Now for part two, Dual s3601 vs dual SB16 Ultras.
I took the s3601s on a little road trip down to my brother’s house who also has dual SB16 Ultras for some more testing and a shootout against the SVS. This space is acoustically untreated and smaller in comparison to mines
All settings and equipment were similar to what was used in “PSA s3601 Testing – Part1”. Only different were the fronts, which were paradigm Signature series speakers.
As far as music listening goes, again there was a clear and distinct difference, the S3601s were simply more powerful, with its rich enveloping sound. In my opinion, it handled that upper bass way better as well with its clear precise reproduction. The SVS did not fare as badly as the Sub 2, but it still lagged behind.
As far as movies, man oh man, the gap widened significantly. We ran the same test scenes which were “13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Take out that Tactical!” and “The Martian – Deceleration”. Whiles the SVS did not disappoint, it was simply outgunned.
We had to crank up the volume way higher when the SVS were hooked up to see if it would close the gap “-22 for PSA, -15 for SVS”, but it still was not enough, this eventually ended up landing us in trouble.
We accidentally forgot the volume was cranked up higher for the SVS, hooked up the S3601s, pressed play, which almost lead to us destroying the house and our eardrums along with it, I literally almost soiled my pants! However, I am grateful that the ringing in my ears eventually went away after 20 minutes or so
We also did some listening without the Anti-Mode connected, and it seems that the Sub sounded even better “Maybe the anthem gave us all that we needed and the anti-mode were not required in this case?” The quality amp on the S3601 may also have a play here as well along with room characteristics. I'll run the test in my space without the Anti-Mode to see if I get similar results.
The S3601s are simple an impressive piece of hardware, and its price point coupled with its longer than usual warranty, its really doing my head in, its not computing!
but it is what it is, we had another independent listener come over as well to give his opinions, everyone was thoroughly impressed
At the end of the testing, the results are my brother telling me to come back in a months’ time to collect my subs, whiles he tries to sell the SVS and buy a pair of S3601s.