Originally Posted by Cal68
Does anyone know if there is an article/review comparing the PB-16 Ultra and the Powersound Audio V3600i? There is a thread on AVS comparing the PB-13 Ultra to the V3600i, but I was wondering if anyone had written a similar comparison with the PB-16 Ultra. Thanks.
I haven't seen any direct comparisons, but I think that I could make some observations which would be reasonably valid. First, the V3600i, with it's dual 18" woofers is inherently a much more powerful sub. SVS's ported Ultras are intended to be tuned low for maximum performance, and the PB16 has about 4db more output than the PB13 from about 35Hz down. From about 30Hz or 35Hz down, the PB16 in extended mode, would compare favorably with the V3600i. In fact, they should be pretty well neck-and-neck. But, from about 35Hz and up the PSA sub would be capable of creating far
If you were trying to decide between the two, the PSA sub would give you more overall output for your money. I am fortunate enough to be able to have multiple PB16's, so I don't lack for any output, at any frequency. And, I like the fact that, when I really crank my subs, I am getting relatively more low bass than I am mid-bass. But, most people probably would value having the additional mid-bass that the V3600i can supply, while still being able to go low.
There can be a lot of reasons to select a particular subwoofer. And, in my opinion, any of them can sound good, so I'm not sure there is much to choose from, in that respect. They are all designed by people who know what they are doing. But, if you are picking a sub, based mainly on output, then either the V3600i, or the Cap 1400, will have more overall output, throughout the subwoofer frequency range, than the PB16.
I may sound as if I am trying to discourage you from buying a PB16, and I don't mean to do that. I like mine very much, and the simple fact is that relatively few people who buy a really powerful ported sub ever find its output limits. Most people just don't listen that loud, with that much sub boost. But, I did want to give you an honest answer regarding comparative output.