So I am back…
Edit: I didn't realize I have 60 days of testing with the PSA which is awesome, not 30 so I still have 30 days left to test... but here are my updated thoughts.
Currently testing Kong with the Cap 1400 and v1801.
I re-ran Audyssey and I think that something was wrong the first time as now my opinion has flip flopped.
As Mark Seaton suggested I tried turning down LF adjust, and this fixed the distracting rattling of the doors and windows I was getting from the cap 1400.
After re-running Audyssey I would say that the cap 1400 plays just as loud if not louder as the 1801, something must have been wrong.
I am noticing now, is that back to back the is that they both obviously have different sound signatures.
Sometimes the 1801 is a bit more in your face during certain frequencies and is very punchy. Kind of more like a car stereo subwoofers pressuring a car, vs movie theatre subs sinking into the movie.
The Cap 1400 is smoother, tighter just as loud, without being too in your face at certain times like the 1801 could be. I listen to the same movie, back to back and the 1801 will give me a headache perhaps from the loudness or the sound signature, and badass punchiness. However, it isn’t fun to get a headache from watching a movie at -10.
The Cap 1400 I have found with adjusting the LF knob totally changes the sound. Obviously the higher you turn it up it noticeably plays louder down low. When Kong first appears in the first 3 minutes of Kong, I played it back to back with the LF adjust off, halfway and full on.
At Cut, it sounds tight and no rattles and shakes on my windows or wall. At halfway I smiled as it was totally badass and was completely different. I did notice that I can hear the woofer on the Cap 1400 the higher I introduce LF. Is this normal? It sounds like a piece of paper / the woofer shaking and I can hear it. I never notice this with the 1801. Turning down LF to cut makes it so you cannot hear the paper rattling sound. Does it need to break in more, or is it possibly defective?
The sound signatures are different, and originally I thought that while watching the movies the sub should be more in your face. Obviously this is all adjustable by how loud you turn the gain and settings. However, playing the Cap at the same Audyssey adjustments it is just as loud, but less in your face which seems to bother me now.
It seems like the 1400 plays more effortlessly, if I had to describe it. It melts into the content. My room is ginormous at 11,000 cubic feet but it as if the whole room is filled, and it is very hard to detect where the bass is coming from. Two would be even more difficult and badass I am sure. The 1801 I am slightly more able to tell where the bass is coming from.
I had the cut at halfway and I forget the scene, but I could literally see the screen shaking and vibrating on my 75 inch TV. This is something I never noticed with the 1801. I can also sometimes feel the 1400 on my shirt as well. I don’t think my shirt is moving but I can feel it, if that makes sense. I have yet to really feel chest slam, but am still testing and have mostly been listening at the level Audyssey set, or testing +3 hot. I am about 13 feet away.
To Mark Seaton, thank you for mentioning the LF adjust feature and to turn it down. I tested with changing the distances of the 1400 and exiting out of the menu like you suggested, but did not really notice much difference. What specifically should I look for when changing the distance? It is set to 18 feet.
I wish I had an SPL meter and stuff to do more testing for you guys. I am just getting into the hobby but figured I would give you my thoughts. I have to figure out what to do soon, but am now leaning towards keeping the Cap 1400 as something was clearly wrong the first time I ran audyssey. Now its a totally different experience. I want to note I am not trying to make anyone wrong, just giving my thoughts and experiences. They are both killer subs. Still testing a bit so I may post some more thoughts as I go through some more ultimate bass movies. I think maybe Pacific Rim will be next. Any other suggestions?
Edit: also I know it isn't necessarily "fair" to compare a $1,400 sub vs a $2,000 sub and the 3601 would probably be more of a fair comparison. But the 1400 and 1801 were the two subs I was cross-shopping so maybe it will help someone. They are both spectacular and either way I don't think I'd be going wrong.
Last edited by Drew1204; 08-25-2017 at 02:12 PM.