New satisfied owner of a PSA V1800! I added another smaller 5.1 home theater to my house in a front room and went fairly low end with all the speakers to keep cost down. Rear surrounds are Klipsch KSB 1.1’s, center channel Yamaha NS-C444, fronts Yamaha NS-333, Sanus SANUS BF31/18-B1 speaker stands, receiver Yamaha RX-V379BL and started with a Yamaha Studio HS8 subwoofer from my recording studio computer setup. The main room is 300 square feet, 2400 cubic feet, see attached pics and CAD drawing for more details. I ended up with the subwoofer against the back knee wall but tried also the locations just to the right and left of the TV stand. The front right location was totally dead at all sub frequencies, the left front location was best for the 40 hz and up range but the back location shown in the attached pics had pretty even response for music and movies. I used Transformers: Age of Extinction first 7 minutes for all my testing along with a manually tweaked YPAO setup.
I was very happy with all the non-sub speakers with music, Amazon Fire, PS3, DirecTV and all other sources. Just couldn’t live with the tiny Yamaha HS8 sub for movies so I bought a Bic Acoustech PL-200 to get some rumble. The HS8 has super tight bass for drums and bass guitar, too weak for movies. The PL-200 for the money had a lot of power to shake the room but zero articulation or damping. Amazing sub for the price though. I then rotated my SVS SB-2000, PB-2000 and PB12-Plus subs from my main theater through the front room. Only the PB12-Plus produced a good combination of tight sound and good output below 30Hz. I returned the SB-2000 and purchased the PSA V1800 after exchanging a few emails with Tom at PSA. The V1800 output just dwarfs the PB12-Plus in output across the spectrum while maintaining excellent damping and articulation for both music and movies. Doesn’t seem possible that an 18” woofer could be as articulate as a 12” but it is! It seems that the era of 12” subs for medium size, non-sealed rooms is ending and the new standard is 15” and 18” subs. In that sense the SVS products I own, while leading edge at the time of purchase, now seem to be not a good value looking at the cost for a given level of sound output. The bigger cone areas move so much more air and coupled with the right amp and enclosure, give up nothing in sound quality.
For comparison I cranked the PB12-Plus up to the point where the speaker was bottoming out, took a sound reading, then replaced it with the V1800 and got 11db more output with no distortion and it did sound twice as loud. Sound source for this measurement was program material from Transformers: Age of Extinction, first 7 minutes. Sound meter was Galaxy Audio CM140 Checkmate frequency range from 31.5Hz to 8KHz.