Finally, my TV36 ipal showed up in good condition with no damage from the shipping company!
I had a buddy of mine come over last night to help me get it out of the box and set it in place. The s.o.b. is HUGE! However, it slides on the carpet with ease using carpet sliders. I calibrated it with an SPL meter to run around 7-8 dB hot. This is the same set up as my previous sub, a JTR2400. It should be noted that the 2400 is an awesome sub in its own right. I don’t have REW. The TV36 is also in the same location as my previous sub. See pics below for the before and after pics.
My theater set up is in my living room. The room is around 17’x15’x9’ with only 3 walls. The room is open to the kitchen and entry hall, and the kitchen is then open to the family room. Basically, my sub needs to pressurize the entire house. I use my system for 99% HT and TV.
First off, I’ve only had enough time to run some short movie clips. Some of the movie clips I ran were Flight of the Phoenix (crash scene), WOTW (storm/pod emergence scene), U-571 (depth charge scene), Aquaman (various scenes), The Accountant (final attack scene), Jumanji 2 (helicopter with rhinos scene), Jurassic Park (T-rex breaking out scene), Bohemian Rhapsody (Live Aid Concert), and The Eagles, Hell Freezes Over DVD.
The sub is beautifully finished and looks awesome. Not that the JTR doesn’t look good, but I prefer the finish on the PSA’s just a tad bit more. The amp controls are easy to use, I just wish they were located near the top of the sub instead of the bottom so I could reach them better. That being said, I understand why they are located near the bottom. When the sub powers on, it is pretty quiet vs. the JTR which has a pretty loud click when it comes on. Not a big deal, just different. As others have mentioned, there is a very faint hum on the TV36 that is audible if you place your ear within a foot of the sub with nothing playing. It’s not a big deal though. The JTR is a little quieter.
The TV36 is tight, clean, clear and powerful. The kick drum at the beginning of Bohemian Rhapsody (opening song at Live Aid concert) thumped me in my chest. The WOTW scenes were powerful and strong. The tactile response and ULF is very good, just as good as the 2400. That being said, my 2400 is a very powerful sub in its own right, and is an awesome sub. To me, in some scenes, it was difficult to notice a difference between the two subs. For example, the 2400 thumps me in the chest during Bohemian Rhapsody as well. Music sounds great (at least on the two DVD’s I’ve listened to).
But there is a difference, and for me, Aquaman was where I noticed the difference the most. Aquaman is a full-on bass delight when it comes to movies. When I first watched Aquaman with my 2400 there were times when I thought the bass was just a little too much. With the TV36 the bass is still there, but it just seems to be more refined, and less in your face. It’s as if there is a more refined multi-dimensional bass hitting you all at the same time at different octaves vs. just one loud single dimension of bass with the 2400. As others have said, it is very difficult to explain.
Those on this thread know Tom’s reputation for CS. I consider myself lucky that my 2400 was built before all of the amp issues arose. It would have sucked to try to deal with that. Then I had my shipping woes with the TV36. Tom was all over it, and even did something for me to compensate me for my troubles. There aren’t many companies out there that treat you as Tom does. This alone means a lot to me.
Both subs are awesome. It is very difficult at times to tell the difference between the two subs. Anyone would be a winner with either one of these subs. My biggest initial concern with the TV36 was would it dig down low as the 2400 does. The answer is yes. I was also looking for more mid-bass punch from the TV36 vs. the 2400. The jury is still out on this as I just haven’t had enough time to play around with it yet. But the biggest difference to me so far is the three-dimensional bass others have described. I’ll try to describe it another way. It’s as if the TV36 creates bass that is in stereo, while the 2400 creates bass in mono. It’s not a huge difference between the two, but it is noticeable. Last but not least, with the TV36 you don’t have to worry about anything as long as Tom is around. If anything should happen, you can rest assured that you will be taken care of in a timely manner. In the end, I’ll be keeping the TV36 ipal and selling the JTR2400.