PSB Speakers Stratus Subsonic 3i Subwoofers

Stratus Subsonic 3i

15" 300W Sealed Subwoofer

User Reviews (8)

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MJW   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 20, 2002]

Power Amp failed within 2yrs. PSB is useless in providing the parts to repair the unit. This company has zero commitment to their products. I expected >2yrs without problems. I was willing to pay to get the unit fixed. The repair shop could not get PSB to provide the parts needed to repair the unit. I suggest looking at other manufacturers if you're looking for a Company that will support the products they sell. There's no way I got $600 worth of use out of this POS in the 2yrs it worked. I'd never buy another PSB speaker. I fell for their marketing buzz of getting a better speaker value. Buyer beware - you get what you pay for.

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1
VALUE
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1
Paul Waldron   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 28, 1999]
Strength:

Very powerful subwoofer. Relatively easy placement setup.

Weakness:

none so far

I was using a Bose AM10 II system with a passive sub woofer. I purchased the PSB 3i at the reviews I was seeing about PSB. I could'nt be more pleased. The sound it ommits is night and day better than the passive sub I was using. I have actually ordered the PSB Silver i's for the front, the PSB mini's for the rear and the PSB C6 center speaker. I am very very pleased with PSB as a whole. The sound that all of their stratus speakers ommit is phenomenal compared to the competition and the price range.

My setup consists of:
Receiver - Yamaha RX-V995
Front Speakers - PSB Stratus i's
Center Speaker - PSB C6
Rear Speakers - PSB Stratus Mini's
Sub Woofer - PSB Subsonic 3i
DVD Player - Sony S7700
Television - Sony 36xbr250
Satelite receiver - Sony AC3
Speaker Cable Kimber Kable 4VS

Similar Products Used: n/a
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mark Halverson   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 06, 2000]
Strength:

Very Clean, Very loud if you want it to be. Very Very low bass.

Weakness:

Got the hi-gloss model but only the very top of it is high gloss so that was not good. I have all high gloss black speakers (NHT)

My fraternity brothers and I have put this sub through the most rigorous tests known to man. PSB should've hired us to test the fuse and the sub. Actually I have never blown a fuse and the amp is always fine. I am very pleased with this piece. It blends in well with my NHT's so I don't hear where the bass is coming from, but trust me, I can hear the BASS!!!!
I highly recommend this Sub. I took the Pepsi Challenge and was not dissappointed by this Sub. Bought it for $755 from czwhite on Ebay.

Similar Products Used: Polk, MTX, Velodyne
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5
VALUE
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5
John   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 28, 1999]
Strength:

Great punch, no distorion, great price

Weakness:

none

Watched Privat Ryan in DTS. This sub outperformed my highest expectations. I think the nails holding my house together have moved a little. A great buy for $767.00 Canadian.

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5
VALUE
RATING
5
James Korns   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 22, 1999]
Strength:

price/performance ratio

Weakness:

accuracy


I replaced the Velodyne sub that I previously used for my audio only system with the PSB because the demands of Home Theater listening quickly revealed that this particular Velodyne model was not suited for HT systems. The Velodyne has a very accurate bass response, but the PSB with its 15 woofer creates a higher sound level without strain. The bass response, though not quite as accurate as others subs that I have listened to, performs quite well in my HT environment. A servo-controlled sub should outperform the PSB, though the price for most of those subs are considerably higher.

Similar Products Used: Velodyne ULD-12
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
Tom Hunt   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 06, 1999]

I have had my new 3i for about one year. It replaced a small Velodyne due to the Velodyne's limited connection options and size. The 3i handles bass better than the 12" Velodyne, but not by much. Both run out of gas on the Surround Sound Specatular CD test at about 35 hz. The 15" 3i moves more air during movies and sounds tighter?? than the Velodyne, but again, not by much. The 3i required a new circuit board right away. It was unable to take a pre-amp out signal correctly. PSB (I had to pay frt) handled the problem asap.

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4
VALUE
RATING
Bruce Abar   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 02, 2000]
Strength:

Power and price

This sub was such an improvement from my 12in Energy I could not beleave it. For not much more money, this would be what I would suggest anyone to purchase. You can e mail me for a Canadian supplyer, he will ship anywhere and give you the best price, and with the usa exchange rate, you cant lose. The sub also was very musical compared to the exl12, the exl12 had to work hard to keep up with music, the PSB subsonic had no problems, I no longer have to play 2 channel without a sub, now I use the sub3i for music and Hometheater!

Similar Products Used: Energy exl12
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ben   Audiophile [Sep 23, 2000]
Strength:

Easy to place, HT performance is fantastic, music perf. quite good as well, seamlessly integrates with my system

Weakness:

A hair of overhang occasionally, but not enough to annoy even the careful listener. Doesn't go much below 30 Hz.

Got a great deal on a demo...have been pleased overall. I acknowledge that this is not the sub to end all subs, but it performs very well for what you throw down. Adds a whole new dimension to music and especially HT; I could not go back to my pre-sub days. DD/DTS soundtracks are amazing, wall-shaking, and fantastic. Music playback is also great, especially classical, and well-recorded rock, etc. Those who want true bass to 20 Hz keep looking. This guy bottoms out about 30 Hz, but for me and my current room size, it is plen-ty.
This sub integrates perfectly with my other 5 speakers. Of course they are all PSB's so you would hope they would match. They do! Placement, I found, was not that critical to achieve good results, unlike other subs I've read reviews about. But it is always worth playing with the placement of all your speakers, as it makes a huge difference overall. Also, definitely experiment around with the crossover settings on the sub until you get a nice blend with your main speakers. It took me a while to find the right crossover-frequency to sub-volume combination to suit my taste.

My system:
-Sony DVP-650D using S-video & digital audio outs
-Panasonic 27" Superflat Television
-Panasonic stereo VCR
-Denon AVR-2800 DD/DTS Receiver using preouts to a Hafler P3000 Power Amp (mains only)
-PSB Stratus Silver Mains
-PSB Stratus C5 Center
-PSB Century 500i Surrounds
-PSB Subsonic 3i Powered Sub
-Kimber 4PR Speaker Wire on L/C/R, 12-gauge for surrounds
-Hosa coaxial digital audio cable
-Homemade analog interconnects (Canare StarQuad wire w/Canare gold-plated connectors)
-Vibrapod isolators under DVD player

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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