Originally Posted by Sekosche
I haven’t seen Jeff’s craftsmanship come into question.
If you read the history of my posts over the years, I was never a huge fan of the flat black ported JTRs, especially compared to the PSAs (I always loved the JTR premium finishes and wished veneers were offered for ported PSAs). I always felt that the woofer being so low on the Cap 1400 was awkward.
There have been jabs back and forth between the JTR and PSA business owners (especially when the V1801 and Cap 118HT were first announced). It has been implied and even directly stated that JTR's port construction doesn't match the fit & finish of the PSAs (and it doesn't IMO, PSA's does look better!).
After actually experiencing the JTR 118HT I was astounded. The smaller cabinet of the V1801 does allow more placement flexibility (which can be extremely important). The absolute performance of the Cap 118HT exceeded the V1801 on almost every other metric. (I wanted to buy a pair of 118HTs but my wife wanted the single 2400ULF instead.)
Despite my OCD need for symmetry, I now realize JTR's low-riding woofers (which I had disparaged) serve a function. Keeping the woofer closer to the floor seems to better take advantage of the boundary gain from the floor (I confirmed this by laying a Rythmik FV18 horizontally). While PSA's ports do look better JTR's port performance absolutely nullifies any cosmetic differences for me. The minimal noise the JTR ports make is not a chuff, it is the sound of fast moving air (you have to be very close to even really hear it in most cases). The volume of air passing through the JTR ports is unlike any other I have experienced.
The PSA V1801 is a very good sub for the right applications. A pair worked out better than JTR Cap 1400s for
. The V1801 is simply in a different category/class than the JTR (and their pricetags reflect this). Plus, PSA does have the higher performing V3601.
I consider the V1801 among the ultimate 15" subs because that is the category it best fits (and nobody comes close ti the customer service that PSA and SVS provide!). Enclosure volume is a critical parameter which cannot be ignored. The ergonomics of the V1801 just come with trade-offs. For example, the Monoprice Monolith 15 outperforms the V1801 (and any other 15" I know of). But, it is the size of a 18" JTR if not bigger and also costs more than a V1801.
I've been been both attacked and thanked numerously for simply sharing these facts (there were ~20 witnesses, including several industry insiders). If you doubt just read the comments by the ID vendors before and after the head-to-head re: V1801 vs Cap 118HT and Rythmik FV18. (TL, DR: It was unfair to compare the V1801 to the more expensive and larger 118HT and FV18.)
While I have experienced (and bought) subs from almost every ID vendor (I believe DSS and XTZ are the only I have yet to), I don't work for any ID manufacturer. I write for the enthusiasts, the consumers. No one has yet to complain that I have steered them in the wrong direction regarding their bass. I believe
can atest even though his results were not what I predicted.