Wrestled the beast into the theater, put the isolation feet on it, and placed it in my sweet spot where my PB 2000 used to go. It?s on top of an auralex Great gramma isolation riser
Ran a quick calibration with audyssey multeq xt32
Threw genuine?s pony on to make sure the sub was in the right spot and gave me that punch that I like. Sounded great.
Ran my usual demo: Incredible Hulk
I?ve heard the PB 13 ultra before and so his thing delivered exactly what I was expecting. More low end extension and output. It was great!
Inception was next. The Mr Charles scene when Leo tells Cillian he?s in a dream. That pulse that happens after that I was expecting did not disappoint. The PB 2000 could reproduce this but the PB 4000 is ten times better. WAY more output it was like I was getting a massage with the pulse in this scene. Just like the Pb 13 I remember and I loved every second of it. I knew what I was missing out on and having it back feels fantastic
Last but not least was my new test for a subwoofer to remain composed: EOT
My PB 2000 sounded terrible here and sounded like it was really in distress, even from my listening position, the chuffing was that loud and the driver flapping all over. I was scared for the 4000 to say the least, but low and behold....the PB 4000 handles this scene like a champ!!
I had the sub volume on -15db and my avr set the trim to -9 and I bumped it up 5db to -4db so the sub wasn?t turned down and my master volume was -10 dB where I always listen
This sub handled this scene superbly. There was minimal port noise as there was sooo much air moving in the ports, but the driver maintained its composure 100% and behaved. Sitting in my listening position I could not hear or detect any distress coming from the subwoofer at all which I was beyond pleased about. The PB 2000 sounded like it was having a heart attack, not the 4000. No insane driver flap noise or anything. I am so impressed about what the Pb 4000 could do with this scene. Now I have the confidence this sub can play whatever I throw at it and maintain its composure.
This sub passed my test with the EOT scene and its satisfaction for me that I made a good Subwoofer purchase. Confidence in my system is what I wanted and this sub gave me that. Duals are going to be even better!
My umik1 should be coming tomm so I?m about to start learning REW and tweaking some things so I?m looking forward to that.
All in all, I?d say this Subwoofer is exactly what I was expecting having heard the PB 13 ultra. I would?ve had to measure both to really see the improvements they made, but I can confidently say that the 4000 is a true worthy successor to the PB 13 ultra.
Stay tuned for more impressions as I tinker with it!