup:
    Gregg
     
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    SVS :)
     
  3. Jack the lad

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    Ditto ;)

    Sounds awesome :thumbsup:
     
  4. Jack the lad

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    Have a look in the classifieds. They do come up occasionally :)


    PS You can only buy them direct so no offers around.
     
  5. Comical2

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    Simple as that then, SVS Model?

    Is this a common-popular belief/fact then?

    Cheers mate

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  6. Jack the lad

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    Fact :rotfl:

    Done REL and the SVS litarally blows them away :)
     
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    Don't listen to them. SVS are awful subs :D

    Have a look here
     
  8. Jack the lad

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    It was your bloody idea I got mine. Nearly cost me my marraige :rotfl:

    Did not know they are available from a stockist :thumbsup:
     
  9. Nic Rhodes

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    which REL and Velodyne are you talking about, you quote two makes (both with huge ranges) and one specific sub
     
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    I don't honestly think you can buy a sub for £5-600 new that touches the Servo 15 especially in that big a room.
    Just my view of course.
     
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    Servo-15 ;)
     
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    :boring:
     
  13. Ian J

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    Like jackdaws prior to buying my SVS I had a REL QBass followed by a mark one Storm then a mark three Storm and my current sub is leagues ahead of any of the REL's I have owned.

    I'm sorry that you find it so boring but I would suggest that you try listening to one rather than just burying your head in the sand.
     
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    niceguy - have u actually heard an SVS sub ? because saying someone is boring just because they recommend a certain brand is not helping the original poster and question in hand :suicide:
     
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    Hi folks,

    Sorry for the sarcasm.

    I do have to say, as the days go by and i read the posts about how great they are, i am seriously considering one, but, the trouble is, i want to hear one first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The thing i like about the REL's is that they are easy to position, a breeze to set up, remote control, memory settings etc etc. which the svs dont seem to have!

    anyone know of any on the south coast i can audition?

    As, i said, all the posts hear are very positive about them so maybe its time i shut up and listened and gave something else a chance.

    Regards
     
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    Well said :)

    How about a Storm 5? :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
  17. Jack the lad

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    :rolleyes:
    Thought the same......didnt believe........ heard.......learnt.........now skint :D
     
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    ok, if you at least wanna audition a sub before u buy, 7oaks do the Strata 5 for about £625 atm, and im sure they will chuck on a cable if you ask nicely...

    its a good sub, i have one, i've used it in a room bigger than yours and smaller, it gives a nice decent bass sound, musical as well as some thump, it has a remote which is actually rather handy at times, its easy for placement, altho its worth fine tuning the placement to get the most out of it......

    its possible other subs can beat it for the price, thats why its best to try others.....but if you cant try them, then for all you know you might buy and not like it....if you can afford to do this like a lot of the people who took the plunge then go for it....if you cant, then i suggest you listen to them in the shops first, and see what tickles your fancy, even if its possible you coulda done better, at least if what you buy from a demo makes you happy then you havnt exactly been done out of anything have you?
     
  19. Nic Rhodes

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    How come RELs are any different to position than any other sub?

    Set up, RELs have loads of connectors / filters on their latest ST 3 range. But the majority of users use a digital filteing nowdays which means a single connection at low level to the sub.

    Remote control. Fine for the 10 minutes to set the sub up, sits in the draw for the remaining 10 years.

    Memory settings, why?

    SVSs aren't pefect, no subs are, but I don't see any of these as downers.

    Servo15s and SVS will be amazing subs for the money. I use the former. I am still a REL owner and as Ian J has said my Stentor is outclassed by the SVSs and in particular my Servo15.
     
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    Another vote for the Servo-15 from me. :)
     
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    Wot he said. I wouldn't have one in the house. :blush:
     
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    Thank you thank you.....almost cozed a wee ficht there! :lesson:

    Ok, I hear the the Servo 15 is great for a big room, which mine is, (well long really and very difficult to set up in).

    The Strata 5 (black for £550 or Veneer £625, this extra for anistethic difference only!?)

    OR the SVS, still not sure which model. :lease:

    Anyway thanks you all for your contribution, cheering up an otherwise dull wet day in Aberdeen!
    PS - Come on Scotland - 2-0 :smashin:

    Gregg
     
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    I phoned a couple of 7oaks yesterday & found that the Strata 5 was £699 for brittex black & £799 for wood veneer.

    In regards to the veneer. I've been told it is veneered on inside also (don't know if this is true) & that it makes a difference to sound (don't know if this is true either?).

    T.
     
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    From an SVS point it depends on how loudly you will be playing your films. The three models available in the UK are detailed in the Power Buy thread. The PB-10 at £420 will satisfy most people in terms of depth and volume and is an exceptional sub for the money ( I used to own one) whilst the PB-12 Plus at £799 is admittedly over your budget but is ideal for people that like to fill larger rooms with high quality deep and loud bass.

    The Paradigm Servo 15 is a highly regarded sub that ceased being imported a couple of years ago and will only be available out of warranty on the second hand market. They have fairly complex servo feedback mechanisms that may or may not last the course and whilst most people speak highly of their performance, their reliability and longevity may be an issue.
     
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    Because they are.


    So thats another piece of equipment. no thanks. Plus the fact most av amps dont output from the sub in direct mode, so the high level connection is the best for 2 channel audio AND for reinforcing the front L & R in 5.1.

    Because nearly all films have varying amount of signal sent to the LFE channel which some users may want more or less, so you can tweak without having to get up and down everytime you want to adjust....Makes sense really.

    Obvious really. With a sub set up for LFE and front L & R, when using 2 channel source material eg CD, you can have a different setting for that as 5.1 low end is again different..blah blah blah.


    Agreed


    I would love to try out an SVS in my setup but i cant. It doesnt have the features which the REL has and i find them extremely useful. If other subs had similar features then i would try them without fail, but they dont.

    SVS's are just too much money for me to go and buy without trying it first.
    If i purchased one from av sales and i didnt like it, would i be able to return it for a refund? I doubt it.

    Thats my opinion anyways, which most of you im sure, will not agree with.

    Such is life.
     
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    hmm..their website, which they have updated since they took off the Summer Sale part still says £625 for the Strata 5 in black.......and if i remember right the sign in the branch i go to on top of the sub still said £625 the other day when i picked up my component cable.......mebbe they just trying to fob you off.....did u tell them you'd seen it cheaper on their website? or just ask for the price?

    anyhow, i paid £700 for mine when i bought it, i got no complaints :)

    (i am actually contemplating getting a 2nd one to stereo them...heh....wont be for a while, but i always keep my eye on price)
     
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    ahh, on their hot products they still have the stampede, the quake and the strata at the cheaper price, but on the normal product list they have the full prices....

    now the 3805 is still at £800, but that was only knocked down by £50 according to that summer sale special page they had up for a while, yet on their normal product page its showing at the original £1,000 release price.....hmmmm...they need to tidy up their site...lol

    however far as im concerned, the Hot products page should be considered the most likely to be up to date because its for current offers.....so i'd phone them up and argue the toss....im looking for a disclaimer on the website that says these prices may not apply when you phone up/go in to the store....if there is one then its tuff on us, if there isnt one, then you can claim the price they advertised as....no disclaimer = tuff on them....
     
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    Go DIY and you can ;) but on the other hand I doubt anything "ready-made" for £5-600 can beat a Servo 15 :).
     
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    Niceguy.

    If it does what you want stick with it i'd say.
    There's nothing so nice as being satisfied with your purchase.
    I would say the Servo is bettered by marginal (real world) amounts at best by the SVS pb12ultras upwards, which is £1200+! However if you require functionality and variable controlability then it is no more suited to you than an SVS, B+W, Velo' et' all.
     
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    Its got to be a Servo 15! I've heard a few REL models (the "ST" range not the "Q" range) but just couldn't hear what all the hype was about. To me they lacked the sheer weight and room filling ability of my old PS1000, never mind the Servo 15. However, I did find them quite musical; they timed very accurately and were tonally precise.
    In my opinion, the Paradigm will suit your room and needs much better. It is also very musical and precise due to it's Servo mechanism. If the first time you hear one unleashed doesn't make you smile, check you have a pulse!!!
    If you can stretch your budget to an SVS, great! I haven't heard any SVSs, but the fact that I've never heard one criticised at all gives you great expectations!
    Good luck in your final decision!
     

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