I thought the G2G I hosted yesterday came off rather well. We had a nice number of attendees (15) and everyone seemed to have a good time. I owe big thanks to Jeff Permanian for creating the wonderful high dollar value speakers that provided the big SPL assault we all experienced yesterday as well his help in setting everything up. Also, I'd like to thank Vivitek for providing the H9080FD LED based DLP projector.
I also have to acknowledge my better half Karen for all of the food prep and for being her normal gracious and good natured self (I am a lucky guy
). Finally, I'd like to thank the attendees many of whom I had not met prior to the HT G2G. It is a little scary inviting people you don't know into your home, but as Karen noted to me after everyone had left, what a great group of guys. I hope that they had as good a time as I did and I feel as though I have some new friends who share my passion for this crazy hobby. I would be remiss if I didn't give a special thanks to Keith Yates and Roger Dressler. It was an honor to have these very professional gentlemen (and they are in the truest sense of the term) attend this amateur G2Gand share their vast knowledge of this hobby we all love.
As to the specifics, to test out my very bass capable HT and the new JTR Captivator subs, we did a full tilt assault on everyone's aural senses with demos were of the usual LFE suspects (WOTW, Open Range, Master and Commander, Dark Knight Incredible Hulk etc. Many attendees brought demo material (thanks) and I tried to mix in as much of that as possible. Some of the most interesting (provided by Fugueness-Peter) were Asian titles with some of the most epic (and entertaining) battle sequences I have ever seen. Kim Ji-Woon's kimchi western The Good, The Bad and the Weird is the one I remember and will be added to my bluray collection as a reference AV disk.
The JTR components did what they do in providing incredible dynamics and I think all who heard them now understand what I mean when I use that term. Adding the 2010 Triple 8's and Slanted 8's as surrounds has made a huge difference in the overall sound of my system.
In my limited time with them, the new model Captivator subs are exceeding my expectations. I have a bit of integration work yet to do so they play nice with the Danley's, but when I played them alone these bandpass design subs were as clean and powerful as any bass machines I have heard. Their reasonably small form factor and 100 lb weight allows some placement flexibility and the clean output makes them ideal for music and HT applications. To me, they are an incredible bargain @ the MSLP of $999/ea.
As to the Vivitek, some less than stellar reviews had significantly lowered my expectations regarding this first to market LED based machine. I'm no videophile, but to my eyes this unit produced a very rich and clear image with excellent colors and amazing amount of DLP POP considering the limited light controlled conditions for the G2G. I will be very interested in any attendees take on the video but from my perspective, the H9080FD shows the great potential of LED based machines.
My biggest regret (Homer Simpson D'OH!) is that I did not take one picture of the event. I was so caught up in the moment it completely slipped my mind (age does that
). In any case, I had a great time and look forward to doing this again in the spring. My thanks again to everyone and it's time to go watch a movie!
Here is a picture of the Vivitek projector and the size relative to my JVC:
And here is the new front end with the Triple 12's and the Captivators: