Okay, I'm back with my first impressions of the TV36 iPal:
First... these things are pretty big. But this was the easiest set up I'ver done. Everything went right which is really nice considering what I went through back in February. I plugged everything in and turned on the system and... music to my ears... there was no ground loop hum, everything was as silent as could be. I expected this would be the case because I've never had a ground loop hum with PSA subs and their ICE amps but after what I experienced with the Speakerpower amps in the other subs back in February I still held my breath for a minute.
My goal was to set up the subs the same way I had V3601 and the 2400ULF's set up. This way I could do some sort of comparison as best as I could. Let me qualify everything by saying I'm very familiar with the V3601's but I had very limited time with the 2400ULFs so my memory of what they were like is not all that great. Some things stand out but it's limited I'm sure. I placed the TV36's exactly where I had my past subs, ran Audyssey with the room correction in the middle and then set them to large afterwards. Finally I set the trims 6dB hot. So far that's all I've done. Nothing fancy, I have not run REW so I have no idea what the current response looks like but I know what the response was like with other subs in those locations in the past so I have a good idea.
I jumped right to movie demos first and circled back to music later. I played the well known bass scenes from War of the Worlds, Oblivion, BR 2049, Ender's Game, WWZ, John Wick, 13 Hours, The Force Awakens (I may be forgetting a few). So what do I think... Simply put I feel like I'm hearing bass differently than I've ever heard it before... and loving it!
These subs are tight and clean and clear and powerful and pressurize the room with an intensity different than I've ever heard before. While TV36 pressurizes the room with ULF in a similar manner to the 2400ULF it does so with a different sound signature. They both fill the room with all encompassing bass but their presence is not the same. I remember describing the 2400ULF's presence as ominous, which I really liked. Well the TV36 is not omnious but it is intense and powerful. I was flailing for words to describe it... then my oldest daughter said something that I think describes it really well, she described the bass as being like chocolate. "I said chocolate?" And she said, "Yes... it's rich and smooth." And that really is a good way of describing it. My youngest daughter described the pressure of the ULF as like being underwater with the bass flowing through you. Both of those are accurate.
But there is a lot more to these subs than low tuning and ULF capability. The mid-bass on these subs is something else all together. They seem to have more mid-bass than the V3601's and it's different. With a little extra nudge on the volume I started feeling light chest slam (no subs have ever given me that in my room before). And the tactile response from these subs is far beyond any sub I've ever had. My daughter looked at me and said: Dad! I can feel my chair shaking!" And I had to remind people at times that I didn't have the Crowsons on because the couch shook pretty good in some scenes.
Before I even played any music I already knew from the movie soundtracks that it was going to be very good. And it was. I played my normal Jazz and Rock and since I'm tired of writing I will simply say that these subs made music sound the best I've ever heard.
So all in all I'll just simply say (to me) the TV36 creates an atmosphere that encompasses you in a deep rich smooth intense bass that I found totally addicting... I couldn't stop playing demo scenes. I'll add this, the bass is so clean you get lost in it and I noticed bass I've never noticed before in some scenes. I don't know how else to describe it. And think about this, everyone in my family likes these subs and everyone in my family noticed the difference from all my past subs. Think about it... I live in a house with a wife and three daughters. Women don't tend to pick up on this type of stuff but they did with these.
Was it worth the wait? Every minute of it!
Okay... I'm going to go watch TRON with the family.