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The Smoken Review of the XV30

Hello Ladies and Gents, sorry it has been so long since I last posted any impressions on the forums. But I've been going through a lot with work and other personal things. But I am finally here to give my impressions and review on the XV30. Now for a disclaimer, I am no way an expert on subs. I do not have any measuring devices or SPL meters or anything the like just my trusty ear. Now according to the Navy I've had perfect hearing for 11 years straight now, so I do trust my ear LOL. So most of my review is nothing but In My Opinion. Now I am a hard guy to please when it comes to something that cost a lot of money. To me if I'm going to spend a good amount, it damn well better impress me. With that being said, lets get on with it.

Ordering & Customer Service – PSA Customer Service is unmatched. Tom always goes out of his way to help you as the consumer in any way possible. After numerous emails Tom suggested to me the XS30, but not having the funds to pay for it upfront I had to wait. Then my wife ordered the XS30 for me as a secret using the Paypal Bill Me Later service, but after some detective work I figured it out. You know when you were a little kid and wanted to know what your parents got you for Christmas, snooping around in their closets trying to find the stash. Yeah that was me, but only online.
Now some of you know that I actually returned the XS30 for the XV30. Later I'll explain why but for now I'm going over the customer service. The experience on returning the XS30 was probably the easiest and stress free thing I had ever done. This is how it went down. After talking with Tom some more I decided I wanted to return it for the XV30, he says no problem well send a box with straps in it to secure the XS30 shipping box back to the pallet. I was like umm, Tom I don't think I have that pallet anymore. The carrier service actually took it back with them, I didn't know I was suppose to keep it. No problem, Tom said just find any regular pallet and that should work. Too easy, went to a local farmer store and asked if they had any pallets I could have. The guy took me to the back and a mountain of pallets were sitting there. Awesome I said. Grabbed one and off I was. Meanwhile as I was waiting for the box of straps I was talking to Tom and asked him what the turnaround might be for the XV30. He gave me the lowdown of maybe a week after I ship out the XS30 because they'll have to wait for the XS30 then they'll send the new XV30 back to me. I was kind of bummed because I wanted the XV30 for the Superbowl party I was having. Fast forward and I emailed Tom saying I got the XS30 ready to go. He said he'll email me back on some more info on regards of the carrier service. He kind of sounded busy in the email. Thinking no problem, I know this guy has to be a pretty busy for the outstanding customer service he supplies. He emails me back this message.

“Hi Ryan,
Here's the update:
1)The new XV30 shipped today. PRO number 4009xxxxx
http://www.rlcarriers.com/shiptrace.asp
2)Our intention is to have RL pick up the XS30 from you when they drop off the new XV30 (should be 2 or 3 days to you from Ohio). Is that acceptable?”

Wait what? I said to myself. Is that acceptable....hes asking me if thats acceptable? I was actually speechless. Instead of waiting to receive my XS30 he shipped out the XV30 ahead of schedule and just do a swap when the carrier gets here. This is unheard of! Never in my life have I seen such customer service! Tom, I'd take a bullet for you.

I also want to add that the carrier truck drivers are extremely nice and helpful says my wife. Thats an A+ in my book.

Build Quality – After taking off the top portion of the box revealing the sub underneath, all I could do was laugh. It is MONSTROUS! My friend who helped me said it best “I love the overkill factor” seriously it is a beast. I love it! I had to unbox it in the garage then carry it through the house then upstairs to my home theater. Weighing in at 158lbs you can see where I'm going with this. My friend and I took a couple breaks on the way up the stairs. But I do have to say this thing is SOLID! There was no bowing or anything when lifting it up by the platform. Everything on this sub is solid. Also the port in the back, LOL, I could stick my arm inside it! Its that massive! Everything about this sub is overkill, and thats why I love it!
The finish is great, in my low lighting of a room you can't see really any sheen to it. Also its tucked in the corner so when I have the projector going you don't see any reflections. Moving around on the carpet actually seemed not that hard at all. I haven't looked but I don't think there any rubber feet on the bottom. When I had the XS30 it was a pain to move on the carpet because of the rubber feet. But the XV30 seemed to slide really easy on the carpet. Granted your still pushing nearly 160lbs but it was still easier than the 111lbs XS30.

Sound – Ok, now on to the meat and potatoes of the XV30. I set this puppy up in the corner, ran YPAO (I don't think it really helps other than getting the distance to the LP) then I set the gain on the back of the sub to about 2 o'clock and the gain on the AVR to +3db. Then on to my favorite scenes and movies.

Total Recall: The sweeps at the beginning of the movie sound freaking outstanding! Starts off high and rolls down the frequencies. Sounds so crisp and beefy at the same time. Like a giant was grabbing my room within his hands and shaking it softly then immediately hard. Another scene I was testing out was during the Fall near the end of the movie. There is a lot of mid to high bass during this portion so I wanted to see if the XV30 matched the XS30 in this department. Sure enough it did. There is this one part right before Quaid places the charges on the machine there is a LOUD thump when he walks into this area avoiding the patrols. If your not expecting it (like I wasn't) it WILL scare the holy hell out of you. It is LOUD! Now during the Fall as the machine is traveling through the tunnel, the amount of mid bass slam factor going on is nuts. My back literally feels like I just got out of a vibrating chair from the mall. I am not exaggerating either.

How To Train Your Dragon: There are 2 chapters that I always go to when I'm calibrating my subs. Chapters 9 and 15. Chapter 9 is when Hiccup is first riding Toothless with his complete getup and cheat sheet. Right off the bat you can almost feel the wind blowing through Hiccup's hair from the XV30. Its subtle but yet you can feel it and I love that. Another reason why I choose this scene is when Hiccup's cheat sheet goes flying he has no choice but to use his instinct to fly through the rocks with the help of Toothless. This portion I use because if you have a great sub and great speakers you can feel the subsonic waves coming from different directions instead of just feeling it come from the corner. The last rock that Hiccup fly’s over goes underneath him, and the rumble that you get from the sub ACTUALLY feels like your going over it. Its almost like a 4D effect. The other chapter is Chapter 15, when the Queen Dragon bursts out of the mountain. This part is full of that room shaking bass, the low freq kind. When I had the XS30 I was actually some what disappointed in this scene. I didn't feel that room shaking bass that I have felt before. I tried different settings on the XS30, different positions and such...nothing, didn't feel it like I was used to. This was one small reason why I returned the XS30. Now its the XV30's turn. WOW! The XV30 shakes the room in spades and keeps on delivering and never slowing down. Thats one thing I noticed about the XV30, you can keep pushing it and it will just keep getting louder and not lose its headroom. I noticed the XS30 would lose its low freq headroom slightly the more you push it. The XV30 just stops getting louder but keeps its composer. The battle scene between Toothless and the Queen was freaking intense!!! When you have your speakers in perfect harmony with your sub, magic happens. When they are both on the same level of volume, its really something to experience. Like I said its almost like a 4D effect, magic happens in front of you, its almost like you can reach out and touch the sounds in front of you. The explosion scene aka the Queen crashing. This is where my HSU VTF3 MK4 bottomed out every time. Not the XV30, nope. It laughs at the scene and keeps going!

War of the Worlds & Xmen First Class: I'm putting both of these movies in the same paragraph. Why? Let me tell you. Two scenes did something to my room that has never happened before and actually made me lose my breath. The pod scene and the Magneto levitating the dead Sebastian out of the submarine scene. First the pod scene, was unreal! My HSU VTF3 MK4 could not handle this scene at the volume I wanted it to be at. The XV30 just kept going, my wife was screaming at me from downstairs to turn it down. Thats when you know you got something good! The amount of bass pouring out of the sub during this scene is amazing. Everything was shaking like crazy, my projector was shaking! The screen was getting blurry because of it, and the projector is BOLTED to the ceiling! That is one small similar part of what happens later, in the movie Xmen First Class during the scene I mentioned...something happened. That scene has soooo much deep intense low freq bass, my lens shift in the projector SHIFTED down! Now imagine watching something on the screen and suddenly the image drops! I seriously thought my projector fell to the floor. No, thank god, the lens shift on the Epson shook so much it moved, causing the image on the screen to drop about 6 inches. Every scene in this movie that has Magneto using his powers is a treat with this sub! Another time this happened when I was listening to the song “Maximum Excursion” by Bass Mekanik.

Tron: I actually felt sick trying to watch this movie at -10db on the AVR. So much bass going on my insides were hurting LOL.

IMAX Hubble: The space shuttle launch scene. I was getting froggy so I bumped up my AVR volume to -8db. Never I have even dared to reach that level with a sub on this scene. The count down begins, I'm smiling but yet nervous at the same time. Then the water jets kick on, butterflies are swirling in my stomach. One, ignition.......HOLY KELLY CLARKSON HANG THE **** ON!!! Just the initial ignition of the space shuttle sent chills down my spine. I have never experienced anything like this before. EVER! I don't even remember feeling anything like this in a IMAX. Granted I never saw this clip in an IMAX but WOW. Seriously, this sub scares the crap out of me! I've never seen the space shuttle launch in person but this has to be pretty close LOL. The floors, the walls, the sofa, the projector was shaking uncontrollably. I have never felt anything shake that bad in my room before. It was surreal! I need to make sure I have a sub woofer clause in my House Insurance.

Blue Man Group How to be a Megastar: This is my go to demo for music, because it has so many musical instruments and mostly percussion going on all at once. The opening scene is what I use the most, the song “Above”. The curtain drops and the music just GOES, the kick drum is just pounding. My wife said the house sounded like it had a heartbeat during this scene since she was downstairs. Then the fun part. One of the Blue Man starts banging on this GIANT drum. You would think with all the bass going on from the bass guitar and the kick drum you wouldn't be able to hear much from the giant drum. WOW once again, this things digs even DEEPER and fills the room with the deep bass with every hit along with all the other notes going on. How can this thing do that? The bass is tight and CLEAN! Just simply amazing.

Why I Swapped - To be honest I'm not a fan of the single hz bass. Yeah its like having bragging rights but what is the point if you can't play it at loud levels. I like the room shaking bass, that's why I returned the XS30 for the XV30. The XS30 could hit single digits and feel like it could pressurize the room better but it wasn't at very loud levels. The XV30 is louder in the low freq around 15-30hz and that's where the room shakes but of course the XV30 doesn't hardly hit anything in the single digits. I didn't see a point in having the single hz capabilities since not allot of sources use that frequency but allot of sources do use that frequency that shakes the room and those are the more rememberable IMO. Now the mid to higher bass the XS30 is louder but only by about 2db, really not that big of a difference....not a night and day difference. But it was a night and day difference between the 2 in the 15hz - 30hz range. I also wanted that peace of mind, that I have the biggest baddest girl on the block. Don't get me wrong though the XS30 is a great sub, like Tom said to me "it does what it does for half the size and cheaper cost". But if she was a girl then she's not my type, she's a hot girl but XV30 is more of my type.

Final Thoughts - You know when I first emailed Tom I asked for a sub that demanded respect. Like the sound of thunder, when it hits it reminds you of your childhood when you hid underneath the blankets. Something that shot fear into you, something that shook your very soul. Ladies and Gentlemen that is the XV30. This sub scares the **** out of me. It demands respect. Tom you delivered, job well done!
post #1592 of 10009
Great review! cool.gif Not only is it great to hear that the PSA subs really deliver the goods, but my respect for Mr. Vodhanel just keeps going up. I sincerely hope I have reason to one day replace my subs and do business with him and his company. cool.gif
post #1593 of 10009
Great review. I'm not ready to upgrade anytime soon but that review made me look at my wallet with my credit card in it a few times and think. After I pay off this big dental bill I got I might need to do some serious thinking....
post #1594 of 10009
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Originally Posted by capricorn kid View Post

Great review. I'm not ready to upgrade anytime soon but that review made me look at my wallet with my credit card in it a few times and think. After I pay off this big dental bill I got I might need to do some serious thinking....

Well my friend, one of the great things about PSA is you can use the PayPal service Bill Me Later for there subs. I don't want you to dig a deeper financial hole, but that is an option if you didn't know about it.
post #1595 of 10009
i originally ordered the XS30 and then changed the order to dual XV15s. After reading this review, I am wondering if I should have gone with the monstrous XV30.
Edited by atabea - 2/18/13 at 12:27pm
post #1596 of 10009
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Originally Posted by capricorn kid View Post

Great review. I'm not ready to upgrade anytime soon but that review made me look at my wallet with my credit card in it a few times and think. After I pay off this big dental bill I got I might need to do some serious thinking....

Well, when you do decide to upgrade, I would love to buy your RW-12d's. biggrin.gif
post #1597 of 10009
I saw 'The Man With the Iron Fists' this weekend and that movie has some bass in it for sure. The movie is a bit over the top, but brings me back to those old school kung fu movies, so I'll usually always enjoy them.

I did noticed that the volume of the movie played louder than all other movies at the same AVR level. I guess they recorded it like that, maybe? Anyhow, pretty much every hit, punch, kick, and move in the movie had bass to it....not sure if it was b/c of Rza and hip hop genre adding their bass styles. I think that was probably the only movie where there is bass literally all throughout the movie. Probably was overused a bit, but for those bass junkies out there, you'll probably enjoy this movie for sure if you want to give your PSA subs a nice workout! biggrin.gif
post #1598 of 10009
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Originally Posted by SmokenAshes View Post

The Smoken Review of the XV30
Thanks for taking the time to review the sub! Very informative!
post #1599 of 10009
No problem everyone about the review. Its the least I could do after what Tom has all done for me.
post #1600 of 10009
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Originally Posted by kikkoman View Post

I saw 'The Man With the Iron Fists' this weekend and that movie has some bass in it for sure. The movie is a bit over the top, but brings me back to those old school kung fu movies, so I'll usually always enjoy them.

I did noticed that the volume of the movie played louder than all other movies at the same AVR level. I guess they recorded it like that, maybe? Anyhow, pretty much every hit, punch, kick, and move in the movie had bass to it....not sure if it was b/c of Rza and hip hop genre adding their bass styles. I think that was probably the only movie where there is bass literally all throughout the movie. Probably was overused a bit, but for those bass junkies out there, you'll probably enjoy this movie for sure if you want to give your PSA subs a nice workout! biggrin.gif

Couldn't agree with you more on this movie, watched it a few weeks ago. Lots of good bass in it for shaking your butt BUT I came away after the movie thinking it was over used as well. The XV15 didn't mind it though.
post #1601 of 10009
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Originally Posted by Reefdvr27 View Post

Great mid bass slam!! I have them in a very large room. 23X30 and opens into a kitchen and another large opening to a hallway. As I have said in numerous post that I love these subs and they have gave me the bass I want. Also the fact that Tom and Jim are pro's and should be on the cover of customer service!! I say go for the dual XV-30's, you will love em.

Did you stack them or do you have them on opposite sides of the room? Do you have any photos of them in place that you'd be willing to share with us?
post #1602 of 10009


All done on my phone. What do you guys think?

And yes that's me....
post #1603 of 10009
Cool.
post #1604 of 10009
Now with preposterous amounts of testosterone--PREPOSTERONE!!!!

(Respect to all the people who serve--but I couldn't resist wink.gif)
post #1605 of 10009
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Originally Posted by SmokenAshes View Post

The Smoken Review of the XV30

Hello Ladies and Gents, sorry it has been so long since I last posted any impressions on the forums. But I've been going through a lot with work and other personal things. But I am finally here to give my impressions and review on the XV30. Now for a disclaimer, I am no way an expert on subs. I do not have any measuring devices or SPL meters or anything the like just my trusty ear. Now according to the Navy I've had perfect hearing for 11 years straight now, so I do trust my ear LOL. So most of my review is nothing but In My Opinion. Now I am a hard guy to please when it comes to something that cost a lot of money. To me if I'm going to spend a good amount, it damn well better impress me. With that being said, lets get on with it.

Ordering & Customer Service – PSA Customer Service is unmatched. Tom always goes out of his way to help you as the consumer in any way possible. After numerous emails Tom suggested to me the XS30, but not having the funds to pay for it upfront I had to wait. Then my wife ordered the XS30 for me as a secret using the Paypal Bill Me Later service, but after some detective work I figured it out. You know when you were a little kid and wanted to know what your parents got you for Christmas, snooping around in their closets trying to find the stash. Yeah that was me, but only online.
Now some of you know that I actually returned the XS30 for the XV30. Later I'll explain why but for now I'm going over the customer service. The experience on returning the XS30 was probably the easiest and stress free thing I had ever done. This is how it went down. After talking with Tom some more I decided I wanted to return it for the XV30, he says no problem well send a box with straps in it to secure the XS30 shipping box back to the pallet. I was like umm, Tom I don't think I have that pallet anymore. The carrier service actually took it back with them, I didn't know I was suppose to keep it. No problem, Tom said just find any regular pallet and that should work. Too easy, went to a local farmer store and asked if they had any pallets I could have. The guy took me to the back and a mountain of pallets were sitting there. Awesome I said. Grabbed one and off I was. Meanwhile as I was waiting for the box of straps I was talking to Tom and asked him what the turnaround might be for the XV30. He gave me the lowdown of maybe a week after I ship out the XS30 because they'll have to wait for the XS30 then they'll send the new XV30 back to me. I was kind of bummed because I wanted the XV30 for the Superbowl party I was having. Fast forward and I emailed Tom saying I got the XS30 ready to go. He said he'll email me back on some more info on regards of the carrier service. He kind of sounded busy in the email. Thinking no problem, I know this guy has to be a pretty busy for the outstanding customer service he supplies. He emails me back this message.

“Hi Ryan,
Here's the update:
1)The new XV30 shipped today. PRO number 4009xxxxx
http://www.rlcarriers.com/shiptrace.asp
2)Our intention is to have RL pick up the XS30 from you when they drop off the new XV30 (should be 2 or 3 days to you from Ohio). Is that acceptable?”

Wait what? I said to myself. Is that acceptable....hes asking me if thats acceptable? I was actually speechless. Instead of waiting to receive my XS30 he shipped out the XV30 ahead of schedule and just do a swap when the carrier gets here. This is unheard of! Never in my life have I seen such customer service! Tom, I'd take a bullet for you.

I also want to add that the carrier truck drivers are extremely nice and helpful says my wife. Thats an A+ in my book.

Build Quality – After taking off the top portion of the box revealing the sub underneath, all I could do was laugh. It is MONSTROUS! My friend who helped me said it best “I love the overkill factor” seriously it is a beast. I love it! I had to unbox it in the garage then carry it through the house then upstairs to my home theater. Weighing in at 158lbs you can see where I'm going with this. My friend and I took a couple breaks on the way up the stairs. But I do have to say this thing is SOLID! There was no bowing or anything when lifting it up by the platform. Everything on this sub is solid. Also the port in the back, LOL, I could stick my arm inside it! Its that massive! Everything about this sub is overkill, and thats why I love it!
The finish is great, in my low lighting of a room you can't see really any sheen to it. Also its tucked in the corner so when I have the projector going you don't see any reflections. Moving around on the carpet actually seemed not that hard at all. I haven't looked but I don't think there any rubber feet on the bottom. When I had the XS30 it was a pain to move on the carpet because of the rubber feet. But the XV30 seemed to slide really easy on the carpet. Granted your still pushing nearly 160lbs but it was still easier than the 111lbs XS30.

Sound – Ok, now on to the meat and potatoes of the XV30. I set this puppy up in the corner, ran YPAO (I don't think it really helps other than getting the distance to the LP) then I set the gain on the back of the sub to about 2 o'clock and the gain on the AVR to +3db. Then on to my favorite scenes and movies.

Total Recall: The sweeps at the beginning of the movie sound freaking outstanding! Starts off high and rolls down the frequencies. Sounds so crisp and beefy at the same time. Like a giant was grabbing my room within his hands and shaking it softly then immediately hard. Another scene I was testing out was during the Fall near the end of the movie. There is a lot of mid to high bass during this portion so I wanted to see if the XV30 matched the XS30 in this department. Sure enough it did. There is this one part right before Quaid places the charges on the machine there is a LOUD thump when he walks into this area avoiding the patrols. If your not expecting it (like I wasn't) it WILL scare the holy hell out of you. It is LOUD! Now during the Fall as the machine is traveling through the tunnel, the amount of mid bass slam factor going on is nuts. My back literally feels like I just got out of a vibrating chair from the mall. I am not exaggerating either.

How To Train Your Dragon: There are 2 chapters that I always go to when I'm calibrating my subs. Chapters 9 and 15. Chapter 9 is when Hiccup is first riding Toothless with his complete getup and cheat sheet. Right off the bat you can almost feel the wind blowing through Hiccup's hair from the XV30. Its subtle but yet you can feel it and I love that. Another reason why I choose this scene is when Hiccup's cheat sheet goes flying he has no choice but to use his instinct to fly through the rocks with the help of Toothless. This portion I use because if you have a great sub and great speakers you can feel the subsonic waves coming from different directions instead of just feeling it come from the corner. The last rock that Hiccup fly’s over goes underneath him, and the rumble that you get from the sub ACTUALLY feels like your going over it. Its almost like a 4D effect. The other chapter is Chapter 15, when the Queen Dragon bursts out of the mountain. This part is full of that room shaking bass, the low freq kind. When I had the XS30 I was actually some what disappointed in this scene. I didn't feel that room shaking bass that I have felt before. I tried different settings on the XS30, different positions and such...nothing, didn't feel it like I was used to. This was one small reason why I returned the XS30. Now its the XV30's turn. WOW! The XV30 shakes the room in spades and keeps on delivering and never slowing down. Thats one thing I noticed about the XV30, you can keep pushing it and it will just keep getting louder and not lose its headroom. I noticed the XS30 would lose its low freq headroom slightly the more you push it. The XV30 just stops getting louder but keeps its composer. The battle scene between Toothless and the Queen was freaking intense!!! When you have your speakers in perfect harmony with your sub, magic happens. When they are both on the same level of volume, its really something to experience. Like I said its almost like a 4D effect, magic happens in front of you, its almost like you can reach out and touch the sounds in front of you. The explosion scene aka the Queen crashing. This is where my HSU VTF3 MK4 bottomed out every time. Not the XV30, nope. It laughs at the scene and keeps going!

War of the Worlds & Xmen First Class: I'm putting both of these movies in the same paragraph. Why? Let me tell you. Two scenes did something to my room that has never happened before and actually made me lose my breath. The pod scene and the Magneto levitating the dead Sebastian out of the submarine scene. First the pod scene, was unreal! My HSU VTF3 MK4 could not handle this scene at the volume I wanted it to be at. The XV30 just kept going, my wife was screaming at me from downstairs to turn it down. Thats when you know you got something good! The amount of bass pouring out of the sub during this scene is amazing. Everything was shaking like crazy, my projector was shaking! The screen was getting blurry because of it, and the projector is BOLTED to the ceiling! That is one small similar part of what happens later, in the movie Xmen First Class during the scene I mentioned...something happened. That scene has soooo much deep intense low freq bass, my lens shift in the projector SHIFTED down! Now imagine watching something on the screen and suddenly the image drops! I seriously thought my projector fell to the floor. No, thank god, the lens shift on the Epson shook so much it moved, causing the image on the screen to drop about 6 inches. Every scene in this movie that has Magneto using his powers is a treat with this sub! Another time this happened when I was listening to the song “Maximum Excursion” by Bass Mekanik.

Tron: I actually felt sick trying to watch this movie at -10db on the AVR. So much bass going on my insides were hurting LOL.

IMAX Hubble: The space shuttle launch scene. I was getting froggy so I bumped up my AVR volume to -8db. Never I have even dared to reach that level with a sub on this scene. The count down begins, I'm smiling but yet nervous at the same time. Then the water jets kick on, butterflies are swirling in my stomach. One, ignition.......HOLY KELLY CLARKSON HANG THE **** ON!!! Just the initial ignition of the space shuttle sent chills down my spine. I have never experienced anything like this before. EVER! I don't even remember feeling anything like this in a IMAX. Granted I never saw this clip in an IMAX but WOW. Seriously, this sub scares the crap out of me! I've never seen the space shuttle launch in person but this has to be pretty close LOL. The floors, the walls, the sofa, the projector was shaking uncontrollably. I have never felt anything shake that bad in my room before. It was surreal! I need to make sure I have a sub woofer clause in my House Insurance.

Blue Man Group How to be a Megastar: This is my go to demo for music, because it has so many musical instruments and mostly percussion going on all at once. The opening scene is what I use the most, the song “Above”. The curtain drops and the music just GOES, the kick drum is just pounding. My wife said the house sounded like it had a heartbeat during this scene since she was downstairs. Then the fun part. One of the Blue Man starts banging on this GIANT drum. You would think with all the bass going on from the bass guitar and the kick drum you wouldn't be able to hear much from the giant drum. WOW once again, this things digs even DEEPER and fills the room with the deep bass with every hit along with all the other notes going on. How can this thing do that? The bass is tight and CLEAN! Just simply amazing.

Why I Swapped - To be honest I'm not a fan of the single hz bass. Yeah its like having bragging rights but what is the point if you can't play it at loud levels. I like the room shaking bass, that's why I returned the XS30 for the XV30. The XS30 could hit single digits and feel like it could pressurize the room better but it wasn't at very loud levels. The XV30 is louder in the low freq around 15-30hz and that's where the room shakes but of course the XV30 doesn't hardly hit anything in the single digits. I didn't see a point in having the single hz capabilities since not allot of sources use that frequency but allot of sources do use that frequency that shakes the room and those are the more rememberable IMO. Now the mid to higher bass the XS30 is louder but only by about 2db, really not that big of a difference....not a night and day difference. But it was a night and day difference between the 2 in the 15hz - 30hz range. I also wanted that peace of mind, that I have the biggest baddest girl on the block. Don't get me wrong though the XS30 is a great sub, like Tom said to me "it does what it does for half the size and cheaper cost". But if she was a girl then she's not my type, she's a hot girl but XV30 is more of my type.

Final Thoughts - You know when I first emailed Tom I asked for a sub that demanded respect. Like the sound of thunder, when it hits it reminds you of your childhood when you hid underneath the blankets. Something that shot fear into you, something that shook your very soul. Ladies and Gentlemen that is the XV30. This sub scares the **** out of me. It demands respect. Tom you delivered, job well done!

Excellent review !
Did your test the T-Rex scene from Jurassic park with glass of water ? If yes, could you please post your impressions ?
post #1606 of 10009
Nah, that was actually done on the super lycan from Underworld Awakening back on my HSU. I found that method to be actually flawed because too many variables change with a different sub.
post #1607 of 10009
They ship to Canada?
post #1608 of 10009
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Originally Posted by Scottyp3 View Post

They ship to Canada?

Yep! They do, via Fedex. Give Tom a call or email him for details.
post #1609 of 10009
Watched Skyfall this weekend and it sounded awesome. Lots of deep LFE explosions.


Also watched the 2nd Harry Potter movie with my wife and daughter at -15. Wife was sitting on the couch with the 3 XV15's. She said it was like a Disney ride as the couch was moving so much. Of course once my daughter heard this I had to play those scene see over and over and over.
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Really enjoying my XS30 so far. Haven't found the optimal place for it just yet though. I had it in a corner for the first 3 days, and sub 50hz stuff was making my foundation crack, but there seemed to be some pretty bad nulls that killed mid-bass punch and some of the lower stuff seemed a little boomy, even after running Audyssey. Right now I have it about 6 inches from the wall to the inside of my front-right speaker, and while the overall output isn't as high, the response seems smoother, mid-bass packs a wallop and it just sounds cleaner altogether. These are the only 2 spots I've tried though. Hopefully this Saturday will allow me the opportunity to hunt down the optimal location, even though I'm already perfectly happy with it.
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Really enjoying my XS30 so far. Haven't found the optimal place for it just yet though. I had it in a corner for the first 3 days, and sub 50hz stuff was making my foundation crack, but there seemed to be some pretty bad nulls that killed mid-bass punch and some of the lower stuff seemed a little boomy, even after running Audyssey. Right now I have it about 6 inches from the wall to the inside of my front-right speaker, and while the overall output isn't as high, the response seems smoother, mid-bass packs a wallop and it just sounds cleaner altogether. These are the only 2 spots I've tried though. Hopefully this Saturday will allow me the opportunity to hunt down the optimal location, even though I'm already perfectly happy with it.

REW.

Just sayin'. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by ttnuagmada View Post

Really enjoying my XS30 so far. Haven't found the optimal place for it just yet though. I had it in a corner for the first 3 days, and sub 50hz stuff was making my foundation crack, but there seemed to be some pretty bad nulls that killed mid-bass punch and some of the lower stuff seemed a little boomy, even after running Audyssey. Right now I have it about 6 inches from the wall to the inside of my front-right speaker, and while the overall output isn't as high, the response seems smoother, mid-bass packs a wallop and it just sounds cleaner altogether. These are the only 2 spots I've tried though. Hopefully this Saturday will allow me the opportunity to hunt down the optimal location, even though I'm already perfectly happy with it.
You are definitely doing the right thing by moving the Sub around until you get that optimal placement. I had a similar issue when I originally placed my sub in the front left corner. My listening position was in a null and the bass sounded a bit boomy. I moved the sub to a nearfield placement and that has rid the nulls and the bass is no longer boomy. My only problem now is that I still have some localization issues at the lower frequencies. I have been reading what Craig John has been saying about playing with the Audyssey distance setting for my sub to improve the localization. I still need to read up on it some more. Congrats on your XS30!
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Hello peeps ,

I need help here. I recently bought a psa xv15 with pioneer fs52 fronts and matching center for surrounds I'm using my onkyo ht-3400 HTIB speakers for now. I just bought the denon avr 1712 . I haven't messed with audyssey yet but I wanted to hear my xv15 real quick, so I set all speakers to small and crossovet to 80zh as people recommended and for some reason when I tried playing music I can barely hear bass on my xv15 but its not pounding how people say it should... im not the smartest guy when it comes own to receivers. Im pretty sure I'm doing something wrong on my receiver settings :-\ ... Plz help ..... Thanks
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Hello peeps ,

I need help here. I recently bought a psa xv15 with pioneer fs52 fronts and matching center for surrounds I'm using my onkyo ht-3400 HTIB speakers for now. I just bought the denon avr 1712 . I haven't messed with audyssey yet but I wanted to hear my xv15 real quick, so I set all speakers to small and crossovet to 80zh as people recommended and for some reason when I tried playing music I can barely hear bass on my xv15 but its not pounding how people say it should... im not the smartest guy when it comes own to receivers. Im pretty sure I'm doing something wrong on my receiver settings :-\ ... Plz help ..... Thanks
I think most will recommend you run Audyssey to get the better sound. In the meantime, make sure your gain setting is set to around the 2 o'clock position. Also, what kind of content are you listening to?
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I think most will recommend you run Audyssey to get the better sound. In the meantime, make sure your gain setting is set to around the 2 o'clock position. Also, what kind of content are you listening to?
I will run audyssey when I get home from work. I did have gain set around 2 o'clock. I'm using unlimited music on my ps3...
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I will run audyssey when I get home from work. I did have gain set around 2 o'clock. I'm using unlimited music on my ps3...
I would recommend throwing in a blu ray or something with better sound quality (just assuming unlimited music is streaming content). I did the same thing as you. Hooked up my sub, threw on some Pandora and was a little bit disappointed too. Trust me, its not the sub its the content you are playing. Also, your Denon receiver has the Restorer function. Use one of those setting for the streaming content as it will "fill in" some of the compressed content to make it sound fuller. What kind of sub did you come from? I came from a much inferior JBL sub that just went boom boom. The flatter response on these subs may take a little time to get used to if you are coming from something far inferior. So to recap, play some better bluray content be it movies or music blu rays and give that a whirl.
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Originally Posted by walke108 View Post

I would recommend throwing in a blu ray or something with better sound quality (just assuming unlimited music is streaming content). I did the same thing as you. Hooked up my sub, threw on some Pandora and was a little bit disappointed too. Trust me, its not the sub its the content you are playing. Also, your Denon receiver has the Restorer function. Use one of those setting for the streaming content as it will "fill in" some of the compressed content to make it sound fuller. What kind of sub did you come from? I came from a much inferior JBL sub that just went boom boom. The flatter response on these subs may take a little time to get used to if you are coming from something far inferior. So to recap, play some better bluray content be it movies or music blu rays and give that a whirl.
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Originally Posted by walke108 View Post

I think most will recommend you run Audyssey to get the better sound. In the meantime, make sure your gain setting is set to around the 2 o'clock position. Also, what kind of content are you listening to?
I will run audyssey when I get home from work. I did have gain set around 2 o'clock. I'm using unlimited music on my ps3...

I will def put In a blu ray movi hopefully that will change, but I honestly think I'm doing something wrong on my receiver. Man I'm coming from an entry level 8inch onkyo sub this liittle thing is a toy compare to this monster lol.
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Originally Posted by goalsnine View Post


I will run audyssey when I get home from work. I did have gain set around 2 o'clock. I'm using unlimited music on my ps3...

I will def put In a blu ray movi hopefully that will change, but I honestly think I'm doing something wrong on my receiver. Man I'm coming from an entry level 8inch onkyo sub this liittle thing is a toy compare to this monster lol.

You are. You didn't run Audyssey. biggrin.gifwink.gif
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You are. You didn't run Audyssey. biggrin.gifwink.gif

I agree with this. I don't post here often but I also have an XS30. Running Audyssey made a world of diference (really), at least in my case. I would suggest you do the same first.
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I agree with this. I don't post here often but I also have an XS30. Running Audyssey made a world of diference (really), at least in my case. I would suggest you do the same first.
I sure will run audyssey .... I just need work to hurryup!
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