Anybody here have experience with this sub?
I just got one Friday, 5/7/2010, and I'm not impressed. First of all, I've been using Polk speakers since 2004. I have the RTi 6's for front mains, RTi 4's for surrounds, a CSi 5 and my sub is an SVS PB10-ISD...remember those? Well, a couple of months ago I thought I'd try some towers, so I bought a pair of RTi 12's for $800.00. A good deal? Yes, but these things are monsters!! Initially, I was going to try to eliminate a sub altogether. I played with different configurations and adjustments until I concluded that the sonic improvements weren't noticable enough to justify their enormity, so they're sittin' idle in my spare bedroom now. I reverted back to my previous sub/sat setup and figured I'd upgrade my sub instead. Needless to say, I bought a DSW MicroPRO 4000. I picked it up at my local UPS terminal Friday. It was in a ragged out box, but there is not a scratch on the sub, so that's a plus. I get home and set it in the same place where my SVS was previously sitting and fired it up. I ran the auto calibration and then let my Onkyo TX-SR 707 adjust the levels through Audessey. First of all, Audessey set the distance at 30 feet, the sub sits 10.5 feet away and that's always where it accurately recognized my SVS. I made the corrections manually and rolled with it. I knew after spending that many years with my SVS that I could expect the 4000 to sound different and boy, did it!! The bass was so prominent, bloated and just downright boomy. I certainly didin't expect that, but the weekend was young and I was determined to get this thing dialed in and singing along seamlessly with the rest of my rig.
By Saturday evening I was becoming increasingly more pleased with it until I gave my Iron Man on Blu ray a spin. The opening scene shook me all night long with the AC/DC intro leading up to the bombastic explosions targeted at Tony Stark's Humvee motorcade. I was thinkin' yeah this thing rocks!! And then it happened...the scene where Tony dons his prototype steel suit to make his escape. It occurred during the thunderous footstomps as he was walking out of the cave where he was held captive. I played this passage over several times and couldn't believe what I was hearing. The cone began to exhibit audible distress and distortion. Now mind you, this thing is set well below half volume, it's crossed over at 80Hz, it's phased in correctly and I was playing the movie at -10db. My reference level is set to 0, so I know I wasn't overdriving it. It simply could not handle this passage where my SVS performed flawlessly. This was my turning point...it's gotta go! I hooked my SVS back up and haven't decided what to do with this brand new air moving end table now! Once I part with those, I can focus on giving my system a worthy sub...I'm thinkin' an HSU ULS-15. Please gimme some feedback!
Thanx to all who reply!