BTW the ARO function was bypassed when John (Jakeman) was over. I just had some "cut" on the ELF trim as well as a "dip" programmed into my Anthem D1 around 35hz.
I bought the Fathoms mainly for home theater. I'm still a believer in the full-range main speaker for my 2 channel listening, although I will try my ATC 50s with the sub when I get around to it. That being said, I don't know of any sub that puts out more output for anywhere near the size/price and that's why I bought them (and I could have bought almost any sub out there). Yeah, the Genelec HTS6 is powerful but it's also huge. The large SVS is, well, large! Same with the Definitive Tech Trinity. If you can find more output for less money then there will probably be some type of tradeoff. Sounds like some people like a little more tactile feel and that is easy to dial in. I don't actually know of any sub that has uniformly more output than this one in a cosmetically acceptable package with the same quality (Geez, I'm beginning to sound like TheEAR!!!!
I hope no-one makes a buying decision on my or Jakeman's "mini-review" because it's still being done in an "unfinished" basement. Plus it's obvious Jakeman and I have slightly different tastes as I thought some of the bass on the music tracks was overdone (we were running the subs without any processing for some of the time). Go listen to them for yourself if you get a chance if you are seriously considering them, or just buy them...
Someone on another thread made a good point about the settings that people prefer on their subs are their own and don't necessarily say anything about the subs in question. That is so true. I've made my biases clear in that I prefer quality to quantity if I have to trade one off. I don't believe you have to make the trade with a PAIR of these Fathoms. I also have a B&W ASW4000 sub which is a large-box vented 15incher which is fabulous for home theatre. It was reviewed favourably and has huge output down to 25hz with pretty good output at 20hz. I haven't tried it in the same spot as the Fathoms in my new house but, as expected, a pair of the Fathoms is in a totally different league in terms of output and quality based on the B&W in my old place as well as in my current house (but in a different location within the room). I used to believe that large vented boxes were the only way to go for home theater satisfaction but I don't anymore. You can make a Fathom sound bass-heavy and overbearing if you like but you can't make most other high-output subs sound musical and "tight".
For those people auditioning any sub be it the Fathoms, DD18, SVS etc... when you are in someone's house or at the dealer and you are assessing a sub, ask yourself if the room shape, size, etc... are similar to your own room. Scrutinize the settings to see if they jive with your own preferences. I don't know any dealers that let you try the subs at home so if you find one treat them like gold!
I made my decision to buy the subs based on reading the published reviews, the mini-reviews on this website (and some reading between the lines), Craigsubs measurements, and the technical specs/size etc..... There are no stocking dealers around here (Toronto) so it was a bit of a gamble, and I think it has paid off.