Sunfire HRS-10 or SVS SB-2000

Greetings once more. As a follow up to a previous thread about matching a subwoofer to my new Magnepan .7's, I have pretty much narrowed it down to the 2 above subs. I have to base my decisions on the advise here and what I read on the internet. Both of these subs get strong reviews and are in my budget. So, I ask for Audiogon brethren, what are your thoughts and experiences on these 2 subs? My priority is musical reproduction and not home theater bombast.

I have owned the SVS SB-1000 and it was an outstanding sub. SVS has free shipping and a 45 in home trial. SVS is a great company to deal with. I don’t think you would go wrong with the SVS!

if you can demo these potential subs- do so prior to any purchase.
Otherwise, Sunfire would be the better sub.
Sadly, I live too far from any potential audio stores, hence my reaching out to my fellow Audiogoners for advise. One vote for Sunfire.

The critical issue with any sub is the setup not the manufacturer. However, there are a few things that apply universally: how large is your room, how loud do you listen and how much bass is in the music you listen to. A bigger room or higher SPL requires a larger driver and larger box. There's no way getting around that. There is generally no downside to choosing a larger driver and box, except for cost and space, so that would be my recommendation.

I've owned the SVS SB12-Plus (, which is similar to the SB2000.

I've never owned a Sunfire. The independent sub measurements at AV Talk, which seem to be no longer online, showed every Sunfire sub to be a poor performer. That's not surprising, they are small driver in a small box subs. But, if your room is small or you don't listen loud, then it'd probably do fine.

Again, it's setup. Kinda like retail: location, location, location.


if you can consider a REL sub (would sonically match your Maggies) then this is up for another consideration. I have heard both Sunfire + REL on several occasions, several different systems/rooms and neither disappoints.

Thank you though I have read where REL is not what they used to be...
The Rythmik subs are gaining in popularity amongst planar owners, They are very "fast", the patented Direct Servo Feedback design keeping the cone under tight control. The space between notes is not filled in with inter-transient noise, and the cone returns to "rest" without over-shoot. The DSF circuit even compensates for the change in electrical characteristics that is found in all woofers as their voice coil temperature increases under heavy load. Rythmiks are characterized as sounding "leaner" than other subs, with none of their often thick, heavy-footed bloat.