Cult Classic Movie Buff Gets Sonic Jolt Speaker and Subwoofer Upgrade

Rob in Moraine, Ohio

Cult classic movie buff and IPA Drinker Rob from our home state of Ohio, has a penchant for big bass movie moments and immersive surround sound. When expanding his home theater system, he loved the effortless output and slam of ported subwoofers but knew his room presented challenges. The answer? Going dual of course, and now his potent pair of PB-2000 subwoofers are the source of many delightful chest-thumping moments. Add in a pair of perfectly blended SVS Prime Satellite Speakers for L/R side surrounds, and Rob’s system has never sounded better.

The Setup:

  • Polk Audio CSI 40 for Rear Surrounds
  • Denon AVR-X4000

Questions And Answers:

When did you first get into high performance audio? Any specific reason(s) why?

I started getting into higher performance home theater listening around 1996 when we bought our first home. By higher performance I mean listening to multi speaker setups rather than stereo. I am more of a movie viewer than someone who does critical music listening. My first sub I ever purchased was a Cambridge Soundworks which was teamed with Polk speakers in 5.1 configuration and a Sony receiver :).

Why did you decide to go with dual subwoofers? Any specific reason you chose PB-2000s?

I decided to go dual subs (Believe you me, one PB-2000 rocked my listening space!) to round out the sound in different parts of the room. Our main listening area is one couch and the two subs kept a consistent hard hitting sound in all the seating positions.

I went with the PB-2000s as I am big into the big sound of ported subwoofer designs and I also researched other subs by reading a ton of reviews. The Sound and Vision magazine review of both the PB and SB-2000 subwoofers sealed (no pun intended) the deal for me. I will also say that the SVS customer support reviews were second to none when looking at multiple sources. Being an Ohio company certainly did not hurt either.

How are the Prime Satellites blending with the Polk speakers?

The Prime's sound quite good blending in with the other speakers. Using my Denon AVR-X4000 Audyssey MultEQ XT32 calibration seems to have tweaked the sound nicely. In the past I have calibrated by ear but Audyssey did a good job though I obviously adjusted some of speaker settings I did not agree with. It helps that I am not too critical in my listening, especially for the surrounds that I require perfect timbre matching. Overall, the surround effects added by the SVS satellite speakers just makes me smile when I view movies and find myself reacting to effects from all around the room. Everything just complements each other perfectly and it’s been a real treat for my family and my friends when movie night rolls around.

What impact have the subwoofers and satellites had on the overall performance of your system?

When it comes to particular movies that hit me hard (and lovingly) with the subs: I would go with the opening scenes of Dead Pool was a tour de force. The most recent Godzilla, Mad Max Fury Road, The Expendables and Captain America Winter Soldier rounds out my recent memory movie thoughts. Even watching some of the cult classics I enjoy, like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, had some great subwoofer moments that really gave a sonic jolt and brought a new dimension to these I hadn’t felt before.

Why is having a home theater important to you?

Home theater is very important to me as it is great for family and friends, plus there are many movies I rather enjoy watching at home rather than going to the movie theater. I still go to the theater for the big budget movies at times but I like the home environment very much. Especially when IPAs are served at home, not at my local theater :)

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Apr 11, 2024