Check out the XS30se review Chris Heinonen did for Reference Home Theater. Please click the Reference Home Theater logo to read the entire review.
"Just to see what the XS30se is capable of, I put the volume to max with it situated only two feet away from me. This was a bad idea. Not because it drove the XS30se too hard, but because I could not take it. In my 2,400 cubic foot listening room the XS30se is capable of pressuring my eardrums. That is something that has never happened in the past, even with $10,000 worth of subwoofers."
Todd Anderson gives his first impressions along with a detailed review of his dual XS30 setup. Please click the Home Theater Shack logo to read the entire review.
"HOW DO THEY SOUND," you ask? Let's just say this: Incredible."
"What I’ve found through my hours of movie watching is an extremely even, tight, and smooth bass. It’s not localized or one sided in it’s presentation - not in the slightest bit."
Dave Upton, in his recent review of the XS30, has claimed it as "one of the finest values available in home theater today." Please click on the Home Theater Forum logo to read the review.
"I listened to these albums for close to two hours and was thoroughly impressed by the articulation and natural sound of the XS30."
"Overall, the XS30 delivered usable response down to the mid teens with clear, powerful and heavily visceral bass reproduction. Once I had it dialed in, the results were astounding."
FINALLY got my XS30 hooked up & calibrated! Rest of system is: PSB Synchrony Ones, PSB Synchrony One Center, PSB Synchrony two's for surrounds. My previous sub for last 8 years was another creation of yours, an SVS 20-39 PC+. Marantz AV8801 pre/pro - (also new!), B&K Ref. 200.7 amp. Room approx. 3000 CF. I calibrated with XT32, had all "the usual suspects" bass demo blu-rays lined up ready to go.....One problem: I said to myself "I'll just check it out with some music for a few minutes to make sure everything is working" I sat there for 4 hours, amazed at how clean & tight the XS30 was! I dug out DVD-A's & SACD's, and it was better than hearing them for the first time.
When I finally got around to the blu-rays, it was more of the same. The way the XS30 just underpinned everything was astonishing. I'm 54 years old & have been interested in audio & video since I was 12. I have had a few components come through my hands that haven't been worth the money; many more that I thought were a good value for the money spent - and a precious few that returned much more enjoyment than the purchase price I had paid - with the XS30 topping this last category.
Be well, and please continue to amaze us!!!!
Patrick (June 22, 2013)
Thank you for the incredible subwoofer!
I had no idea a sub could sound this good.
My wife "approved" the purchase within 15 minutes of the first movie. She typically doesn't prefer the 5.1 audio "extra sound" while watching TV. Well, the audio has been used a lot more since adding the XS30. She explained the sound as much more natural. Your product description is so true "realistic sound field".
Kevin (February 12, 2014)
I'm sure you already know that, but I have to say it over- I've never had so much enjoyment from a sub before.
It's the first time I've ever feared for the structural integrity of my home (and we've been here for a few sizable earthquakes).
The XS30 was pretty easy to setup for such a beast, and it integrated beautifully with my Klipsch RF82iis. It absolutely pressurizes the room to the point of discomfort when it needs to, but reproduces music surprisingly well. No buyers remorse here at ALL.
Thank you so much for building such a piece of joyful furniture.
Matt (July 1, 2014)