I know everyone seems to be focused on Hopinater's latest acquisitions, but I wanted to mention that I just joined the club/family a few minutes ago with the order of a V1800. The last month or so has been hell because I am one of those individuals that over-analyzes av equipment purchases to the point of hospitalization
Not question of affordability, just making sure I get the best bang for the budget I've set for myself. Who wants to buy something and then have to return it or live with it until able to sell/replace. I even considered staying away from this forum for a while to clear the head. Heck I researched DIY, but time isn't something I have a lot of right now so maybe when I retire. Sub threads are great, but you have those who are very supportive of their favorites, define best using certain criteria - like output, and then others who just hate a certain brand for whatever reason - see ShadyJ (that's not a shot at him, seems like a great person, very knowledgeable, but definitely not a PSA fan for reasons he as made very clear). Shady, you made me take an even harder look at PSA, to which I say "thank you" because it helped me get where I needed to be to make the best buying decision for me.
Those at the top of my list were the HSU VTF15H MK2, Rythmik FV15-HP, Reaction Audio Echo 15 and the PSA V1500 (initially, see below). Hours on this forum, Data-Bass, reviews on other forums and any pro reviews I could find. Even though I currently own two SVS subs, didn't even consider buying another one, in my opinion they have lost their mojo, with a focus more on retail then being a quality/value ID brand. That doesn't mean I would turn away an Ultra for free though. PM'd a few reviewers - David Vaughan and Jim Wilson - who were kind enough to respond to my questions quickly and thoroughly. That's one thing I love about this forum, everyone is usually very helpful. Even heard via PM from some members who gave me their input. Multiple phone calls to Rythmik and PSA, great customer service from all of them even though I am disappointed Tom didn't remember my name after talking to him about the V1500 three weeks ago - kidding (can you imagine all the names he hears in one day via calls, IM, and these types of forums). Many thanks to all.
So after all that homework I ended up going from a 15" to a 18". Every time I kept going back to the product pages for PSA and RA the two slot ported 18" subs seemed to be calling me. I feel PSA has come up with an excellent product that is at the top of its class (sorry RA, what do expect me to say about what I bought?), built in the States (nice plus but not huge for me), excellent driver/amp/cabinet, great warranty (very important) and the 30 day trial with free return shipping (very important because you never know until you hear it in your own HT). The other plus for PSA is availability, I have no doubt RA makes a great sub as well, but reading their thread where there are multiple posts from those who have placed an order asking for updates isn't the greatest form of advertisement. Recognize its hard to communicate effectively when a company is growing quickly with all of your customers (speaking from experience), but having to resort to posting on AVS for updates, meh. Seeing that can't help but remind me of eD, a company I followed closely since they were located in my home state. There was also the apparent quality issue with their speakers (CX-12t) from the shoot-out, just more food for thought, remember I did say over analyze.
I'm looking forward to hearing what PSA has accomplished. It's tough researching either 18" sub from RA or PSA since they are still fairly new products and reviews are tough to find even from owners. Yesterday I was ready to get the Rythmik after talking with Brian, but after some more review/thinking (no coin toss though) I kept coming back to the larger driver and PSA. I have no doubt that the Rythmik is an exceptional sub, there are just things that I like about the V1800, Power Sound Audio as company and I will leave it at that. Another factor for me was Tom's familiarity with SVS, I will have some work to do to get the PC12+ and the PSA V1800 to play nicely with each other, confident should I have any trouble Tom can help me work through it - even if its a Saturday or Sunday. Time to get back into REW as well. The sub should be here middle of next week. Look forward to participating on the PSA sub thread going forward and providing more details about the performance/sound of the V1800. Good listening to all. Steve