Power Sound Audio XV15 Subwoofer Conclusion
Power Sound has come out swinging with the XV15 and if the rest of their line-up is as good as the XV15 is I’d expect they will be doing quite well for themselves in their first year of operation. The previous experiences that the founders of Power Sound had producing powered subwoofers is evident in the XV15 in the protection circuits, the internal equalization and the overall design. It is not a small sub or the prettiest on the block but there are plenty of choices that fit into that mold and that market segment is not who this subwoofer was designed for to begin with. Don’t get me wrong I actually liked the finish and look of the XV15 a lot more than I thought I would, but it is still a large black box at the end of the day. What the XV15 does do is make large amounts of bass for not a lot of money. In that regard the XV-15 brings it with a 15” heavy duty driver, 500 watt amplifier and solidly built ported enclosure all tuned together into a well functioning complete system. Not to mention the 5 year bumper to bumper warranty. The fact that it utilizes primarily US sourced components and assembly is icing on the cake for a person like me who cares about such things. Apparently $799 can buy an astonishing amount of performance in the subwoofer kingdom these days.
The Power Sound XV15 easily meets the required output thresholds to receive the Audioholics Bassaholic Large Room rating, but was just a little short of making the more difficult Extreme room rating. It would have been the least expensive unit to do so by far. The Large room rating indicates that this sub is recommended as maintaining adequate headroom in rooms or spaces of between 3,000 to 5,000 cubic feet and/or for users who usually listen at moderate to high volume levels. For further information in how we make these recommendations see the full article here.
Power Sound Audio XV15 Review
MSRP: $799 (Shipping Included)
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I really considered a Funk Audio 18.0C because I live in Canada and they are manufactured not that far away from me. But after dealing with Tom I felt totally sold on his customer service and what looks to be a great product.
Tom asked questions about room size, other speakers, and lay out of the room. When I've emailed other sub builders,the response was, "Our subs are great, just buy one."
So plus one for Power Sound Audio customer service.