My first post in AudioCircle forums, but have been lurking around for a couple of weeks now.
(Apologies in advance, if this is not the correct thread for my post. Please move my thread or guide me where to post such a question.)Short post: Is it possible to audition these subwoofers somewhere nearby? I am in northern VA, Washington, DC's suburbs and am willing to drive an hour or even two.
Long version: I am very curious about these OB subwoofers. I recently moved and now my Magnepan 3.6r speakers are setup in a 20x13 living room with two large openings (5' and 6' to foyer and dining room respectively). Looking to augment the bass of the maggies, which is practically non existent in this living room
I know, it is too big and too many openings to pressurize easily. My kit is very old...the Maggies are fed by a couple of Bryston 200wpc monoblocks sitting behind the maggies. Balanced cables are connected to an old Anthem AVM 20 pre-pro with DSP bypassed. Meridian 588 CD player and Rega P3 turntable are the sources. I know, I know, I need a proper 2-channel pre-amp. This setup is only for 2 channel music. I have another room for movies. I have an old Velodyne sub (DD12 I think), which died right after we moved. The plate amp is dead. Looking to repair it, eventually.
Anyway, I have read through quite a lot about these OB subwoofers....but being a bass head, I worry about the OB design not having enough output. When I talk to box sub dealers and manufacturers, they all say OB design does not have low bass, it only has mid bass....which is kinda true of my maggies. So without actually hearing the OB design, it would be impossible for me to buy (and build) these OB subwoofers.
I am looking for a "fast" sub which has tight bass. I have looked at sealed box designs from REL, SVS and HSU. I have auditioned REL and SVS. I found SVS to be good for movies, but not particularly good for music on planar - magnetic speakers like my magnepans. I found it a little boomy. REL was good but was too expensive for a small, single sub. I am looking for a pair of subs this time.
What should I do?