Had to lay the 110's on the side so they aren't covered by my drop down screen. and slightly more WAF with the centre laying down. @Peter @ Deep Hz Audiowas all over it, he shipped them with the horns rotated so I didn't have to do anything when they arrived. Great customer service.
Yup, It was the front runner for sure. I had a listen to SLS stuff locally with @WasM and loved how they sounded. Unfortunately, they are just huge speakers! and would need a dedicated room to get the tick of approval. After listening to the SLS I was more sold on the cinema horn speakers and knew that was the route I wanted to go down.
Had a few conversations with Peter and also a few emails directly with PSA, and the S3000i was the consensus with subs.
Just watched the three videos Z Review has on the PSA gear. hahaha he describes them very well. They do take all the punishment you can give them! Ears will definitely give out before the speakers do.
I am a total convert for sure. Horns make a massive difference. They can be driven by the smell of an oily rag!
Impressions So Far
This was a really nice match up with my existing Submersive. What I can say is that I think the PSA is the leader of the two subs, it pushes that little bit harder/cleaner after calibration. The form factor is slightly smaller than the Submersive, so much so that I had to put the S3000i on some timber offcuts to get it level. And as my LCR's are resting on the subs, they needed to be level.
On level matching in Audyssey setup, I found that the gain controls on the PSA was much more graduated compared to the Submersive. A small turn on the Seaton amp would raise the sound pressure by 8-10dB, and was actually a pain to setup. The PSA was super easy and matched the calibration volume nice and easy.
The PSA also has much more control with you able to set the crossover point, audio delay and well as the room size setting. Only down side was no XLR input on the S3000i, though this has been added on the new S3010. In saying all that, if you are using room correction, your AVR with take care of all that.
Having dual subwoofers really has really made the room base response feel more omnidirectional and the two subs compliment each other quite nicely.
Oh, the auto on/off is also nice on the PSA. I just leave the submersive on all the time due to laziness. So that PSA saves a little power by switching off when not in use. Only down side to this is if watching tv programs with no base the sub will switch off and this makes a little noise when it turns off. Freaked me out the first few times.
These have just really brought my whole movie enjoyment up a few notches. The sounds is now much more like going to the movies. Its a big sound and punches you in the chest (could be the sub haha). And just begs you to turn up the volume higher and higher! Was watching a movie yesterday and the wife could hear it though our big double solid core doors!
The flexibility to rotate the horns is awesome, and was the deciding factor as they would work with my room with limited modification. It also means that should I upgrade to a dedicated room in the future I wont need to replace the speakers. After speaking with PSA directly, they informed me that the sound performance is identical in both horizontal and vertical configuration. Most of the other speakers I was looking at could only be orientated one way.
Cost of these speakers is also pretty amazing for what they are. I managed to take advantage of the special at DeepHz's making each speaker $850ea. Great value for what they are.
Another thing that has really made a difference to my overall enjoyment was how to tweek the Audyssesy setup a little. Before I never used Dynamic volume, and Dynamic EQ. Dynamic EQ really improves the sound without having to turn up to reference and still being able to enjoy the whole range. Recommend you turn this on if you haven't.
As for Dynamic volume, this just helps when you want to listen at lower volumes and not miss out on the audio goodness. I toggle between off and light quite often now
Speaker grills on the MT-110. They are just glued onto the grill without any stapes or a recessed channel. Even when received new, they show signs of lifting. It should be a simple case of gluing back down, but a better fixing system would be nice.
Weight - These are all very heavy speakers. the MT-110 are 16kg each for what is effectively a bookshelf speaker. You will need some beefy stands.
I am extremely happy with how everything is sounding at the moment but there is always things to look towards. The minidsp range of products has been calling me. The 88A with dirac looks to be pretty amazing, but quite expensive. Will enjoy what I have for a while and see how I go.