After a few years of holding out, I finally got a real sub for my home theater in a two-year-old home addition: One XS15se.
What have I learned so far? I’d like a second sub!
Alas, it might not be possible given constraints imposed by my wife and our room. I might be able to stack a second XS15 right next to the first one, but it wouldn’t look good. Or I could eventually move the XS15 to my secondary HT and buy an XS30SE.
Do I need to? Probably not. After one week of listening, I am very pleased with the XS15se. Ran MultiEQ XT32 and did a subcrawl. Nothing seems out of sorts, though I will eventually run REW.
All the attributes one would expect are present to my ears. The sub sounds great with music – my main use. Tight, fast, articulate with jazz, classical, rock and so on. My fairly large room seems pressurized and the sub is hitting low notes I previously hadn’t heard.
What really struck me is how much the sub helps the rest of my system. Raising my main inwall and in-ceiling speakers to an 80 hz crossover seems to have taken a load off them. They sound clearer in the midrange and I get a greater sense of spaciousness.
I had long intended to buy a Rythmik E15HP until very recently. But I did want a down-firing sub and Jim Wilson’s review suggested PSA significantly improved some aspects of the XS15 over its predecessor. Seemed like the best value in sub-land available.
And then there’s Tom V. He offered his usual great customer service and that sealed the deal. I bought a PCi39 from SVS in the early days and had it custom tuned. So I knew I could rely on PSA.
I probably could have gone with the XS30, but it’s just so damn big and wouldn’t look quite as nice. Yet the XS15 looks much nicer in person than in the photos and I suspect the same is true of its larger cousin. There might be one in my future ...