Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Highland Park,Illinois,U.S.A
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I decided to redo the sound in my room. I started last year by changing out my amps to the new Bryston gear. I followed up by getting an Anthem Statement processor, and then I finally got an MBL 101e center, to go along with the front pair. Last stop on that train was subville. Mark is local, so I sold my REL Studio and bought 3 Submersives. More importantly, I also hired Mark to calibrate them and integrate them into the system, and ultimately, the room.
I have since learned what people have been saying for years. The room and the system are a unit, one can't divorce one from the other.
Mark started by bringing the subs in and setting them up. I have a difficult room, brick walls and treatments in place, set up by an amateur. That first day, he made some recommendations about wall treatments. I switched out to some Gik bass traps, and added to some diffusers that were already on the ceiling. The basic concept was absorption on the walls, particularly the front one, and diffusion on the ceiling at the reflection points of the fronts and the centers.
I bought a Bryston sub crossover to help integrate 2 of the subs with the 101's and a Behringer sub EQ unit. Then Mark started his magic. He used a combination of EQ, playing with the crossover points and the Anthem processor to set delays for the LFE sub, and there is magic in the room. While not ruler flat, there are no significant peaks or dips in the bass response curve. Thanks to some judicious speaker repositioning, both 2 channel and surrround sound fantastic. He put in a movie to check out the final results, and I had the odd sensation of my shirt MOVING when the bass started.
What a master. By far the best money I could have spent on the system.