That looks good Brandon. You should be and are justifiably proud ... was that L&R speakers or?
That was the stereo sweep for each position, as in both going at the same time.
In any case, Tom Danley does wonders with his Synergy Horn designs. I visited forum member zacjones's HT
yesterday. Unlike us Beast, Zac has a life and doesn't post much but he does need to update his HT Build Thread with pics and info
. He and a friend came to my HT first and then we caravaned over to his place after an hour of listening to my system. He had heard my Triple 12/OS based setup and I had heard his Danley SM60F's and (SM LPM?) surrounds when he first got them a couple of years ago. He had some large DIY 18" subs and I thought his initial setup sounded good.
Graduating from those, I have to say the 60f's are an incredible performer and I likely would have been JUST fine keeping them. I deal for the big boys was simply too good to pass up
Since then, Zac has finished the room off with extensive treatments, the L&R Danley's built into columns and the SM60F center is on a custom pole stand. He has 2 powered screens (16:9 and 2:35 formats) and a JVC RS 45 (with a very cool power lift that drops out of the ceiling) that was Jeff Meier calibrated (Jeff did an audio calibration as well).
The HT is on the second story of his home (over the garage) and is a repurposed space that is wide and relatively shallow but open to a very large common area of the 2nd story. There are large openings in the back wall as well as a large open entrance to the HT space. For aesthetic reasons, Zac decided to leave the space open and deal with any acoustic consequences as best he could. He also built a (8) IXL18.4 IB subwoofer system that is under floor mounted and there are two large (I'd guess 36"X36") custom grills on the floor for the IB. They are approximately in line with the mains half way between the speakers and the seating.
The only IB system I have heard at this point was the one I put into the back of the theater and it was in fact one of the cleanest sounding setups period. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and might end up with something back near there again to supplement, as it really did smooth out the very low end.
OK, now I had always considered an IB sub system and have a nice space that would allow me to do this but out of laziness (too busy posting here
) I didn't do it. Zac's IB setup is the best HT LFE setup I have ever heard
. We listened to several movie demos (LOTR, FOTP, WOTW, Art O Flight) several of which we had just listened to in my HT and his setup blew me away ... literally with silly grin and all. The bass was so perfectly integrated with the Danley's and extended so deep that it was just one seamless sound system with incredible power and depth. It may be the best HT sound system I have ever heard and his video wasn't far behind. He used REW on his HTPC to measure but I did not see any measurements nor did I ask what he used for EQ. Guess I was so caught up in the moment (and a bit pressed for time) that I forgot to ask those very relevant questions. Maybe Zac will check in here and provide that info.
I really hope he does, I would love to pick his brain a little The Danley thread is a ghostyard, and why I stay around here with all you cool cats.
So, I heard an IB system that is a bench mark for great HT bass (I assume it would be equally good for music) and the Danley speakers were a perfect match. Tom Danley is truly one of the most innovative audio engineers (just ask Jeff P) and he gets a lot out of what would otherwise be rather pedestrian components. It is a case where excellent product engineering allows for the use of well matched components to produce a world class sound.
Kudos to Zac for a wonderful and creative self built HT. I tend to be a little jaded about these things but Zac's system succeeded in getting my jaw to drop ...
Well played sir ...