On that note, remember that the pearl
export is the same manufacture as the pearl
forum just with slightly better hardware and finishes. If you wanted to save cash, get the forum and it'll still sound exactly the same.
Those are good kits though, from experience. Poplar wood sounds more like maple or birch. When you're looking into the basswood sounds like rockstar, you're going to get a very deep thud sound, but when you're ready to tune them well and want them to really perform, you won't get much else out of them.
You can hear my poplar export in action at my band sight below