Good evening gentlemen. Sorry for the late post, but I just got home a few hours ago and spent every minute with the kids until they went to bed! I think I was the last member home due to the Monday GTG
From the time I stopped in PA on Thursday afternoon to pick up AVS' favorite primate, until I the last audio/movie clip got turned off and Andrew's place today, I had such a blast. I have some folks I consider true friends from this crazy hobby and it was great to road trip together and spend a few days going nuts. Thanks to each of them, Gorrila, Beast and Popalock for giving me a place to stay at each stop along the way. The hospitality of these guys is world class. I enjoyed the company of everyone at the GTG thoroughly, great bunch! Bosso, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you, here your comments and learn a few things, not to mention have some great non-audio convo. What you and Paul do with your gear is truly impressive.
When arriving in NC on Friday, we took the convoy right to SI to meet Nick at get to check out their facility. It was very hard to keep us all contained when seeing that much woofage in one place
Nick, thanks for having us man, and for letting me visit my octuplet 24z before they get shipped out
I'll say one thing..no one who ever orders and SI product need worry about its performance capabilities after the testing that goes on there! Next I got a chance to chill out and catch up with friends on Friday night...thanks guys for being so patient with the worst case of ADHD known to man
Getting to spend some time listening to music and clips on Brandon's setup was a treat. His room is so well done and the sound is wonderfully balanced...even after the blasting I took at the hands of the 145db run in the Sundown vehicle earlier on Friday
Now for the show. Saturday morning was like waking up on Christmas waiting to open gifts in the form of some of the best audio gear known to man. I'll keep it a bit generalized as I feel that even early in the day the Miller lite may have impaired my ability to make technical assessments
I absolutely loved the way those SH50s stay consistent from seat to seat and draw such a great soundstage. I also enjoyed the Noesis, which I have heard quite a few times before...as others have said, there were things each did well. I was also anxious to hear the LMS, as I haven't had that opportunity prior. I feel like both the LMS and the 24"si both could have benefit from placement and eq, but that didn't cloud the obvious fact that they were both world class. I have to admit that I was very anxious having ordered 8 of the 24z prior to ever hearing them in anything other than free air, but once I settled down and paid attention it became obvious...I could not have made a better choice if I'd heard every sub in the free world. In the end, I think the SI is the clear choice over the LMS if you can accommodate the enclosure size. I can't believe that one driver could shake a house like that 24. Bravo Nick, I can't tell you how happy I am to welcome the 8 little bundles of joy into our home!
Seeing SL for the first time and Paul's ability to run it was very impressive to say the least. It is so cool to watch that while the track is playing and see the results.
Austin, thanks for driving that beast of a trailer up and down the mountains of NC for us!
Brandon, thanks again for a great stay in Ashville brotha!!
Here are a few pics to show some of our adventure
Here's own of me being assaulted by the slew of 18s courtesy of Popalock, aka Popalocked out of the Expedition, aka DJ Lost Keys
Someone tell Plock to get off my roof!!
...and finally, Si24 vs VW Jetta on the mean streets of Chantilly VA....sorry VW, it's not looking good for you.
One other quick things....I have commented to Andrew many times how great his room sounds with his gear, but at every GTG he has we just never have time for the masses to hear it. This morning after moving things around and playing with sub positioning trying to find a way for him to fit 16 drivers behind the screen, we had a little session. His room sounds as good as any I've heard with those Yorks and the Dayton 18s. Next GTG at his place, I move we make his setup the first demo!