Originally Posted by basshead81
Oh for sure...and I need to edit my previous post. It's a 1:1 ratio below 30hz between the V3601 & S7201 in the 16-30hz, and 2:1 ratio in favor of the S7201 above 30hz. I think overall the S7201 is going to sound significantly more powerful with 90% of source material.
This brings up a really good point about output. When we start talking about one sub's output over another sub's output one key concept needs to be remembered... it really doesn't matter all that much unless you're actually pushing your current sub towards it's limits.
For instance, the S7201 has a 2:1 ratio over the V3601 above 30 Hz. But lets say you have a 1700 cuft room, you watch movies at -20 MV and run your sub 3 dB hot. So you're far below reference, your room isn't large, and your listening habits are tame.
You're not coming close to approaching the limits of the V3601 in any frequency range above 17 Hz and you have effortless bass with lots of headroom. Trading in a V3601 for a S7201 would be foolish because it wouldn't result in you seeing the benefit of the 2:1 ratio. There wouldn't be any appreciable increase in the bass because the V3601 wasn't close to approaching it's limits.
Now let's say your room is 6000 cuft, you watch movies between -10 to -8 MV and run your subs 10 db hot. That V3601 is probably getting pushed and losing headroom. Now that trade in may result in noticeable benefits.
Am I missing anything here? Someone correct me if I'm wrong. And the above is purely based on output above the V3601's port tune. Not sound signature of ported vs. sealed and not extension.
Anyway, this is important to think about when one considers upgrading to more powerful subs.