Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Santa Barbara, Ca
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I ordered my A5-350 a while ago, and it was delivered well in advance of Christmas. The Fed-Ex guy was even nice enough to bring it inside for my wife (since I was at work). So there I was, stuck at work until 8:am the next day, just thinking about how great it was going to be when I got home. Then life got in the way, and I didn't have a chance to break it out.
Which normally wouldn't be a big deal, but I had to start a 120 hour set of shifts the next morning. So that was *5* more days of thinking about the giant box sitting in my entry. That made it a week. When I finally got off, the list of things to do to prep for Christmas was huge (having been gone for 5 straight days). But that night, a buddy came over, and we managed to move the sub into the theater room (by using my son's skateboard as a furniture dolly). Hooked it up, gave it a "close enough" calibration with the SPL, and watched M&C first battle. The 45 seconds before the wife came in and yelled at me for rattling the dishes in the kitchen (not exactly close to the theater) was *amazing*
With the room sealed, every time the cannons went off we could feel our pants brushing our ankles. So, we turned it down and queued up the desert battle from Transformers. Made it to the airstrike before both wives came in and yelled about waking up the kids (and this through insulated double drywall). It was a heartbreaker, but we turned everything off. Just a taste.
Since then, I had to work Christmas day, and we left for family Christmas as soon as I got home on the 26th. Now, I'm back at work for another 120 hour shift (this one over New Years, so no sleep tonight). So it'll be Friday at the earliest before I get enjoy my new purchase.
In the meantime, my wife has had two different girl's movie nights while I've been stuck at work. She reports that the new sub sounds great, although how great can it really be when you're watching stuff like "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Notting Hill?"
This is turning out to be a really long post.... but here I sit, with 550W of goodness waiting for me, stuck with built-in TV speakers and a boss who is addicted to "The Western Channel." Haunted by a textured black box.
All I can say is the first thing I'm going to do when I get home on Friday is lock myself in the theater for at least an hour with a huge bowl of popcorn and a giant coffee. I'm going to savor every moment, made all the sweeter for the longing. Now the only question is... "what to watch first?"