Originally Posted by Dave Ol
I need some help with a decision on the TV36ipal from you guys. Late last year I purchased a JTR 2400 (not the ULF version) to replace my SVS SB16. I was looking for something with a little more umph down low, but at the same time didn’t want to sacrifice too much mid bass chest pump. All the talk on AVS was how good the 2400 was, which it is, and is why I chose this sub. The purchase was a definite upgrade, but as they say, there is no free lunch. I’m sure I am giving up a little mid-range bass by using a sub that is tuned down to 10 hz. Now Tom is coming out with the TV36 series of subs. By what I have read, these subs will dig low (although maybe not as low as the 2400) but still offer the mid-range bass that PSA subs are known for.
I don’t consider myself a bass head, but just want a sub that can go low as well as slam my chest when those 50 cal guns go off. I really love the 2400, but I will always wonder what I am missing, if anything, in the mid-bass area.
I don’t have a dedicated home theater. My set up is in my living room, and I have an open floor plan. There are only three walls in my room, with the other side open to the kitchen, hallway and family room. I am 98% home theater. I watch movies at around -22 to -25 MV and I have my sub set hot at around +8. I don’t have room for more than one sub. I have a matching set of MTM-210's for my LCR. If I decide to move forward, I would most likely go with the ipal version just so I don’t second guess myself down the line.
Thoughts from the group?
Curiosity is a powerful thing, and it's hard to stop it by telling it no. Most of us may not feel quite that kind of pull, if we are entirely satisfied with what we have. This is one of those times that I would probably advocate just going for it, and I agree with you about trying the iPal version. If you can afford to buy the PSA sub, without selling your JTR sub, you will be able to do a head-to-head comparison in your room.
Based on what you have said, and on what I expect from that sub, I think that the iPal will outperform the JTR sub for your purposes. And, it may outperform the smaller Cap 2400 in all respects. If it does, you can then sell the Cap 2400 with no regrets. If by chance it didn't, you would only be out return shipping on the TV36.
It also occurred to me that, by taking advantage of the pre-order pricing, you could probably sell the TV36 to someone else for about what you paid for it, including shipping. I haven't done the math, but that's certainly a possibility. It seems like a pretty no-risk proposition to me. Based on the combination of curiosity and mid-bass interest, I believe that I would do this, if I were you.