I'm a jinx
Went to listen to the Fathoms at a different location - my first experience was a disappointment.
Went prepared this time, and had a few familiar things to demo. I was impressed by the location, which shall remain nameless, and the gear looked good (McIntosh, Classe, and B&W). They had the Fathom hooked up and were happy to fire everything up and asked what I had brought along.
Pulled out The Haunting DTS, and went to the bedroom scene. Could instantly tell that this sub had very impressive output. Really moved air and set things to shaking (wood sub floor). Was prepared to be truly impressed as she dives out of the bed (forget the character/actresses name).
The sub CLEARLY BOTTOMED OUT, and not just on the big one (those familiar with the scene know what I mean). Listened to the rest of the scene, but it didn't get any better.
Told the salesman I'd had enough, and handed over a CD. Enya's Watermark, track 10, The Longships.
It just bottomed out repeatedly. Very bad. The salesman began to apologize, and said he'd never heard this before. He was immediately on the phone with the rep to see if there was a problem. He ended up recalibrating, so I tried Enya again. It was better, but still a LONG ways to go before I would even consider that kind of $$$.
Left quickly saying I would try again after they had a chance to figure out what was wrong.
I currently have a Velodyne F1500R. It reproduces all of The Longships notes accurately (at least to my ears), but not with as much authority and impact as I would like.
I'll give this thing one more try, but right now, I don't get what all the fuss is about.
How long till Seaton gets dealers?