I have no experience with the SVS but I think it is more of a home theatre sub. I have the BW ASW750 and I am not overly impressed with it. I use it in my 5 channel HT system and it works fine with the bass management in my processor. I have tried with a 2 channel set up and it was hard to get dialed in as the newer subs now have built in digital bass management and other setup options. I think there are a lot of REL fans for 2 channel. I will let others jump in.
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Not familiar with SVS subs...however my experience with B&W subs has been very positive....and this model was designed to match with Nautilus level speakers...so if you are looking for a "musical" sub look no further...remember...dealers typically take %25-%33
on trades or consignment pieces...might be some wiggle room...
No experience with B&W subs, but SVS builds high value subwoofers. The sealed version you are considering will make a fine addition to a music system.
But, regardless of the particular sub, the more critical issue is how it'll be connected and what main speakers it'll be used with.
From the spec sheet, the B&W sub is front ported. So in theory the SVS sub could be more "musical" due to less group delay. Both subs provide high pass filters, which is a plus. The B&W is substantially heavier. Tough call.
Can the B&W still be serviced? What warranty?
Thanks, Bob. Not sure about the B&W unit. It's also 20 years old, which really concerns me. I think I'm going to play it safe and stick with the SVS, all things considered. I've never heard a bad word about them, and it seems like the better choice for now.
I can't thank you guys enough for the input. This stuff is confusing to a newbie, like me. Thanks!
SVS makes a broad line of subs in three configurations for different applications--sealed box optimized for music, ported box for music or HT, and ported corner cylinder for maximum bass extension and output. The SB-1000 under discussion is a compact sealed sub designed for music first.
To the OP: self-powered subs have come a long way in the last 10 years, let alone the last 20, and any SVS product is about as risk-free as it gets. They offer free shipping, allow a 45-day evaluation period to try out the product, and also pay for return shipping should you decide not to keep it.