Well, I wanted to briefly comment on the speakers at the GTG. I arrived a bit late to the GTG due to travel distance, but did get to talk to Rick about his line array speakers. I thought the speakers sounded best in the sweat spot (center of the couch) and a bit interestingly, in the middle of the stair case 20+ feet across from the speakers. That was a cool thing to hear.
Later in the night we got to hear warpdrv's set-up in a bedroom. He had Soundscape 7's and a DIY subwoofer in the bedroom. Yes, in a bedroom. They sounded terrific during the music demos that I heard, although, I never did get to hear "Boom Boom Pow" with the Soundcape 7's as I had requested
At the end of the evening, we ended up back in the large living room so Patrick could put on a show with his Paradigm's and his beautiful DIY subwoofers. I got to see his equipment in the basement beforehand, and he was utilizing 2 - 4000 watt amplifiers to power each of his 3 subwoofers. Yes, that is double the wattage utilized in an Orbit Shifter! And I thought my home theater dreams were ambitious
After some nudging, I was able to convince Patrick to put on the Boom Boom Pow song. He had the a huge 18" dual opposed subwoofer in 3 corners, which formed a sort of triangle to the listening position. Standing in the middle of the triangle, the bass was impressive during the B.E.P. song. It was very clean bass, which not every subwoofer can provide.
As I am a movie buff and lover of high-end home theater material, the highlight of the day for me was listening to 2 movie clips:
1) Open Range;
2) Master & Commander.
I had the pleasure of hearing each of these 2 movies at reference level during the JTR Open House not so long-ago. As I have told others, I was quite impressed with how well Jeff's system performed during these 2 movies in particular! That being said, I was literally amazed the first time that I heard that first gun shot in Open Range in Patrick's system. The scene was extremely dynamic with his speaker and sub combination. Not necessarily louder than the JTR demo mind you, but the sound produced with the gun shots in Patrick's system is something everyone should hear for themselves! This is just an excellent movie to showcase a home theater. I went out and purchased the DVD today for the future.
Regarding Master & Commander, I don't think I have ever heard a system put out more output (from the perspective of sheer volume) than I heard at the JTR Open House with dual Orbit Shifters. That being said, the initial cannonball scene on Patrick's set-up offered a very dynamic and enjoyable listening experience. His large living room, with vaulted ceiling, made the room come alive, and I think the triangulation of his sub-woofers was complimenting the experience marvelously. The cannonball managed to impress without getting to ear-splitting volume.
In the end, I am extremely pleased that I made the journey to attend the GTG! It had been less than 10 days since I was the JTR Open House and I was going through home theater withdrawal!!