Let me start by saying this sub is large and awesome!
Once I got my new V3600i dialed in I started testing it out by playing some bass heavy scenes from WWZ, Ender's Game, Nemo and Inception just to get an idea of what the sub can do. Then I also played some music tracks so I could get an idea of how well the V3600 does music.
The V3600 and movies: WOW!!!! The rocket launch scene from Ender's Game was incredible. It had my couch shaking and my Home Theater is in the basement... on a cement slab... and the V3600 is 14 feet away... and I was only listening at -14. That means this sub produces some serious tactile feel on a cement slab from a distance. That's incredible!!!
In fact all the demo scenes I tried rumbled throughout the house. It is absolutely wonderful. The scene from Nemo was a lot of fun, I felt like I was one of the fish in the tank because the whole room echoed as Darla tapped her finger on the tank. The Inception and WWZ scenes were also over the top. It was like I was watching all these scenes for the first time. I never realized how much bass I had been missing.
The V3600 and music: The V3600 plays music wonderfully. It's bass is clean and tight and clear. Even though this is a big sub it has the same great sound quality that all PSA subs are known for. It does music very well.
I had a feeling I was going to experience some incredible bass when I ordered the sub but I really had no idea just how powerful it would be. The V3600 has honestly surpassed all my expectations. It's scary good. Jim H. (V3600i) May 1, 2015
Well my friends, I was able to pick up my newest PSA sub in my family! I think I really underestimated this monster. Thanks Tom for helping and set up, as well as Hop with some good insight.
I first put in the POD scene from WOTW! CRAP...I was overtaken my how much rumble there is. Hop is right, need to get some seat belts for my couch. I then put on Tron. Awesome, and I just kept watching. The wife and girls came home, and the younger two girls were jumping up and down with excitement, and my wife said" I don't like the way it feels". She was standing right next to the sub on the stairs. I then went upstairs into the kitchen to hear some of the dishes rattle in the cabinets. I have not done any set up with XT32 or REW, but maybe later this weekend. Got done with Tron, and threw in Matrix Revolutions....I wanted to stay up all night, but I did turn the gain down as it was 11:30 p.m.
Excited to do more Demos, as the girls want to watch The Incredibles tonight. No looking back on this one, as this sub is here to stay. I do need to dial in the XV15SEs, because I could not even tell if they were there. I saw the green lights on them, so knew they were getting a signal. I have the XVs stacked about 15 ft away from the V3600, all hooked up thru the mini DSP. Look forward to getting everything dialed in. I do not have any specs to provide yet, but just the "amazed" feeling that this sub brings!
PSA has been nothing short of spectacular in their service and customer support, which will keep me buying from PSA for a long time. Next I will need to budget for some of their speakers. For those of you that have one of these V3600i coming, I will quote Tom..."Prepare to be amazed." Russell R.(V3600i) May 1, 2015
A little backstory, i'm coming from dual xv15se's, which i absolutely loved in my room. I had no reason to upgrade other than that gnawing "what if" that was in my brain. I should have put parental controls on PSA's website, because every day i would log in and just stare....I know you guys understand.
So here I am, lugging this beast into my home, and my curiosity is no more. This thing is nothing short of amazing. It's funny, but when i was talking to Tom and Jim when i picked it up, we got into a conversation about the PSA speakers (which i own as well), and Tom said the best word he could use to describe them was "effortless." Well, that term has been stuck in my head since i first plugged in this V3600. Similar sound characteristics as the dual xv's, but just a lot more of it....and it is just producing it with such ease. The bass simply surrounds you like your favorite blanket and massages your back in the meantime. Tons of punch, tons of rumble, and a ton of new rattles in my room, lol. I seriously think i may need to superglue my family pictures to the shelf they are perched on, because they are being shaken off from across the room. Now, to be fair, once i added my second xv, it was placed directly under those shelves and I had to take the pictures down before watching a movie. I have never knocked stuff off with just one sub before...until now.
Simply put, my home theater has been taken to an all new level. Every movie I watch is just ridiculous now, but it puts a constant smile on my face. also, when I play Call of Duty now, every grenade almost knocks me out of my seat, and if there is a bombing run on screen then I typically get killed now....not from the bombs, but from the real life shell shock that I'm experiencing and can't move my guy. It's that crazy....but AWESOME!
So, I had a lady friend over the other day to check out the new sub, which is almost larger than she is(definitely heavier), and of course she told me I was insane and out of control. She just laughed when she saw it, and said boy are the neighbors gonna love you. YUP! Anyway, I threw in a couple demo scenes for her and she said two things. First, she said that she has never watched a movie before and had her teeth rattle , and second she said that she thought if she sat right next to it that it may vibrate her into an orgasm. LOL.
So in summary, if you are on the fence about this thing at all, do yourself a favor and jump into the pool. It is the most powerful yet precise sub I've ever experienced, so take that for what it's worth. Thanks again Tom and Jim. I had a great time visiting, but I think I'm tapped out for now. I will have to save up some extra so I can complete my speaker collection, but I certainly have plenty in the meantime.Diglar (V3600i) December 16, 2015
So here's a short little review on the V3600i that my neighbor purchased:
In one word: WOW! This thing is a monster. As you can see in the pictures, it takes up nearly the entire bed length of my F150 super crew. We actually picked it up from the local distribution center to save a day on delivery. (it is about a half mile away from work) The dock guys were pretty impressed and couldn't believe it was just one subwoofer and wanted a demo, but that wasn't going to happen right there.
For those wondering about shipping and handling, I don't have a picture of the pallet, but it's certainly a sturdy one made of some sort of MDF/plywood conglomerate and is sized just past the outer perimeter of the box and strapped down. I was happy to see it wasn't some generic pallet or poorly made that could allow it to slip and slide around during transport. There are also clear warnings for shipping companies to not stack anything on top of it - it gets its own ground on the truck, so there's no chance of it being squashed from the top.
We ended up unboxing it out in the garage and bringing it in through the slightly narrower door. It's not terribly difficult to move, but is certainly a two-person job. The plastic shipping bag is slippery against the surface of the box, so you'll want to heed caution or remove the plastic, as we did, to get the best grip. If you don't know already, FURNITURE MOVERS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND when it comes to getting it in place and getting the amp tweaked, especially when maneuvering this behemoth.
Neither of us are used to ported subs, so this was quite a new venture. It was pretty crazy to see how loud something can be without there being much movement of the speaker! It really takes some cranking of the MV control before these drivers start moving. Once they do, hold on to your hat! Literally, it may blow away... I haven't setup REW yet through this sub, but he did setup an Anti-Mode 8033S-II in front of it to ensure smooth operation and calibration.
Succinctly, movie watching was supreme. There was no end in sight of output and I'm quite certain that our ears would cave before the output of the V3600i. Running it several dB hot shook the couch (~11ft away) viscerally and made the house ring and rattle like no tomorrow. Needless to say, he's got a lot of work to do to suppress the rattles! I believe War of the Worlds Pod Emergence Scene would reign as the #1 most impressive with this subwoofer. Throughout the playback, you could feel so much air; it was akin to having a fan on your feet for part of the movie! It was certainly difficult to watch the various ULF movie clips (Finding Nemo, WWZ, EoT, Tron, etc) without laughing! The output is purely insane for a mere 3000 cubic foot space. (That does lead to an open hallway and upstairs, so it may be considered A LOT more since nothing is sealed)
Music was also very impressive. Though I am only familiar with the boomy bass of ported car subs from other friends, the ported design the boys at PSA have come up with is incredible. Music certainly punches with authority across all ranges, leaving you satisfied. There's really nothing new to write here as most of us are familiar with the PSA sound by now, nearly 700 pages in.
With all the praises for the V3600i, after hearing a single S3000i (soon to be duals as I took delivery of my second this morning!) we much prefer the sound of the sealed S3000i. Both my neighbor and I felt there was more detail in sound for movies, but especially for music. The scene that sounded the most different was the aperture scene from Tron - I haven't measured it, but perhaps the output is simply below the tuning point of the sub? The next scene that was very different was the shuttle launch of Interstellar. While still a much louder and visceral experience, it lacked a certain detail to the sound. This was the scene we were anticipating the most because during my single S3000i demo at his house, my ears required equalization from the pressure, much like when flying in a plane.
At the end of the day, he's still very happy with his choice and will consider adding a sealed sub later for music. He's much more of a bass head than I am, so it's the perfect setup for him. Coming from a single sealed Ultimax 12", the V3600i is a ridiculous upgrade!
One thing neither of us had considered is the impact of these big boys on your TV. He has an LED-based Samsung 55" (see picture) and a 20Hz sine wave from either the S3000i or the V3600i will make the color distort quite a bit! I am not sure if something is defective or if there's anything he can do, but you don't notice it at all during movies with dynamic scenes, but if you have a static screen up, it's pretty blatant. Anyone else notice this or suggest a fix? Is there any reason to worry about cracking the screen? It does move a bit at higher levels, but nothing like you see windshields do with a Steve Meade 18".
One other thing to note is that on my neighbor's somewhat plush carpet, the V3600i can rock a bit when it's upright! During the EoT sweep, it moved back and forth probably 1/8" or more! It's not even close to worry about tipping over, but it is funny and also impressive to see what the 18" drivers can do!Travis (V3600i) January 6, 2016
The v3600i... It's been said many times already but this sub is truly in a league of its own. The extension, the headroom, spl, and shear size is just amazing! It hits so hard, clean, and low that you really have to experience it in person to truly appreciate it. I honestly didn't need a second one but my wife gave me the go ahead because I really wanted to balance the front of the room. My ocd is bad!
So I now own 2 v3600i's along with the antimode 8033S-II. The sound improvement by adding the second one was minimal. Again, I'm only using my ears at this point. I've had about a week to play with them at this point. I was having a problem with boominess but it was totally my fault. My AVR couldn't turn the sub level down low enough. I had the gain set to 11:00. For some reason in my head, it didn't seem natural to turn the gain down any lower than that. Ultimately, the gain is now set to 8:30. That's just crazy to me! Even setting the gain at 9:00 the Yamaha still couldn't turn the sub level down enough! Ran YAPO again and it set the subs to -5. I then experimented running the subs hot at different levels. For my personal liking, I'm running the subs 8db hot. The bass is so much smoother. So I set the sub gains to 8:30, ran the antimode, the lift 25 and lift 35 are on, ran YAPO, and set subs to 8db hot. The result is absolutely the best bass I've ever heard in ANY home theater residential or commercial!Darian97 (V3600i) January 6, 2016