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I saw a pretty screaming deal for a Pioneer VSX-1124 so I went ahead and bought it. Initially I was going to wait until next years Denons came out and was going to get an X4100 equivalent. The VSX-820 needed to be re-purposed for a room that needs a two channel amp so I had a choice to make, and well, it looks like the 1124 will now be powering the NHT's. I'm pretty exicted! One question I had is what I should set the crossover to for the Classic Twos? What about the TwoC?
I run my Absolute Center and my Classic Twos at 80Hz. Audyssey set them at 60Hz but I changed them manually. It sounds great.

Adjusting settings according to personal preference is not calibration.

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Watched a movie at near reference level (-5) and holy hanna! I turned it down about halfway through the movie. I'm going to get another chance to try another movie this week while my wife is out of town.
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Watched a movie at near reference level (-5) and holy hanna! I turned it down about halfway through the movie. I'm going to get another chance to try another movie this week while my wife is out of town.
Pretty Awesome, isn't it!!! Now you know what your speakers can do, and you can actually go to reference (0) if you want to try for a couple minutes. Keep us posted, glad you finally heard what they are capable of.
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They were amazing. They played loud, clear and just WOW. They didn't seem to struggle at all and my receiver didn't get warm.

My wife and I are looking at possibly selling our house and moving. Only problem is the house we are interested the living room wouldn't work for my setup BUT there is more bedrooms then we need. So I could use one as a dedicated HT room. Would these speakers be too much for a medium sized bedroom?

**One thing I did notice while watching the movie was I think I want to try sealed subwoofers. The ports were making some noise while listening at that level. When I watch a movie this week I'm going to leave both ports open and see if it sounds better.
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They were amazing. They played loud, clear and just WOW. They didn't seem to struggle at all and my receiver didn't get warm.

My wife and I are looking at possibly selling our house and moving. Only problem is the house we are interested the living room wouldn't work for my setup BUT there is more bedrooms then we need. So I could use one as a dedicated HT room. Would these speakers be too much for a medium sized bedroom?

**One thing I did notice while watching the movie was I think I want to try sealed subwoofers. The ports were making some noise while listening at that level. When I watch a movie this week I'm going to leave both ports open and see if it sounds better.
Randall,

It 'might' help to open more ports, but that is actually common when pushing ported subs (especially if you sit close enough to hear the port noise).

I would not think it would be an issue to use the speakers in a smaller room, they would be just fine. Our dedicated room is very small and I'm using Fours as the L/R and they do great in there (had to do acoustical treatments, but that is something that will help any room). Having a dedicated room is actually great as you can do what you want with it (barring WAF). Ours is painted black (great for video), and fully treated acoustically to take care of most reflections. You'll actually have your Man Cave, quite nice even if small.

Really glad you're finally pushing your system! Power really wakes up NHT's and as long as you're not pushing your AVR past is limits, it's totally fine. I actually pushed the Threes in the past with an outboard Amp rated at 300 watts/channel (only drove it with ~125 watts each keeping track of power with a kill-a-watt) and they never strained. I had to wear earplugs. Now, in a very large room, they probably would't cut it. You have to keep in mind that if you increase the area of a room by double, it requires quadruple the acoustical power to maintain the same sound level at the same listening distance. For most of us though, I don't think that room size would be an issue for the majority of speakers out there.

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How large is your room? What are you running in there? I think the room was 10x12 or so. It is probably larger, I'm just going on the smaller side.

If we do move the plan is to use the Absolute towers and the Outlaw subs in the living room for a 2.2 setup.
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How large is your room? What are you running in there? I think the room was 10x12 or so. It is probably larger, I'm just going on the smaller side.

If we do move the plan is to use the Absolute towers and the Outlaw subs in the living room for a 2.2 setup.
That would be great for a 2.2 setup!

As for the room, it's SMALL. It's an extra room that is 11 x 12 and very packed! I'm running a 11.2 system in there, all NHT. It works great because it's dedicated and no need to worry too much about aesthetics. Our living room only has a 2.1 system (just the speakers, the equipment is placed in the Media Room).

Front L/F: Fours
Center: Three C
Surround: Threes
Wides: Twos
Heights: Absolute Zero
Rears: Absolute Wall
Subs: 2 x W1's (each with it's own X1 that has the 20Hz mod - without the mod it only went down to 26 Hz, with the mod, it's flat to 20Hz which is fine for the room). Subs are placed near field right behind the couch at 1/4 and 3/4 spaces (usually one of the best spots - 1/2 spaces also work great, you don't get the boomy room boundary gain that way).

Here are a couple pictures. This is using a very bright flash as it's very dark in the room (the flash even shows through the cloth of some of the acoustical treatments, but it's not visible under normal conditions).

Listed: Front of room with flash, no flash, rear of room with flash.
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Watched a movie at near reference level (-5) and holy hanna! I turned it down about halfway through the movie. I'm going to get another chance to try another movie this week while my wife is out of town.
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Pretty Awesome, isn't it!!! Now you know what your speakers can do, and you can actually go to reference (0) if you want to try for a couple minutes. Keep us posted, glad you finally heard what they are capable of.
That's great!!!

Ok I just bought a new Pioneer VSX-1124-K. I ran MCACC and it set the front left to +4db and the rest of them to +2-3db. It set the sub to -1db. As a result of this (feeling that everything is symmetrical) I manually set everything to 0db. MCACC did, however, set the speaker distances to the appropriate feet/inches. Anyhow, I noticed during a movie last night that I was worried to push it beyond -15db. I felt like anymore would blow a speaker. Any suggestions?

Note: I have all speakers set to small with the crossover to 80hz. I have the sub set to LFE/phase 0/about 2 o'clock.

I'm new to this receiver so am still trying to get used to it but so far am very impressed with its performance and increased power output compared to the VSX-820-K.

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That's great!!!

Ok I just bought a new Pioneer VSX-1124-K. I ran MCACC and it set the front left to +4db and the rest of them to +2-3db. It set the sub to -1db. As a result of this (feeling that everything is symmetrical) I manually set everything to 0db. MCACC did, however, set the speaker distances to the appropriate feet/inches. Anyhow, I noticed during a movie last night that I was worried to push it beyond -15db. I felt like anymore would blow a speaker. Any suggestions?

Note: I have all speakers set to small with the crossover to 80hz. I have the sub set to LFE/phase 0/about 2 o'clock.

I'm new to this receiver so am still trying to get used to it but so far am very impressed with its performance and increased power output compared to the VSX-820-K.
Looks like you have set the crossovers correctly. I think you can push it louder though. Correct me if I'm wrong, but MCACC sets the reference level of 85db when set to '0' like Audyssey does, correct? It didn't in the past, but the newer renditions do. If so, you're not using a fraction of the power at -15 unless your room is super large.

Another thing about the levels. MCACC most likely set them correctly (if your MLP measurement is symmetrical to your speakers). Keep in mind, there is NO room that is symmetrical - unless all your furniture is exactly the same from left to right, you have exactly the same windows on the left and right, and the door is perfectly in the middle. Some people build a dedicated room in which they can create that symmetry, but room of most normal houses will not have that and it will change the acoustics quite a lot. I'm not being demeaning or condescending to you (please don't take it wrong), just want to make it clear there is a lot when it comes to acoustics. I use to set all my measurements in the past to the same and then now just stick to what the RC sets the levels at as it's most likely correct since it's an acoustical measurement and not a physical one. The only level I do change is the sub, I like it a bit hotter by +3db. I have also confirmed using a calibrated SPL meter and the AVR does pretty good. Also using REW with a calibrated mic gives close to same results.

So for the levels as an example, my speakers are set pretty accurately within 1/8 of an inch as far as symmetry to the MLP and I use a laser level when I mounted speakers (stands and wall mounts) and also used a laser for setting the angles (yes, I'm very anal about it). But, because of the issues of room symmetry I mentioned above, these are my levels that Audyssey set (actual acoustical distance and trim levels): Attached.

The sub is near field as I mentioned before, so both of them have the same value. But, notice the variation in the trim levels. Pairs of speakers are close (within 0.5db), but to each other, the variation is larger. The crossovers I of course raised as most of the speakers register as large (and the Fours can actually play as large, but I raise the XO to 60Hz even though it'll play down to 25 Hz in my room with no problem. Attached are the 'rough' graphs of before/after shots using Audyssey Pro. Black is measured response in room for each speaker and to the right of each one in red is the corrected response (within the limits of plus/minus 12 db that Audyssey allowes).

Hope that makes sense.

Have fun with your new AVR!!!
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That would be great for a 2.2 setup!

As for the room, it's SMALL. It's an extra room that is 11 x 12 and very packed! I'm running a 11.2 system in there, all NHT. It works great because it's dedicated and no need to worry too much about aesthetics. Our living room only has a 2.1 system (just the speakers, the equipment is placed in the Media Room).

Front L/F: Fours
Center: Three C
Surround: Threes
Wides: Twos
Heights: Absolute Zero
Rears: Absolute Wall
Subs: 2 x W1's (each with it's own X1 that has the 20Hz mod - without the mod it only went down to 26 Hz, with the mod, it's flat to 20Hz which is fine for the room). Subs are placed near field right behind the couch at 1/4 and 3/4 spaces (usually one of the best spots - 1/2 spaces also work great, you don't get the boomy room boundary gain that way).

Here are a couple pictures. This is using a very bright flash as it's very dark in the room (the flash even shows through the cloth of some of the acoustical treatments, but it's not visible under normal conditions).

Listed: Front of room with flash, no flash, rear of room with flash.
Wow, that is packed in there. You just answered my next question without even knowing it. I was going to say is that size room too small for 7/9.2? It took me a few seconds to find the rear speakers, they blend right in to the wall.
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Wow, that is packed in there. You just answered my next question without even knowing it. I was going to say is that size room too small for 7/9.2? It took me a few seconds to find the rear speakers, they blend right in to the wall.
Yes, very packed but works quite well due to acoustical treatments. Someday in the not to far future we plan on moving to another (larger) home and I plan to build a dedicated media room that is larger.

The 'rear' speakers are not actually in the rear, but as you can see, up high on the sides (still behind the couch). They still work fine there once room correction is done. I do plan on upgrading to Atmos and if still in this room, I'll need to replace the rears with 'rear heights' which will be just in front of the couch. The front heights would just need to be moved slightly forward of their current position (so a 7.2.4 or a 9.2.4). I've been waiting to see how Atmos has been panning out and it looks great so far.

I don't think you'll have any problem putting a 7.2 or 9.2 system in the room you're talking about. All of the NHT speakers (except for the Fours) have a small footprint and won't be an issue to install. My son's bedroom is only 10x10 and has a 5.1 system using Pinnacle BD speakers (got them for a great price) and they work great - about the size of the Twos. He's only 8 and extremely good with electronics. But because some of his friends are not (they'd poke the drivers out) I installed them high on his cabinet and angled them down. Picture attached. The rears are the smaller brothers mounted at ceiling height (size of the Zeros). His room is a planetarium (reason for the dark room) which can't be seen from this picture, but the other walls and ceiling are full of stars, galaxies, and the solar system of course.
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@cavchameleon . Great set-up you have!

I have strongly considered purchasing Four's for my mains especially with this sale but am hesitant only because I wish NHT would have put two 6 1/2 mid drivers in them instead of one. The probably create excellent output though with just the one. Can you bi-amp the Four's?

Regarding MCACC, I'm not sure where it defaults to in at 0db. Perhaps the figure changes after running MCACC? I am going to run it again tonight and them test it out for a few weeks before making any manual adjustments. It just seemed strange that it increased me left main to +4db. I should just trust that it is doing its job appropriately.

I like how Denon allows you to change the XO for each individual speaker. Pioneer seems to only allow changing the XO for the entire system. I thought Pioneer would have come around and change this with their 2014 receivers but apparently they are slacking here. 80hz is still a safe place to be for Classic Two's and a TwoC.

If I were to set the gain knob on my subwoofer (right now it is at 2 o'clock) how does that affect what MCACC? If MCACC is setting the sub to -1db then perhaps setting it to 1 o'clock and then running MCACC again would give it a value of 0db?

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Speakers/Sub: (4) NHT Classic Two and an NHT TwoC center + PSA-XV15 subwoofer.
HTPC: z97 mobo, 16GB mem, i5-4440, SSD+HD, LG BD drive, Win 8.1 pro w/WMC + MB3.
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@cavchameleon . Great set-up you have!

I have strongly considered purchasing Four's for my mains especially with this sale but am hesitant only because I wish NHT would have put two 6 1/2 mid drivers in them instead of one. The probably create excellent output though with just the one. Can you bi-amp the Four's?

Regarding MCACC, I'm not sure where it defaults to in at 0db. Perhaps the figure changes after running MCACC? I am going to run it again tonight and them test it out for a few weeks before making any manual adjustments. It just seemed strange that it increased me left main to +4db. I should just trust that it is doing its job appropriately.

I like how Denon allows you to change the XO for each individual speaker. Pioneer seems to only allow changing the XO for the entire system. I thought Pioneer would have come around and change this with their 2014 receivers but apparently they are slacking here. 80hz is still a safe place to be for Classic Two's and a TwoC.

If I were to set the gain knob on my subwoofer (right now it is at 2 o'clock) how does that affect what MCACC? If MCACC is setting the sub to -1db then perhaps setting it to 1 o'clock and then running MCACC again would give it a value of 0db?
Most room correction systems re-set the levels so that '0' is reference of 85 db for normal listening (and peaks of 105 db dependent on speakers and power available). As for your sub, the -1 db is not a big deal, it's practically the same as 0 db. I would't worry about it unless it just bugs you, then yes you can just raise it in your sub (which is awesome by the way). That may not put it to 0 though - dependent on the gain of the amp in your sub. If afterwards you want to increase the volume of the sub, do it in the AVR so that filters are not messed with.

I too am curious why Pioneer did not have the option to change XO per pair of speakers. Denon does that even in their cheaper AVR's. But, for the most part, 80 Hz is pretty much safe all the way around and is the standard set by THX.

As for the Fours, it does not need a second 6 1/2 mid driver. Keep in mind that the actual mid driver is a dome like the Threes (the top portion, tweeter and mid, are the same in the Threes and Fours). The 6 1/2 ind driver for Three is both a mid-bass and bass driver. In the Fours, it's only a mid-bass driver since it has a build in 10" woofer to take care of the bass, XO'd at 125 Hz to the woofer. And yes, you can bi-amp the bass portion from the upper part. It's really not necessary though. IMO it's better to leave it alone since I XO them at 60 Hz and it gives it much more headroom. The bass (especially lower) is much better suited to dedicated subs like you have for a couple reason: location (the best placement for subs is not the same as placement for the mains). To truly bi-amp, you need to use and electronic XO and separate amps (not bi-amping from an AVR which is pretty much worthless). NHT used to sell the X2 which was made for bi-amping the Fours, but sales didn't go well for the same reason as I stated (I've tried it - works great if you don't have a sub, but totally unnecessary if you are using a sub IMO).

Best thing to do - get another sub for your room, it will balance out the seat-to-seat bass and make it more even.

Thanks for the compliment on the space (even though it is Very packed).
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Thanks again. Yeah the XV15 is really a pleasant subwoofer. I'm picking the enthusiasts brains over at the PSA thread trying to figure out which of their subs to either upgrade to or add as a second. I have a pretty huge room but not a whole lot of feasible places to put another sub (WAF).

So you have your Four's set to "small" and XO'd at 60hz? Also, the XO in the Four's send all frequencies below 125hz to the 10"? I wonder why NHT opted to use such a high frequency when the 6 1/2 can do much lower.

You have a pretty awesome set-up (lots of speakers!)... I bet it sounds pretty awesome. My lady had all her close friends over last night and I was their personal youtube DJ. They all loved the sounds, however, I was underwhelmed by the output (granted I wasn't sitting in the MLP). I need more!

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Yes, very packed but works quite well due to acoustical treatments. Someday in the not to far future we plan on moving to another (larger) home and I plan to build a dedicated media room that is larger.

The 'rear' speakers are not actually in the rear, but as you can see, up high on the sides (still behind the couch). They still work fine there once room correction is done. I do plan on upgrading to Atmos and if still in this room, I'll need to replace the rears with 'rear heights' which will be just in front of the couch. The front heights would just need to be moved slightly forward of their current position (so a 7.2.4 or a 9.2.4). I've been waiting to see how Atmos has been panning out and it looks great so far.

I don't think you'll have any problem putting a 7.2 or 9.2 system in the room you're talking about. All of the NHT speakers (except for the Fours) have a small footprint and won't be an issue to install. My son's bedroom is only 10x10 and has a 5.1 system using Pinnacle BD speakers (got them for a great price) and they work great - about the size of the Twos. He's only 8 and extremely good with electronics. But because some of his friends are not (they'd poke the drivers out) I installed them high on his cabinet and angled them down. Picture attached. The rears are the smaller brothers mounted at ceiling height (size of the Zeros). His room is a planetarium (reason for the dark room) which can't be seen from this picture, but the other walls and ceiling are full of stars, galaxies, and the solar system of course.
I have been wondering about Atmos and if it'll stick around or if it'll just pass in a couple years, kinda like 3D looks to be going away for some TV's. The idea does seem cool though, having sound all around and overhead. Not really sure how I feel about the Atmos speakers with firing speakers up towards the ceiling, if I were to go about it I'd much rather have speakers on the ceiling.


Dang, only 8 and has that already!? I didn't get my HTiB until I was a sophomore in high school. Before that I had garage sale Fisher tower speakers.
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Thanks again. Yeah the XV15 is really a pleasant subwoofer. I'm picking the enthusiasts brains over at the PSA thread trying to figure out which of their subs to either upgrade to or add as a second. I have a pretty huge room but not a whole lot of feasible places to put another sub (WAF).

So you have your Four's set to "small" and XO'd at 60hz? Also, the XO in the Four's send all frequencies below 125hz to the 10"? I wonder why NHT opted to use such a high frequency when the 6 1/2 can do much lower.

You have a pretty awesome set-up (lots of speakers!)... I bet it sounds pretty awesome. My lady had all her close friends over last night and I was their personal youtube DJ. They all loved the sounds, however, I was underwhelmed by the output (granted I wasn't sitting in the MLP). I need more!
I was told to start looking at those subs (PSA) XS15se if I was going to go with 2 or the XV30se if I was going to use it in a dedicated HT room. I'm interested in trying out new subs, PSA, SVS or Rythmik.
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Thanks again. Yeah the XV15 is really a pleasant subwoofer. I'm picking the enthusiasts brains over at the PSA thread trying to figure out which of their subs to either upgrade to or add as a second. I have a pretty huge room but not a whole lot of feasible places to put another sub (WAF).

So you have your Four's set to "small" and XO'd at 60hz? Also, the XO in the Four's send all frequencies below 125hz to the 10"? I wonder why NHT opted to use such a high frequency when the 6 1/2 can do much lower.

You have a pretty awesome set-up (lots of speakers!)... I bet it sounds pretty awesome. My lady had all her close friends over last night and I was their personal youtube DJ. They all loved the sounds, however, I was underwhelmed by the output (granted I wasn't sitting in the MLP). I need more!
You have a great setup, thanks for your compliments. As for your sub, if you're worried about WAF, IMO, the best route would be to go with 2 sealed subs in your room. They are much smaller and with two you wouldn't loose the output and would gain smoother bass.

As for the Fours, Jack Hidley (one of the designers) said that the 6 1/2 in driver was not a woofer like in the Three, it looks the same but is actually designed for mid-bass and won't go that low. It was done on purpose since it was being XO'd to a woofer anyway (and it didn't matter if the XO was higher since it would be played in pairs). It really does sound great, I prefer it over the Threes, all things being equal like setting the XO to 80 Hz to compare. The mid-bass is cleaner. Not to knock the Threes, they are pretty awesome. The 10" driver is not a 'sub-woofer' but a woofer that can play pretty low.

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I have been wondering about Atmos and if it'll stick around or if it'll just pass in a couple years, kinda like 3D looks to be going away for some TV's. The idea does seem cool though, having sound all around and overhead. Not really sure how I feel about the Atmos speakers with firing speakers up towards the ceiling, if I were to go about it I'd much rather have speakers on the ceiling.


Dang, only 8 and has that already!? I didn't get my HTiB until I was a sophomore in high school. Before that I had garage sale Fisher tower speakers.
I think Atmos will actually take off, unlike 3D video (I didn't go for it either). It's not gimmicky at all. But, I wouldn't use speakers firing up, I would install speakers for the heights. The firing up versions are just made to be 'user friendly' so that one does not need to run wires and mount them.

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I was told to start looking at those subs (PSA) XS15se if I was going to go with 2 or the XV30se if I was going to use it in a dedicated HT room. I'm interested in trying out new subs, PSA, SVS or Rythmik.
All great choices. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

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I think Atmos will actually take off, unlike 3D video (I didn't go for it either). It's not gimmicky at all. But, I wouldn't use speakers firing up, I would install speakers for the heights. The firing up versions are just made to be 'user friendly' so that one does not need to run wires and mount them.
I agree, I think they are more focused towards WAF and user friendly. My wife enjoys HT but I doubt she'd be all for me placing 4 speakers on the ceiling in our living room. Maybe the NHT in ceiling speakers but I think I'm leaning more towards a dedicated room. Even if we don't move, I still may turn one of our spare rooms into one. I mean we have 3 empty bedrooms right now.
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All great choices. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.
Lol, thanks. Would be ideal if I could just order one of each and see how they sound but $$$$$$. Wish some people around me actually were into HT.

SVS SB13-Ultra
Rythmik Audio F15hp
PSA XS15se or XV30se

Any others I should take into consideration. If I were to budget 1500 now and with the possibility of adding another down the road (if needed).
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Lol, thanks. Would be ideal if I could just order one of each and see how they sound but $$$$$$. Wish some people around me actually were into HT.

SVS SB13-Ultra
Rythmik Audio F15hp
PSA XS15se or XV30se

Any others I should take into consideration. If I were to budget 1500 now and with the possibility of adding another down the road (if needed).
I've really grown to love PSA. They are made in America and their support here is just phenomenal. They will spend hours on the phone with you if you needed... they even sent me a PSA coffee mug with grips for the feet in it when I emailed them and said that my subwoofer isn't sitting still and was interested in their ideas on how to make it stop sliding on my tile. Lol!

Living room theater set-up:  
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1124-K.
Speakers/Sub: (4) NHT Classic Two and an NHT TwoC center + PSA-XV15 subwoofer.
HTPC: z97 mobo, 16GB mem, i5-4440, SSD+HD, LG BD drive, Win 8.1 pro w/WMC + MB3.
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I've really grown to love PSA. They are made in America and their support here is just phenomenal. They will spend hours on the phone with you if you needed... they even sent me a PSA coffee mug with grips for the feet in it when I emailed them and said that my subwoofer isn't sitting still and was interested in their ideas on how to make it stop sliding on my tile. Lol!
Do you know why they stopped making the sub that you own? I'm only basing this off of pictures online since I haven't seen any in person, but PSA subs don't seem to look as nice as the other 2 I have mentioned (finish wise). If I put it into a dedicated room obviously that won't matter. I've been trying to find videos on YouTube of them and my goodness those things shake apart some rooms.
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