Originally Posted by jbrown15
That's my whole point, go to data-bass.com and look at the numbers. They are so close that I'm willing to bet you wouldn't be able to hear a difference between the 2 performance wise. So why spent the extra money on a PB13-Ultra.
FWIW, I've yet to read a single forum member posting a review that bags on PSA or their product mix. My comments are not to be seen as bagging on any individual product manufacture as in my opinion, they're all excellent performers. Yes, based on what's been posted by AVS forum members, for various and many reasons , I have a pecking order of favorites and price has not played into the consideration.
Agreeing with jbrown15, the gist of my decision making process consists of publicly posted data graphs and anecdotal reviews by forum members.
Being buried in the northeast mountains of California, within a hundred miles of our location, I doubt I could find a single subwoofer being discussed for personal review. So like most, one needs to find other decision making processes in which to validate the choice making process; what works for the individual. If one looks at what negative reviews have to share and takes into consideration the ratio of negative reviews posted vs positive/neutral reviews and then adds into the mix the common thread string of negative/positive information coupled to empirical information in which to corroborate what the reviewers have to say, yes, despite what some want you to believe, anecdotal reviews are a valid tool in the decision making process.
Another point one needs to explore and take into consideration is online hype; what's fact and what's emotionally based hype. One of my biggest joys and fails was being gifted a Rolex Watch. The watch has pretty much zero ability to withstand shock, is expensive to repair but is quite the charmer (like putting diamonds around a ladies neck) to put on one's wrist when going to dinner with family and friends; hype. Since being gifted a Rolex, out of necessity, I've acquired several other watches so now I have a work watch that can take a beating (I'm now retired), a slim, stylish, going for cocktail watch (no tie) and a "ROLEX" for when I put a tie on. One can't do the same with subwoofers for in a Home Theater environment, subwoofers are a one-size-fits-all proposition; choose wisely. Now, which sub should a person choose to fill their subwoofer void.....hype, or no hype. In the end, one has to make a choice they can afford that fills both needs, emotional and practical. This is what I call the esoteric middle ground.
With all the above ramblings in mind, in the simple, based on price constraints and demand for quality sound, my recommendation to the OP is a pair of PSA, XS30's and use any spare change to woo your spouse with a killer night on the town.
By-the-by jbrown15, you stated a few posts above that you order a pair of PSA, XS30's. Have you received them yet and if so, have you had a chance to integrate them into your system and match their acoustics to your viewing room and if so, what are your personal thoughts regarding a pair of properly integrated PSA, XS30's?
To the OP, I hope the above ramblings helps with your decision making process.