Originally Posted by Franin
Has anyone have both in a theatre room?
My place (SVS had an amp issue unfortunately) ...http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...light=shootout
Jakeman's dedicated HT ...http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...light=shootout
Nice pics of all the various subs as well.
My own thoughts:
You'll see in these comments for different material, different subs were selected as the "best sounding". Why? Because it's a subjective question and the subs are very, very close in performance. If we did the same shootouts again, I'd bet we'd likely all have different opinions. That's how close they were (graphs and numbers aside).
Yes, the Ultra will dig deeper for HT (physics can't be completely fooled, though the F113 does a great job trying), but as someone mentioned, you're only going to get this maybe 5% of the time where a movie plays a passage that tests the limits of the F113. I chose the F113 for most music if I recall, but others chose the Ultra, and others chose, well, other subs.
Both are incredible sounding subs. Which is the "better" sub, money no object? I would say from a technological perspective, the F113. It has a more robust amp, impressive self-EQ technology, and better build quality. Also, to get that kind of performace from that small a package is, well, mind numbing. You won't be unhappy with either though, I can pretty much gaurantee you that (I can, but I won't of course).
Which would I want if money is no object? Again, the F113. Why? Again, it looks darn incredible, and can hide in a room (my room is a family room, not a dedicated HT).
Oh ... I own the Ultra. Money was an object ... or more accurately, my wife just didn't think I should spend $4,000 to $5,000 on a sub - yes, that is what the price was in Canada (after our lovely sales taxes) to get a Fathom.
Disclaimer: No the tests weren't conducted in perfect conditions, subs weren't in the same spot, humidity levels may have been different in the two rooms, alcohol was consumed during these tests, planet's weren't fully aligned, bla bla bla.