S3000i, 15s, and S1500
S3000i, 15S, and S1500
So I finally thought I’d chime in (have only once when I initially was purchasing my first PSA subs). At the end of the summer (2015) I decided it was time to upgrade the subs in our media room, which did not have a very low extension (dropped off quickly under 20 Hz – which was great for music but lacking in a lot of movies which had much lower bass). I went through a lot of threads here on AVS covering different subs (and corresponding manufacture web sites for more info). There are a lot of great companies out there but I finally decided on PSA because of members’ constant testimonials on quality, price to performance ratio, and customer service.
So, after some PM’s and emails with Tom, I decided on a pair of S3000is. He was extremely helpful in making my decision. I have always preferred the sound of sealed subs, especially for music. I received them at the beginning of the fall but was not able to integrate them into my system until October (very busy schedule like many here). When I did, it was shocking how good they were/are!!! We (family) could not believe what we were missing on a lot of movies. Incredible extension, very solid sounding, and a LOT of headroom (there was no strain at all – except for the house, many things were rattling…).
I did calibrate the room with Audyssey Pro (have used this kit for quite a while now and like the results). It does a great job, but I wanted to get the bass a bit flatter (although I understand that I probably wouldn’t hear the difference). This was just based on the graphs created by Audyssey Pro, but I do need to pull out REW or OmniMic one of these days (have both, and have run them in the past). As in just about everyone’s rooms, there are always some issues. Mine is a room node at ~50 Hz and some room modes that are easily taken care of. I decided to look at the Anti-Mode 2.0 since there was one on sale at PSA (a B-Stock unit). I purchased it, but did not plug it in until a couple weeks later. When I did, it just didn’t power up. This was on the weekend. I emailed Sunday night after 7pm and got a response the nest morning shortly after 7am from Tom. He had another unit ready to send out to replace the one I had, with a return label. Talk about extremely quick service and resolve of the issue. I’ve never experienced customer service like this before. I received the new one a few days later. Since it was a new one and not a B-stock, I offered to pay the difference, but Tom said he would have it taken care of.
This customer service, which is really second to none (I know there are some others out there, but few and far between) really made me a believer in PSA and of course the products ‘speak’ for themselves – incredible value for the money!
We watched quite a few movies and are so impressed every time! This make me think that our other subs in other rooms were lacking, quite a bit and because of my experience with PSA and Tom (I had not dealt with Jim yet, but noticed he and been doing the mailing prep). So I figured it was time to change out other subs in the house, 3 different rooms. Two of the subs need to be smaller and one of those needed to be kid proof – my son is very good with his things, but his friends can be another story. Because of this, I decided to go with the 15S for his room (figured down-firing would be safer), the S1500 for our bedroom (small enough for WAF) and another S3000i for my office (used for editing video/audio).
The S3000i and the 15S have arrived (been installed for a week now). Still waiting on the S1500 since I requested a Black Ash finish (same as on all the S3000is, incredible finish – furniture grade and beautiful). The 15S has the Satin Black texture, which is actually very attractive and appears quite durable.
Disclaimer here, all of the rooms are quite small (we call our house the Little Media Packed House -all), running 12’ x 13’ x 8’ ceilings. So, it doesn’t take much to pressurize them. I only had experience with the S3000i so far, and it was a pair of them in a dedicated media room. The single S3000i in my editing room was no slouch, again producing absolutely clean, solid bass down to the lowest registers. So when it came to the 15S, I was wondering how it would hold up against the S3000i. I have to say, it’s quite impressive! Very deep, solid bass with great impact and effortless production. I have to say it’s actually more than enough sub for these rooms. The S3000i has a bit more Slam, but the 15S does not fall very far behind. I highly recommend this sub – incredible price and great performance. If you have a very large room though, I’d look toward one of the larger subs. I actually looked at the S3600i, but for our rooms, there probably wouldn’t be a noticeable difference. And, in the media room, I’ve always preferred using two subs (and 2 S300i’s are already pushing the limit on fitting in). They are placed at 1/4 and 3/4 the width of the room (best place when testing previous subs). The other subs are placed likewise (15S at 1/4 space and the single S3000i at 1/2 space). The S1500 will be in a corner though, the only place in the bedroom that will fit and accepted by my wife. I’m not fond of corner loading subs, but will just have to work it in.
Again, I can’t say more about the customer service provided by Tom V and his company. PSA is very impressive and I can’t believe they can run it all here in the USA. Other’s need to follow suit! By the way, I did purchase 3 PSA shirts shortly after the first 3000i purchases, but won’t be sporting a pic. Not after Zeus showed his (his arms are as big as my legs…). A complement to you Zeus! You probably don’t need any help moving these large subs around. I proudly wear mine though and many friends ask what PSA is. Of course, I fill them in and have them over for a listen. Hopefully they'll be in line to replace some of their subs.
When I have the time, I'll get some measurements done and posted here. Thanks for all of you that participate in this thread, all the info swayed my initial decision to go with PSA and Tom of course locked me in to getting more with such great service!