Originally Posted by blazar
I love it when folks ask you to "audition a sub in your own home". Having done a fair amount of that, I can say it was a collosal waste of time...
Ok, but that's for you - you have a dedicated home theater (and an obvious need for serious bass
), so auditioning subwoofers becomes a major undertaking. You offer good advice for people in similar situations, but I wonder if you've actually bothered to read the last page or two of posts. Like I've already mentioned, I honestly don't think JL was targeting people like you with the Fathom line. These are purpose built to look nice and be discreet, so they can blend in with your furniture, and your significant other might actually like how they look. To me, they seem most at home in a living room, where they can be tucked away wherever convenient, then let ARO smooth out the bumps (although I've found that solution to be somewhat lacking). That's not to say they can't get the job done in other situations, but people are of course well advised to take the time to educate themselves before buying any kind of HT gear.
Nobody is saying that Fathom subs will give you "truly epic sound". We have defended them simply because they excel in the applications for which they were designed. This should become self-evident with just a modest amount of research.
Also, keep in mind that people will have different expectations of the sound they're looking for, so for some (like me!), they could be just "epic" enough (and I only use a pair of F112s). I know most people here at AVS are not exactly mainstream consumers, but there is no shortage of resources to put you on the right track. 95% of the folks that have heard my system have never heard anything like it before. They would be thrilled to have half the sound I get.
We are absolutely not trying to steer people wrong in this thread. Of course, from time to time, some people might get a little carried away singing the praises of their favorite sub. Typical online forum behavior, nothing more. If you think you can spend a few minutes digging around in here and come up with the solution to your home theater woes, you are sadly mistaken. Ask questions. Start a help thread. Put in a little effort and you will find your way. These are lessons most internet users should have learned by now.