Originally Posted by SoundsGood
Yes, the sound quality comparison is key.
Tell your wife the work will have to wait. Lots of folks are waiting for your feedback!!
WOW, this is an excellent time to be shopping for a subwoofer with so many great products out now...I have posted elsewhere about the amazing sound quality of the PB13-Ultra's - a truly reference-quality sub IMO - and if I make any direct comparisons with them at all to the Conquest it is going to be at least several days because it would be absolutely wrong with products of this caliber to render a quick verdict without first having many hours of varied listening and lots of trial & error with room placement and phase. And besides that, I know I do not have the vast experience and expertise of someone like Craigsub to determine a relative ranking based on points. I want to be as fair as possible to both SVS and to Epik and give each product a thorough evaluation - both companies deserve at least that, and in the end, it is nothing more than my humble opinion about what kind of sound I happen to like in my particlur room.
Having said that, since this is the official Epik thread, here is an early glimpse of the quality of sound I heard tonight through the Conquest, after initially struggling with less-than-stellar SQ and a disappointing frequency response graph in my initial sub position that required some creative placement experimentation of the 250-pound beast in my 2500c.f. sealed room to find the sweet spot...
I ran the Flight Of The Phoenix crash scene and the Master & Commander first battle, and...I am almost at a loss for words...what I heard literally left my jaw agape...there was no sense of the sound coming from a separate box, but rather the bass was integrated into what was happening on the screen in a very powerful and visceral way, so that everything in the movie just semed so real
, like it was literally ocurring before my very eyes. There was an extra dimension of that elusive palpability
. The bass seemed to fill the entire room and the pressurization of the air (and shaking of the couch) was frequent and pronounced. Dynamic peaks had a sense of effortlessness. I was completely transported away during those two scenes that I have watched dozens of times before, and that's the best thing I can say for any piece of audio gear...
The Conquest setup experience has reminded me just how important it is to use, at the least, an SPL meter with correction factors and test tones to plot an in-room response graph for your sub and to remeasure after trying several different positions in order to get the best performance that subwoofer is capable of - the difference in sound between two placements can often be quite dramatic.
If anyone is curious about the total system that makes up the sound as a whole, the room has been treated with traps and panels and is relatively dead, source is an Oppo 970, amp is an Earthquake Cinenova Grande with H/K 340 functioning as pre/pro, and the five speakers are all Ascend 340SE's.
More to come as I get a chance to put in a wider variety of listening, especially with music...