Originally Posted by Jaurhead
are they here are they here are they here ?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?
Sorry for disappearing, life tends gets in the way haha I have had 7201s for a little over two months now. I was disappointing when I first plugged the subs in and was greeted by an obnoxious hum. None of my other components, including sensitive speakers like Klipsch RF-7ii, suffer from hum in my house. Tom from PSA was quick to come to my aid though and sent me isolation transformers (as well as a PSA mug) free of charge. This took care of the issue and I have had no complaints since.
The first month was largely spent fine tuning their integration to realize the smoothest FR possible. I got them flat down to about 10.5Hz. The benefit of the second sub is substantial affording +6dB gain in the 10-20Hz region and aiding the 40-80Hz regime where the first sub struggles.
Just to refresh everyone's memory, I have a very large open concept home. The foyer open up to the living room which both have 14ft vaulted ceilings. The living room opens up to the dining room and kitchen with 9ft ceilings. That is a lot of open space to fill with bass.
Through my evaluation I have gained a ton of respect for what Paradigm was able to achieve in the Sub 2 (despite my negative experience). To get that kind of performance in a form factor so small is nothing short of amazing. In my listening room, cost aside, I would take a single Sub 2 over a single S7201. The Sub 2 sounded marginally better. Factoring in cost it is a no-brainer though, the S7201 is priced over half less than a Sub 2. I take it the Sub 2 premium comes from cramming S7201 performance in a package 1/4 the size, really amazing.
Running through the gamut of tests with both S7201 active struck fear into my soul that my windows were going to break. I could see them flexing as I felt my feet dancing on the floor unintentionally as they rest there when I sat on the couch in awe. I sampled EOT intro scene, Black Hawk Down F' Irene scene and World War Z grenade scene at '40/100' volume on my receiver. For reference the calibration measurements were taken with the receiver at '50/100 volume'. The bass is very clean, authoritative and had no bloat.
I have only watched Dunkirk and Tron since purchasing the S7201 (again life happens), but they performed admirably in both. Tron was particularly a treat. The day after watching it I questioned my girlfriend if she was messing around with my scotch/bourbon collection. The bottles in the pantry had chaotically re-arranged themselves, some close to taking a jump off the edge of their shelf. I then put two and two together (literally), the S7201s were the culprit.
I am holding off on delivering a final verdict until I can work through more source material, in the interim I am satisfied with their performance