I wanted to share my experience with PSA.
I have been following this thread for almost a year now. I have actually read this thread in its entirety, tons of good stuff. I have read many amazing claims. Last year when I was in the early stages of planning out my new home theater I checked out the PSA website. Well every time you go on there an invite to chat pops up. Honestly at first I thought it was annoying, until I actually tried it. Well the owner of PSA will directly chat with you. He was extremely helpful and never pushed any products. I chatted with him several times asking questions about quantity of subs and sub placements. He took his time with me, even knowing my build is over a year out. At one point, and this really shocked me, he suggested I only use two subs vs four in my room. What retailer will tell you to buy less of their products? So time went on, I was set on giving PSA a try when I build my theater.
I purchased my new house 3 month ago. I had planned all along for my living room stereo system a very simple but powerful stereo. I had an older eD (Elemental Designs) DIY kit that I bought from them and built with twin 13” drivers and 1,400 watts of power. Sound’s impressive and in a smaller to mid size room it put out pounding bass. Well from day one that I hooked it up in my new extremely large and open living room, the bass was just not at all what I wanted. Not in quality or quantity, so I started to chat with Tom at PSA. I sent him pictures, room dimension, and explained what I was looking for and expecting. Because of the size of the room and the levels I want to hit, he did suggest I go with a TWO of his dual 15” sealed subs. Well four 15” subs sounded good, but because of budget and because I thought that dual 15” vrs the dual 13” I had would truly be enough for me, I ordered two S1500.
Again Tom spent quality time with me during the order process, cut me a small discount, but mainly made me feel confident that no matter what it, would be a fun and pleasurable experience buying and trying PSA sub’s. I could return it with no questions if I was not blown away. So super cool. Oh one thing he did suggest I buy, was the Anti-Mode Dual Core 2.0. Mainly because of my very simple set-up the Anti-mode would offer some very good features into my set-up. Before I ordered, I did a good bit of research and came to the same conclusion, anti-mode was be a worthy addition. So I purchased it at the same time as my two S1500.
Well about 7 weeks ago my S1500 came in. First off construction was solid. Big black box with very simple and easy to use controls, just as a sub should be. Immediately from the first couple of songs, I knew this was going to be a big upgrade from my eD sub. The sound was super smooth, clean, tight, and the room was filled with bass. I was thrilled. I live In a 2004 single family home in south Florida built to tight hurricane codes. My neighbors are about 15” on each side of me. My only concern was since I just bought, I don’t wish to bother them. So after a couple of days on enjoying the sub, I did some testing at like 90% and 95% of max volume. Wow it was a night club in there. Just fun pounding bass. My daughter thought I was crazy. So I played around and tested for over an hour at crazy levels and then went to talk with the neighbors, could they hear it? The answer I got was zero-to barley so go have fun, wohoo!
Well weeks went by. I knew I had 30 days to try the subs out, and I did. I played all kinds of music at all kinds of levels, the subs always sounded great. Not once did they ever bottom out or distort in any way. I did talk to Tom at one point after knowing that I would not be bothering my neighbors. Since I’m only playing music (not 10hz test tones) in there he suggested I turn the gain to max and push them, he told me and I quote “Don't take it as a challenge but our products are more/less bulletproof..
” Well I did. I now had system I could crank to almost max volume with super clean sound, never blow it up and never distort. This was very impressive.
Well now I was at like day 28, but something was bothering me all along. Tom had originally suggested that four 15” drivers in a room of my size would sound amazing. I also knew that after asking my neighbors several times if they heard my stereo the answer was always no. I also noticed something with my two S1500, when I play rock, jazz, or pop music the bass was perfect. Now when I played heavy bass hip-hop at 90% volume it just pounded, but as soon as I raised it to 95% volume the bass would cut back, hmm the subs were going into a self-protect mode. I really could not blow them. This is good, but that meant to me that, well that’s it, that’s MAX volume and I can never get more. For a night of a crazy teen club party or a silly drunken night I could never get truly “stupid” night club level bass. That bugged me, so I chatted with Tom again.
Well I chatted with Tom and looked at all the choices on the website and it came down to ordering two S3000i subs. Tom even let me keep using my S1500 past my 30 days while my S3000i would ship (yes I had to pay for the S3000i entirely, at a small discount). Well that evening I was looking at my living room, going I have two big black boxes in their now and soon enough I will have two even larger black boxes in there. What women would like this down the road (yes I’m single now, but don’t wish to be forever). So I looked into getting a premium wood finish and choose Espresso to match some of the other new furniture I had. I treated the upgrade charge as buying a piece of furniture for my living room. The bad part was the wood finish would add an additional two weeks of lead time. Its ok I have plenty to do around a new home and more time to play with the S1500’s.
Well yesterday, finally the new S3000i subs came in. The finish is just amazing. They look like beautiful furniture grade equipment. I always thought people who paid for expensive wood finishes were crazy and just wasting money, but not anymore. I understand. In an open living room the finish makes a huge difference. It blends in more and looks classy. But how do they sound? From the first song I knew I made the right choice. What another huge upgrade I made. Tom, being a bit conservative, told me I would only notice a difference at the higher limits where the S1500 would run out of steam, no not so. I can hear a huge upgrade across the board at diff volume levels. There is now just a great bass presence. Not over whelming but just a smooth unstressed or pushed bass. Hard to explain. One thing I immediately noticed I cannot truly assume to crank this to 95% volume and the neighbors won’t hear it. This now can get to crazy levels. I honestly have not maxed it out. Here soon I will and I’ll post back. But people always say adding double the power or drivers will only give you some more DB, they say from 3-6 db. On paper that just does not sound like much, but in reality doubling your bass does make a huge difference, at least it did for me in such a large room. Last note, I ran the S1500 at max gain. I started off the S3000i at max gain, but eventually to even the bass level a bit I lowered. You can see my settings in the picture.
Well I just wanted to share my story and excitement with you all. Oh so Tom has sent me a shipping label to send back my S15000. I’ll box them up this weekend. So for the next couple of days I will have both sets. If anyone has any questions about them, feel free to ask. I will post some pics of my room. Showing the eD when I first moved in and at each step of upgrade. For now I have the amp side of the S3000i facing into my room so I can tweak the settings, then I’ll spin them around. This weekend I’ll hide all those wires inside the walls for a clean look.