Originally Posted by point1
I went through exactly the same thought process as you did. In fact I put my submersives HP for sale sometime ago for exactly the same asking price as yours.
Here is the thread that I started and got feedbacks
Captivator 2400 x 2 or something else?
I ultimately came to the conclusion that the OS LFU just took up too much space and after talking to Mark,
I decided that my upgrade path would consist of adding master/slave Submersives HPi...
4 is better than 2.
Interestingly enough, our room size looks like it is very similar.
I really appreciate you sharing your experience and linking your thread sharing your thoughts as you made the decision. Do you have all 4 Submersives set up yet? I am just curious to hear your thoughts after the additional 2.
I do wish the Submersive XL's were available now. It would make this decision much easier and would visually look better than two orbit shifter LFU's. I do think I could accomodate two orbit shifter LFU's - one under each of my surrounds. I would just have to pop the surrounds off the wall and put them on top. Two XL's would be a better visual option but still not sure. I have read that one orbit shifter lfu = 2 Cap S2's above 20 HZ. And I would imagine
the new XL would be roughly on par with a Cap S2 (again all theory without it being here so please excuse this virtual comparison - sorry about this hypothesis - just going off what I know so far). Two orbit shifter LFU's would cost less than 4 Submersives. I could get them and if I am unhappy with the under 20 HZ performance, add some sealed subs (maybe an XL when it comes out) in the back and somehow just DSP it for under 20-25 HZ duties (not sure how this would be done but I am sure there is a way).
Option 2 is to just sit on my hands and wait for the XL to come out. I could start with 2 and add more down the road if I feel I need them. I really do love the dual opposed design that Mark uses to keep the cabinet so inert and vibration free - just an elegantly efficient design compared to all front firing IMO. Maybe doesn't look as cool as all front firing though but it's neat stuff.
Option 3 is to do what you did and go to 4 Submersives. This option is harder for me to do knowing that 1 Cap S2 or (again in theory) 1 XL should
outperform approx 2 Submersives
(again please forgive generalizations as I am sure many factors are involved and my intention here is not to offend - just share my current thought process). And if I stay on the sealed bandwagon, two Cap S2 or XL's (depending on future pricing that is not here yet) would/should be less $$ than four Submersives. The only down side to any of this is with 4 submersives I could potentially smooth the bass response even more - but according to the http://www.harman.com/EN-US/OurCompa...s/multsubs.pdf
(harman white paper on multiple subs) I should get 90% there with 2 subs.
Difficult decisions indeed! Thanks for sharing your thought process. All advice is welcome. And again, please forgive the comparisons - I am just trying to share where my head is at.