Well after all this time without a sub all I can say is I don't think I ever had one. ;)
The PSW 350 was a very good sub but with great suggestions and advice from Doc regarding the size of the room and SPL that I expect from a sub there really is no comparison between the 350 and SV. Its like trying to compare a truck and a car for hauling purposes.
I got home from work late yesterday and the wife said to me that if I don't get those BIG BOXES out of her kitchen I was going to be sleeping in the shed. Thats all it took and I started cutting.
For a quick recap here is my order from SV:
Samson S1000 (B-Stock)
SVS01 Bass Box
Pro-Grade RCA-1/4" interconnect
Dual Better Cables 3M banana plug to spade speaker cables
The SVS01 Bass Box is on back order and will probably take another week to ship but it really doesn't matter to me.
Packaging was great, UPS did a great job and MY GOD the subs are HUGE! I removed everything from the packages and had them lined out and cracked a beer because I had to rearrange my AV rack... "OUCH!" I consolidated the DAC and DVD player to the top shelf and put the Sampson on its own knowing that I would stack the SVS01 on top of the Sampson. I figured at 1000 Watts+ with the Sampson I did not want it colocated with my digital. BTW... Mantis would be proud because I have all power laced on the left rear of the AV rack and audio on the right. This took a little time because I had to remove and replace some tie raps and all will be zipped back up when the SVS01 is delivered.
The Power cord on the Sampson is the very Heavy gage power line like all my equipment with exception to the h/k 520. The better cables package I purchased from SV was also very impressive with gold and silver plated connections and the speaker runs felt like 12 guage with bannanas on one end and the silver split lug on the amps side. Very robust with a mesh type outer sleave!
The only reservation I have about the Sampson is that there is no trigger control but no problem because my DAC also needs powered up manually. The only real confusing aspect to the amp is its ability to handle the input signal from a single LFE. 1 connection with a switch in parallel ties channel 1 LFE IN across both internal amps in the Sampson. After all was connected I had to play with the switch to ensure it was working and indeed as the manual stated it worked with 0 defects.
The Subs are more massive than I ever expected. I knew they were big but damn!!! I tried to colocate into the same corner but it looked like, "Stone Henge", may I quote the Wife who was very patient during this process. The final resting place was at the 2 opposite corners of the front sound stage. Good thing I purchased the 3m speaker runs. The subs were very easy to connect and the bannana slid into the socket and there was a very accurate slip fit. The tightners really only added extra pressure to prevent a disconnection accidently from a tug. I just applied enough pressure so the lugs were finger tight and all was well.
By this time the baby was out of the bath tub running through the house NEKKID so it was time to pay some attention to her. I had everything settup and connected with preliminary power on/off tested with no shorts or problems were noted. It was time to take a listen. The wife wanted to get her bath so I figured Monsters Inc would be pretty good trial because the PSW 350 was always pretty active prior to its demise. Kinda kill three birds with one stone... happy baby, happy wife and happy Bomber.
HOLLY ****! the whole damn house was vibrating when the little girl was Crying or Laughing... keep in mind I did not calibrate at this time and had no idea what kind of pressures I was hearing. For as many times as I have had too watch Monsters Inc. this was like a first for me. Scenes showing Sully walking around made my shirt waffle, Boom...Boom..Boom. I have never eperienced anything like it and never expected it. We enjoyed the movie and when the wife was out of the tub the Veggie tales was started in the back room and I pulled out Avia.
From the get go I set the sub out to 80 Hz crossover at -3dB on the preamp and the Sampson maxed minus 3 clicks. I had to make it quick because by now the wifes patience was growing thin so I did a quicky cal. Balanced everything to 0 for the 5 speakers and -3 dB for the Sub. This initial set was done at a volume level of -15 from the h/k and all speakers set to small and the 5 were right around 87 dB +/- (2-3 dB). But now it was time for the low frequency sweep. Damn I was hitting 95 to 105 spl at the 80 Hz range and really it never fell below 85 across the band untill between 30-20 hz I saw a rise in SPL back to 105-110 dB range. That is some serious SPL's and I'm really not pushing anything. My time ran out with the Avia disk so I figured that a more thorough run can be done this weekend so I put my attention on realigning my fron stage.
I set all preamp settings to match the DD 5.1 settup from above to the Logic 7, DTS, Dolby and stereo. With the handy tape measure and playing around with my fronts I got that beautifull RT image back across my sweet spot and started playing around on the music channels of Direct TV. I could not believe what I was seeing or hearing. I had the volume down to -40 which is probably around 65 dB SPL and as the music thumped the sampson thumped the subs. I still can't believe how smooth this all sounded. The bass was not disturbing in the least but really accented the entire listening experience. I really think that the more time I have on this the more I'm really going to appreciate what I'm hearing. It has been so far one helluva learning experience and I appreciate all of your support.
Well we have a lot of tweeking to do and I'm not done yet but in summary here is the way I see it.
1)Customer Service A+ for calling me and making my order right after I screwed it up on a Friday night.
2)Packageing and Shipping A+ for do damage to the package, a very good packaging job and a delivery on time in screwed up weather.
3)Quality Control A+ for not 1 blemish or mark of any kind and All worked perfectly.
3)Design A and I remove the plus only because of no trigger contol. I figure that with all the quality engineering and manufacturing that went into the sub and amps we should have the ability to remote control it.
4)Instructions A+ for very well witten notes on settup and operation with little marketing hipe.
5)Sound A++ because I can't believe I could get more bang for the buck.
What a great experience for me and it has only just begun. I hope I have not bored any of you because this is one of the longes posts I have ever written....