Originally Posted by Nabs17
Arch....you have any ideas of a future subwoofer shoot-out?
I've hosted twice, and been to a half dozen other subwoofer meets in the last three years. I've pretty much heard all there is to offer in the subwoofer arena, and I love the gear, but I'm not easily surprised at this point. I've pretty much decided what I like at this point and know generally speaking what a given offering will be capable of based on lots of past experiences --- well until popalock builds his space with 32 18's when he comes back to the US.
Long and short - personally two 18" ported subs are an excellent choice with great headroom and excellent performance for most rooms. I found they fit my bill. A slight upgrade is my current 8 sealed 18"s. The value in upgrading from two ported 18"s was slight and not likely worth the cost - but more than anything else in this hobby I enjoy subwoofers, so it was a decision made easier based on my enthusiasm for subwoofers.
I learned a ton and enjoyed these g2g events a heck of a lot. While I may not host any subwoofer meets in the near term I'd encourage you to do it - if you hold interest. My borderline subwoofer obsession all started in 2011 when I decided to host my own subwoofer meet because nobody would respond back to me via PM when I asked to demo their subwoofer system. I had heard Luke Kamps HSU VTF-15H and it was so much better than anything I'd heard in home audio I really wanted to see how deep the rabbit hole went and how much better a home theater sub could possibly be than what I had experienced. I decided that if people weren't willing to let a stranger come over and hear their gear, then I was going to try to host a meet and get them to come to me! That proved an easier course in garnering interest and we had some cool gear show up for the 2011 meet.
I'd encourage you to consider doing the same. If you setup a g2g invite in the local area theater meet thread with a couple months notice, you'll almost surely garner some interest and get to host a meet in your own room and hear several different products. You'll get to enjoy the hobby with others who appreciate it as much as you do.
I recently hosted an autoroom EQ AVR processor comparison on Nov 8th. Audyssey, Trinnov, ARC, YPAO, MCACC, AccuEQ, Dirac, That was fun, but really complicated to setup. Subwoofer meets by comparison are exceptionally easy to setup and a great first meet to host. My next g2g will probably be a projector comparison. I'd still like to do a headphone comparison g2g, but haven't found too many local enthusiasts that excited about headphones. The problem with the subwoofer g2g's at a certain point is when you get good enough gear you can start destroying your house when you showcase it. Several of my friends in KC have gear that can hit 130, maybe even 140dB levels of output. That destroys things, electronics, projectors, drywall, etc. Any of several systems in KC among my enthusiasts friends are completely acceptable and any minor differences in performance capability is negligible. And once you've experienced 8 eighteens, or a couple of gjallarhorns - etc, or a pair of JTR Orbit Shifters in your own cinema on a day in and day out basis - then it's gets a bit harder to get too excited about a few different 12" subwoofers in a g2g roundup again.