Originally Posted by Paul Scarpelli
Go to the Triad website and read the reviews of the Gold PowerSub. It had the fastest pulse response one reviewer ever measured in a subwoofer. It actually does not have "huge" bass, playing to fairly high levels, but the emphasis in design was on articulate bass with extension. Ed Mullen measured response flat to 13 Hz in his room, partially because of room gain. The Eminence driver isn't one of those floppy devices with 2" of x-max, the enclosure is as dead as Kelsey's nuts, and we use a real amplifier with a damping factor of 1000:1 (not that damping factor is all that important.)
I'm using two of these subs in my theater, so in addition to nice, deep, clear bass, I also have "huge" bass when I need it. We tend not to talk about our subs much, but I thought I would set the record straight.
I did in fact read those reviews some time ago but of course all the reviews, specification sheets and hype in the world can't compare to just a few minutes listening to a speaker with my own ears.
According to a first hand account "The Bass will shake the place apart if your not carefull" and that sounds "huge" to me!
I'll accept your more precise description of the sub though Paul.
As a scientifically trained person myself (in biochemistry not acoustics) I can certainly appreciate good empirical evidence and data about the physical characteristics of your subwoofer speakers but my affinity to the scientific method precludes me from interpreting it as an indication that they'll sound great to me in my home theater. That would be a scientifically invalid conclusion. I don't want to come across as unfair or overly critical (if there is such a thing) but I've yet to see any valid experimental evidence that your company or anyone for that matter can quantify by measurement what will sound great to my ear in my home theater. To be honest I believe that they may sound very good or even great but tossing out data only serves to confuse people - I'm sure you're not claiming to have solved the physics of personal preference when it comes to speaker sound reproduction? I'm just saying that to set the record straight.
Since we're on the subject I can add that I've not been impressed with some of the tactics of your speaker company and since you're obviously an official representative I'll take the opportunity inform you why that is the case (not that you necessarily care what I think
). You may not be aware that I was recently quite enthused about the prospects of auditioning your speakers after reading all the positive comments I read on this forum. However, after speaking with the local Triad rep in my area that all changed abruptly. He informed me that it is very difficult to arrange an audition (much less a direct speaker comparison) because you cater to custom installers and have no "retail" outlet. He did say he'd look into finding somewhere for me to listen to at least some model of Triad speaker but he never did bother to return my phone call.
From all of that I can only assume that your company deliberately targets speaker sales to people that will rarely or never be given an opportunity to directly compare your speakers to other makes (or even hear them before installation). Since I know you can't dispute that actually listening to a loudspeaker is the only way to make an inheriently subjective choice about speaker preference I must conclude your business relies on marketing and hype as much or more than actual performance to sell your products. As a logical extension of that your role on this forum seems to be self evident.
I don't mean to sound harsh because unfortunately a vast majority of corporations today have no ethics whatsoever and your transgressions (as I see them anyway) are probably tame relative to many others; however yours certainly is not the kind of business I'd patronize under the circumstances. This is a classic case of buyer beware if there ever was one.
I know you'll have a defense but please consider it for what it's worth and drop a little note in the company picnic suggestion box to change your tactics. If your speakers really were half as good as the claims made on this forum I think it's a shame you restrict sales to those that buy strictly on faith... let's call the change a faith based initiative!