I'm joining the PSA family in a few days it seems -- I just clicked buy on an XS15se.
I've chosen this sub because of its good reputation of course but also because of several stringent criteria. The sub will be used in a secondary setup that doubles as a kid's playroom. Thus, the sub must be sealed or else there will
be toys or worse stuffed inside the port. The sub must be small enough to fit under a table (which itself is pushed into a room corner). Having a down-firing sub is a huge plus compared to grilles as my younger kid will
want to play with any stuff he can access. The finish on the sub seems durable and in a pinch I figured the sub could even be used as a small bench for a kid.
Ah also, I'm Canadian. This traditionally means going with SVS because of their Canadian distributor (though they announced today that you can now order on SVS's own website, and all the SVS bill of right perks including free shipping now applies to most Canadians, so you've got to give them the credit they deserve). But SVS's downfiring subs are their cylinders, which obviously won't fit under a table. On top of that I must say that ordering with PSA was much smoother than expected. PSA charges both GST/HST and provincial tax if any, so that hurts a bit (SVS's distributor in Ontario didn't charge tax for my province). Shipping to Canada isn't free though, but it did come out quite cheap -- as cheap as getting a sub from SVS's distributor in Canada as far as I can tell, so PSA seems to charge only for the part of the route beginning at the US-Canada border, or something similar. There's no custom brokerage fee.
So while US customers still have the best deal, I'm please to report that getting a PSA sub up here was a breeze so far (I'll report back when I actually get it).
For interested Canadian customers, here's a fee breakdown:
Shipping to Quebec City: $71 (that's less than the price of gas to go to the border and back)
Taxes (GST + QST): $130.28
That's in US dollars of course, so that should be around CAD 1100. In terms of comparison, this is somewhere between what an SVS PB/SB-2000 and an SVS PC12-Plus would cost me, so I think it's a pretty fair deal.
Anyhow I'm eager to test it!