Ok, so I finally got the PA-150!
Upon handling the package in my home, I inspected the outside of it and saw that 2 of the corners were slightly damaged, and 1 of the corners, located at the top of the box, was heavily damaged. This worried me a little, so I proceeded to unbox the sub with caution. Upon opening, there was a second box which didn't have much damage, except for the one heavily damaged corner. I opened that box and was happy to see that the corners were duly reinforced with double-stacked molded styrofoam on each corner, the sides and top and bottom. So, fortunately, the sub was not damaged in any way.
Upon reading the instructions, I proceeded to remove the sub from the box, according to their "unpacking" instructions. Basically it says to open the box, place it upside down, then lift the box up and over the sub. I did as instructed and now was able to view the PA-150 in all it's glory! First impressions were... Wow, it's huge! It is roughly a little more than two times the size of my old Infinity PS-8. I knew that I would have to find a way to hide this monster out of view of my wife before she came home. I made space in the corner behind the couches in the rear of my room. I plugged in the PA-150 to my Denon 1712 and started some music to see how it sounded. I was not initially impressed with the sound. It was boomy and, while it did make the walls shake, it just sounded like the gain was up way to high. I tried turning it down via the knob on the back, but it still did not sound the way I wanted it to. After a few house rattlin' demos from music and movies, I decided to move the sub to the front with my L/R's. I found a nice little corner for it and prepped it for running Audyssey. Now usually I place the microphone on a box on the couch to get it up to ear level. By chance, when I was setting that up, I looked over to the kids playing the Kinect and stared curiously at the Kinect stand that was holding it up. I wondered if the stand had a standard tripod screw that I could use to hold the mic. I turned off the Xbox, to many complaints from the children, and voila, it fit! I took my new "Denon mic stand" and performed the Audyssey configuration at all 8 locations, as specified in the Audyssey setup guide located HERE
. I then replayed the music and movie demos from earlier and heard a more refined bass, much more pleasant to the ears than the earlier sound tests. But now, it was much to soft. There was only a slight rattle from my walls and ceiling. When I reviewed the channel levels on my avr, it had set the bass to -12db. From what I've read, this is undesirable and means the sub was turned up too loud for the Audyssey configuration. But, before I could do anything else, my wife arrived home, so I had to quit my attempts for the moment.
I will be playing around with the settings tonight and see what I can do to get the house-shaking bass back, without it sounding too "boomy." I will probably re-run Audyssey with the knob on the back of the PA-150 set lower (I had it set at 5 for the first run), and see how it turns out.
Overall, the PA-150 is a great buy for the money, the sheer power of it is incredible. Those first few minutes that it was fresh out of the box showed me it's raw power. I want to ultimately get back to that, but with a more refined and tight bass. If you guys have any suggestions, please let me know. I will keep you all posted on my efforts. Thanks to everyone that has helped me thus far!