Since I first purchased a PSA V1500 due to the persistent, insistent residents of the The Ultimate List of BASS in Movies w/ Frequency Charts
forum, I thought I'd put a word in about my beginning Love Story of PSA subs!
I was originally indoctrinated into the realm of Bass Addiction first and foremost by a fellow comrade on the Slickdeals forum wherein he was schooling me on capable, budget subwoofers. This led me to purchasing the Dayton Audio SUB-1200
on sale for $125 shipped. I was amazed, awed and enveloped in a bass realm heretofore unbeknownst to me (outside of the 2 sealed 10" JL Audio DVC subs in my Lexus). I was so impressed with them, I bought a second one shortly thereafter.
A couple of months down the road, I happened upon The Ultimate List of BASS in Movies w/ Frequency Charts
forum wherein I was coerced to rent, check-out and purchase movies with good LFE in them. Some time later I realized the best bass movie scenes noted by others just wasn't being experienced by me as such. I dismissed it, thinking that I just wasn't ready to commit to the higher dollar cost of audiophile subwoofers and kept trudging along with my Daytons that I was more than satisfied with.
Then... curiosity got the best of me as I was at first heavily encouraged to DIY my own subs. After an adamant refusal from myself, many members then directed me to the ID sub manufacturers to which I greedily read about as much as I could. After comparing and recomparing reviews, write-ups and member feedback, I finally settled on the V1500 which Tom kindly offered prompt and courteous e-mail support and guidance. After suffering a horrendous FedEx doortag visit when I was actually home but they didn't knock or ring the doorbell on a Friday for which I took the day off from work, I finally got them to deliver it that Saturday, after much frustration, argumentation and complaint.
I was stupefied and thrilled with the aural awesomeness and sheer power of the V1500 as I had never heard such force in my home theater before. My house reeled and ached from the waves and pulsations of bass from such hard hitting monsters as The Incredible Hulk, Tron Legacy, 9, War Of The Worlds, Deepwater Horizon, Pulse, 13 Hours, Hacksaw Ridge, Mad Max: Fury Road
and many more. But it wasn't until I listed to the very beginning of Edge Of Tomorrow
that I wondered how those 5 different ULF bursts would sound on a sealed sub!
I tried to dismiss my curiosity to experience the same power with a sealed sub, but it wouldn't last for long. So I scoured these forums for comparisons on the V1500 with other sealed subs and I came upon 2 or 3 different threads that pitted it against the S3000i. In all instances, the reviewers preferred the sound signature and sheer pressurized punch of the S3000i. "That's it!", I resolved. I just had to experience it for myself!
So I first contacted Tom about how I would, if I could, match the V1500 with the S3000i and Tom echoed what pretty much everyone on these forums know... NOT A GOOD IDEA! So I asked him if I could compare them and he let me know as long as I realize I'd be responsible for the return shipping on either of them, which is north of $100. I didn't care, it was worth the Home Trial alone for me!
As soon as the S3000i came from FedEx, which I was ready for, I eagerly and swiftly set it up... and WOW!!! The first thing I listened to was the very beginning of Edge Of Tomorrow
and... it's like I never heard it before!!! THIS is how it SHOULD sound!!! I was in love instantly! The precise, pressurization of the bass notes entertained me as if the sub was an instrument in and of itself! My couch rattled like I had Buttkickers attached to them!
I remember distinctly playing Jupiter Ascending
with the V1500 and it was nice. But then I watched it with the S3000i... Oh My Goodness!!! There were effects I was hearing for the first time!!! That's it, I resolved... this badboy is mine! The V1500 is going back!!! And I am eventually getting another S3000i.
Thank you for reading my long arse novel!