Originally Posted by Mike Butny
I like to officially welcome you to the sealed side. Can you give us a detailed review of both? Did they sound the same with music and movies? What seperated them besides output? Could you tell the difference between sealed and ported? I think this type of review would be a great read and would be very useful for future PSA customers.
Detailed? No lol.Layman's terms , possibly.
First thing I guess would be room size.I'm roughly 30x30x8 (maybe a little less) on concrete slab , open concept , but im tucked in a 12x30 corner that is flanked by a fireplace. Whether that helps or not , I am not sure but I think both the V18 and S36 could fill the whole room even if placed in the center they are both that good.
I had the V18's in my original 17x17 room and they filled it nicely and with ease. The TR just made the couches buzz like crazy! When we remodeled , the new layout almost doubled the room size along with opening everything up , which I thought would stress the V18's out as I had seen in an extremely large area at a GTG. Nope! They handled it well and I shouldnt have even thought about adding anything new , but to spite my GF about a pool table disagreement , I ordered a pair of V36's after too many lunch beers one Friday.
When I sobered up and gathered the courage to show her what I ordered , she about freaked out because of the overall dimensions and brought up a really valid point "DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU NEED MORE?" Which even in my head I knew I didnt , but I thought "I dont need more , but could I get better?" Spoke to Tom and a week later the S36's arrived.
Size difference wasnt a whole lot different from the V18 , just a bit deeper and heavier. At first I didnt see too many differences in sound from 1 V18 compared to 1 S36 both hooked up and alternating power , a real half-assed way of comparing but thats kinda my MO. I hooked up both S36's and still didnt see a whole lot of difference , at least not $1500 worth of difference. As I have come to learn , my AVR is a bit quirky and likes to test my patience.
Fast forward a day , and a new attitude by my AVR , I was given full power of the S36's and could immediately tell a difference! I listen to a variety of music , mainly hanging out in the electronic and hip-hop genre's and jumping in and out of everything else. There are a couple songs that I am pretty familiar with that I like to jump to that give me an idea of whats going on.
One is a song "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean "I dont F with you" along with a variety of others. The biggest thing I noticed between the 2 was pretty much the volume of the sub. The midbass on the V18 is strong and it is definitely louder to the point that I think the neighbors across the street could "Hear" it. The S36's just have a much deeper almost darker tone to them , like impending doom , that you dont so much hear but just feel. I think the neighbors could probably feel them. They provide a pressure bubble in the room to the point that it feels like you could pop it with a needle.
I think that is one thing that appeals more to me than loud mid-bass , is the air-sucking pressure. My dad commented to my mom when he left that he thought his heart rhythm changed after hearing a couple demos lol. With the strong mid-bass of the V series , I pictured myself being thrown across the room like Marty McFly , just in your face bass!! The S36's leave you in your place and seem to suck the walls in and out around you. Maybe the V36's do to , I dont know and dont want to know lol!!
The TR between the 2 is different , at least from what I can tell at the moment. I mentioned the buzzing of the couch earlier in my smaller room and I still do get that a bit from the V18's in our larger area. The S36's dont give off as much buzz but more like rolling waves. Quite scary if you live in an earthquake prone area as I experienced last night! The V18's may be able to replicate that sensation , I just dont know if they would be able to with that amount of authority! As it seems at the moment , the V18's give alot of ripples and S36's give fewer ripples with bigger waves.
Overall , the S36's just blew me away with their endless headroom and deep extension and most of all clarity! I dont think I was even close to the limits of the V18's , but I dont know if they could get that deep low pressurization that I think I was really looking for. In my opinion the S36's just give me an all around better fuller sound. They can definitely fill a large room and give a ported sub a run for its money. Granted its going to take more money and subs for a sealed to keep up so there always that trade off. But for the sake of this comparison 2 V1801's vs 2 S36's , Im taking the S36's!