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Hello,

I am looking for a new subwoofer for our home theater. It is an L-shaped open area in the basement of about 3,900 cubic feet. The other speakers are Paradigm Monitor 9 towers, Monitor 3 center, and Surround 1 surrounds along with 2 Triad OmniRound8's in the bar and two RBH VA815's in the game area. It is used about 75% for movies and TV and 25% for music. Right now I am using an old Precision Acoustics HDS10 (long story).

My budget is about $750 Canadian which makes it challenging to find good quality. Exchange, shipping, and duties make it difficult to take advantage of any US deals.

The SVS PB-1000 is $710 shipped from a Canadian dealer but I have also found a used Hsu ULS-15 MK1 for $750 (note it is the MK1 not the MK2) from a local retailer. I am not sure which would be better for movies and TV. They seem pretty similar but I NOTICED that Sound and Vision rated the PB-1000 at 110.6 dB at 20 Hz while Hsu lists the ULS-15 as only 106.7. My understanding from my research is that the low end is what's needed for movies so would it be better to go with the PB-1000?

What would the expert recommendation be?

Thanks in advance!

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3900 ft^3 is too large for a single PB-1000 I'm afraid. You might be OK with one PB-2000, but anything smaller will just get swallowed up by the room. Your situation almost requires a ported subwoofer - as they are known for higher output levels - so the ULS is probably not a good choice in this case. Not a single, anyway.
 

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http://stereointegrity.com/product/ht18-v2-subwoofer

(2) 18in subs 160.00 each $320.00
Crown XLS 1502 Drive Core Amp $399.00
(2) 4.0 cu.ft. cabinets $375.00

just cutout baffles and assemble boxes / paint

2 great 18in subs for about $1000
Thanks, but it's 135.41 USD to ship one of those subs and 201.97 USD to ship two and it's 110 USD to ship the amp. After foreign exchange your example becomes $1,700 Canadian. That's assuming I can get the cabinets for $375 Canadian including 13% sales taxes. And then there's the time and labor costs. Being in Canada makes things much more difficult.

I think I am going to go with a single SVS PB-1000 now and then save up to add a second PB-1000 in 1-3 years.

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