Performance isn't there, and only 250 watts, not 500
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I really wanted to like this system. I've been trying to get strong low bass in a very acoustically-challenging room - open floor plan, cathedral ceiling over 14 ft high, and since it's our main living area, I couldn't allow/am not allowed to have the speakers dominate the aesthetics. The plan was to put 2 of these speakers in the sloped part of the cathedral ceiling - I have already run speaker wires up there, and made sure I could install these before I ordered them. Before cutting holes in the drywall, I set these up by the tv, looking like tower speakers. The bass was very uneven - it boomed at some frequencies, muddled along at others. The frequency response of 33 to 150 Hz is far too narrow and is not low enough to really feel; based on the various subs I have tried, I now won't consider subs that don't get down to at least 25 Hz, and preferably 20 Hz or lower. Sent them back, and am now happily running with 2 SVS PB1000's Based on the many subs I have tried in my home the past few months, from Definitive Technology (ProSub1000 and SuperCube 4000, Polk, and Cambridge Audio), SVS makes the best. I've tried their SB1000 and PB2000, loved them both, tried the SuperCube and Polk in-ceiling in an attempt to get bass sounding as good as the SVS subs but in a smaller form factor, but what it really comes down to, you can't fool physics. Dual subs cover this large room the best, the smaller sizes of the PB1000's, fit the room well, and the sound is phenomenal.
Pros: They don't take up floor or room space.
Cons: They do not sound good. Frequency response too limited, enclosures distort the sound. Stated amplifier power of 500 watts is at 4 ohms; owners manual says 250 watts at 8 ohms. Since this amp is paired with a 8 ohm speaker, it should not be listed as 500 watts by Crutchfield in the overview.Crutchfield response on 6/29/2016 Thanks for your review. We're sorry the system did not work out for you. Based on your recommendation, we have updated the presentation.