Thanks in advance for any feedback. I’ll try to be succinct but it’s not one if my strengths.
I currently have a PSA XV-15, which I like but I need more/different so I am trying to decide if I should get another, get rid of it and build my own, or as my wife sometimes says about other things (not directed negatively at me), just shut up and get over it. The biggest issues are likely: my room, my age and my budget…not necessarily in that order.
The room is about 5400 cu ft (25x24x9), and has a 5x8 opening to an even bigger space. Plus it has about 125 sq ft of windows along with hard flooring on slab. I’m asking a lot of that one PSA. The inconsistent bass depending on where you are in the room is huge and the dead spot in the middle is pretty massive as well. I’ve moved the sub several times to no avail.
My age – pushing 50 and have played guitar and been to too many concerts. A fine ear…yeah I no longer have that. On the plus side, I no longer care nearly as much now that my hearing has becoming selective and now go for aesthetics and décor more than audiophile taste. Thus I have ended up with the discontinued Mirage OS3 towers and center channel and the matching Omnican ceiling speakers for surrounds because they sound good for movies and I like their sleek look. I would say I am 80% theater and 20% music at this point but I do care much more about the theater side than I do about the music as I have a 120” screen in the room. My taste also seems to have shifted as I think I would now prefer sealed to ported, which adds to my dilemma. I’m powering these Mirage’s with an Onkyo 607.
My budget – not a huge issue but I’d really like to stay within spending what it might cost to add another XV-15. So if I do that, I’m in for about another $800+ (but if I want to go sealed, why buy another XV other than it’s the easiest thing to do). But I could sell the one I have, take that cash and add to it and build two of my own.
I see a lot on here about the SI 18, the DIY Sound Group 4 cu ft cab, and maybe adding a pro amp like the Peavey ISP2 with DSP to all that and being perhaps a little over a grand. I have little clue about Ohms and wiring this and certainly don’t want to add any dedicated breakers to the room so I’m not looking for thousands of watts but would be willing to push the edge of what I’ve got to rumble the room. So the big question is, does my room suck so much that this would end up not being a great solution anyway? I don’t want to make the walls flex at reference levels but I would like the place to shake when a T-Rex walks through the room. I have two good corners and several places to add the subs along three of the walls as well so as long as I can give them a decent finish (the black sand finish on the PSA is fine with my wife) so I can put two good size boxes in there without issue but I don’t want more than two.
Thoughts and suggestions welcome.