Originally Posted by Jaredseahawks
Wow Better then a commercial HT! Now that's something I'm really looking forward to. Ok so help me understand something, the 3000 and 3600 both have 2 woofers, and both have 1700 watt ice amp. Why is the 3600 better? Another question: how would the 3600 look In a living room?
I wouldn't say the 3600 is any better than the 3000, they are just different. The 3600 is a ported sub while the 3000 is a sealed sub. The two types of subs behave a little differently depending on the room and what you are looking to achieve.
Talking to Jim at PSA he mentioned that the V3600 will compare better to the T-18 than the 3000. The T-18 will be able to extend a little deeper because of it's sealed design. But the V3600 will have more output throughout some of the range.
Generally speaking, if you have a moderately large room to large room then you should look at ported if you want proper output. "Why?" I'm glad you asked. It comes down to pressurizing the open space in your room. ** This includes all rooms that open up to the room you have your subs in, so if you can't close a door to close off a room then that space has to be factored in. Open space also means cubic feet, not square feet so ceiling height gets factored in as well**).
I have around 5700 cubic feet to pressurize, and that's if I remember to close all the doors. If I forget and leave the bathroom door open and the office door open I approach 7000 cubic feet. So in my case I choose to go ported because it takes fewer ported subs to pressurize a large space than it does sealed subs.
Generally speaking sealed subs work great in small to moderate rooms (like Brian's dedicated HT) where they can take advantage of room gain to boost the level of output. "Can you use sealed subs in a large space?" Good question. Yes you can but if you go that route you need to either buy a lot of smaller sealed subs or get a few sealed power houses like the T-18 (like Alan did for his large space).
The beauty of a good sealed sub is it digs really deep. I believe Brian and Alan have usable output into the single digits. The beauty of a good ported sub is it has the ability pressurize a large area with powerful bass.
What about sound quality you ask? A good ported sub will sound as good as a good sealed sub. BUT a bad ported sub will sound sloppy and muddy (for the most part) and that's why some people say a sealed sub is better for music. But it's not the type of sub it's the quality of the sub that matters and a good ported sub can actually do music just as well as a good sealed sub. Some argue this but it has been shown to be true in blind testing.
So your next question should be: "How do I know if I should get a ported sub or a sealed sub?" Measure the entire open area you need to pressurize in cubic feet. Decide how low you want to dig, how many subs you want to buy (also known as how much you want to spend), space where you can fit your sub(s), wife acceptance factor and how much output you want. Take note! Most people here can't get enough output and power so we may not be the best people to ask if you want a sane objective opinion on how much output is enough.
Hope this helps. If I made any mistakes someone will correct me.