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Power Sound Audio XV15 Subwoofer Review

by November 18, 2012
  • Product Name: XV15 Subwoofer
  • Manufacturer: Power Sound Audio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: November 18, 2012 18:05
  • MSRP: $ 799 (Shipping Included)
  • Buy Now
  • 15” downward firing long throw woofer
  • Bass reflex design with rear firing 4” flared Aeroport
  • 1” thick MDF cabinet with 1.5” thick MDF base plate
  • Amplifier: 500 watts rms, 1000w peak
  • Frequency Response: 21-200Hz +/-3dB (16-18Hz typical in room extension)
  • Finishes: Black “sand” textured
  • Dimensions (H/W/D): 24.25” x 18.5” x 23.5”
  • Weight: 92 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 years (bumper to bumper)

Driver Features

  • Proprietary US built FEA optimized 15” long throw driver with 2” peak to peak excursion
  • Triple stacked Y35 grade magnets
  • Cast aluminum frame
  • Vented pole piece
  • Rubatek foam surround
  • Reinforced curvilinear kraft pulp cone
  • Poly cotton high excursion spider
  • Flat wound copper voice coil with black anodized former

Amplifier Features

  • PS BASH Hybrid Class D operation
  • Energy Star compliant (Stand by power less than 1 watt)
  • Off/Auto/On selector
  • Variable level control
  • Variable low pass filter, 40-150Hz/LFE
  • Phase: Variable from 0 to 180 degrees
  • Detachable power cord
  • Universal voltage: 120/240V with auto switching
  • Unbalanced (RCA) inputs, left (LFE) and right
  • Speaker level left and right inputs
  • Thermal protection
  • DC offset protection
  • Driver voltage monitoring
  • Driver current monitoring with overload, short circuit and load protection
  • Primary voltage monitoring to control dynamic and average power limits
  • Frequency dependent compressor circuit
  • Soft limiting

Pros

  • Massive bang for the buck
  • In room extension to below 20Hz
  • Extended warranty
  • Made and assembled in the USA

Cons

  • Large and heavy (May be a little too much sub for some tastes.)
  • Some port noise with heavy deep bass

Introduction

Upstart home audio company Power Sound Audio’s entry into the internet direct subwoofer arena a few months ago with the PowerX line of subwoofers has been accompanied by lots of speculation and excitement. Their middle model in the PowerX line, the XV15 subwoofer, is a large 15” down firing vented unit weighing in at a substantial 92lbs, with a 500 watt class D BASH amplifier, heavily flared Aero-port, black sand textured finish, heavy duty U.S. made driver and a 5 year comprehensive warranty. Additionally the PowerX line is assembled in the U.S. from U.S. made components with the exception of the amplifier. Somehow the price for the XV15 is held to just $799 and that includes shipping. We found that the XV15 sounded clean, composed and dynamic with music, while possessing extension well below 20Hz in room with plenty of headroom to make its presence felt in a large space on movie night. Even more important than the impressive parts list of the XV15 is the manner in which those parts are tuned to work together in a well rounded finished system. Highly recommended.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Tom V. posts on September 05, 2014 12:06
billy p, post: 1048418
Yeah… the standard finish is quite nice, I've seen it in person….much nicer IMHO than the traditional flat or faux black finish you often get on competitors products. Curious to hear read your thoughts once you have it all set up.

Just a FYI, we can send out samples of the wood veneer AND the Black Satin free of charge. Just send me a note to one of our email boxed.

Tom V.
Power Sound Audio
billy p posts on August 28, 2014 09:40
Yeah… the standard finish is quite nice, I've seen it in person….much nicer IMHO than the traditional flat or faux black finish you often get on competitors products. Curious to hear read your thoughts once you have it all set up.
smurphy522 posts on August 28, 2014 07:45
Unboxing the XS15se

Well I got the sub (very fast shipping BTW!) Here are some photos of the unboxing. While it was not double boxed it seems to have travelled well.

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billy p posts on August 26, 2014 22:02
That would be the gentleman in the above post TV…IIRC he mentioned that chat line(pop up window) has become his preferred line of communication when dealing with the public.

Congrats on the new sub…
smurphy522 posts on August 26, 2014 15:38
I too popped onto the site as I was looking into possible units to replace my Carver sub with. I spoke with a knowledgeable source who suggested a XS15se in lieu of the VX15se I was initially there to get more detail on. Based on my media room size 2400 cu ft and the fact it is sealed with no opened walls (only a door), my new receiver (Denon AVR-X4000) and mains (Infinity Kappa 7 mk IIs) the sealed sub would be plenty and benefit greatly from the smallish-sealed room. I rarely listen at reference levels so that may have driven the suggestion as well.

Anyhow I was greatly impressed with the knowledge from the Chat person (can't recall the name).

Looking forward to picking my PSA sub, receivers (Denon AVR X-4000 and X3000) and my Panasonic projector (PTAE8000) up from the local Fedex store tonight!
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