I finally connected and here is my small review of the PA-120:
When the UPS driver arrived he handed me the sub I noticed that it was not double-boxed, but shipped within the original box. Although I was not concerned that it was not double-boxed, but that would have been a nice. When I opened and inspect the sub there was not one scratch.
Kudos to the packaging of Sound Distributors! I give them a 8 out of 10 on packaging.
When I took the PA-120 of the box I initially felt how heavy and well constructed the sub was. I bought the Cherry finish. I love the fact that it compliments some of our furniture within the room and I also like the look of the black high-gloss top. It gives it a more expensive look without the cheap look. The grill seems some-what on the light side, and driver looks to be average. It does not look like an expensive $200 driver, but it seems to be a very good budget sub. The port is well located on the back underneath the amp. The amp is very well laid out and label and you are able to change the volume, phase, and xover. The amp is well built and looks like a pretty beefy amp for the money. Overall build quality 9 out 10.
I will post pics, but my loft area is roughly 20x10x8. However, to the right is an open stair well. The PA-120 is located to the left, near the sectional couch. This room could get quite boomy, but with the open stair well it should be suitable for this sub.
When I connected the sub to my inexpensive Pioneer receiver through the sub pre-out, I ran some music through my CPU to the receiver from itunes. After setup of my xover @ 80Hz, dialed the volume all the way up to 10, and kept the phase to 0. I use the Pioneer's internal xover to around 150Hz to match my in-ceiling speakers, in which gives me the best match. I also use the channel level of the receiver to match the subs output to the speakers.
First response on music, was like WOW! The PA-120 blends very well with my in-ceiling speakers. The bass is very omnidirectional, hits very clean and accurate. I have no other sub to compare with, but I will tell you that, at $229 this is a steal! I am not able to fully test, but I ran roughly 10-20 tracks and the kicks and bass lines are impressive for this sub.
I have AT&T Uverse and I kept flipping through some movie channels from HBO, Cinemax, Starz, etc...and the signal is Dolby Digital 5.1 and all I can say is "Unbelievable"! The amount of bass that comes out of this small box is very impressive. Its precise and has full control over the heavy bass/action scenes. This sub is much, much better at movies. The PA-120 picks up low bass frequencies that you would never hear from full-range or floorstanders. Most importantly is its tonal balance. It does not sound boomy or distracts from its normal characteristic of low bass.
You guys are probably like, what don't you like about the PA-120. Well time will only tell. I will have to play more music and movies at full tilt to get an idea of what the full potential can be. So far, there is no faults.
Overall, if you have read this small review and you are looking for an inexpensive sub for under $300, you have no worries. This sub is definitely worth its asking price tag. You will be impressed on its build quality and sound quality. You will find that all of your material, from broadcast or MP3s will have bass that you have never heard before. Overall sound quality 9 out 10