Looks like I will be the first one to post about the Subwoofer GTG, of which I attended.
I left earlier than most, but I left thoroughly impressed with some of the stuff I heard.
First off, as most probably would have guessed, the LMS 18 6^3 sealed was an amazing subwoofer. The sheer output and impact this thing put out at obscene levels was pretty astounding. I did not stick around long enough to hear the XXX-18" 6^3 sealed sub in comparison (they needed to share the same enclosure, so the LMS was tried first, with the XXX being swapped in later), but the XXX would have been right up there, I'm sure. I was told by a few of the VERY educated and experienced attendees that the XXX and LMS are both incredible drivers for the money, and worth the price of admission. Only having heard one, I'd certainly agree and have no reservations recommending the LMS. And even though I didn't get any listening time with the XXX, based on the experience of others much more experienced than I, I can safely recommend the XXX as well. These drivers are monsters!
Although the above mentioned blew me away, nothing blew my mind like the A15H and pair of 18" PR's in it's unique enclosure (hopefully pictures will be posted later). Sure, the 18" drivers moved more air (and they should, as they are larger), but this 15" with dual passive radiators was probably the best subwoofer I've ever heard. Personally, I am not in search of ridiculous SPL, but this thing got loud, hit hard and did it will speed and great musicality. It was tight, reached deep and easily filled the room. I remember helping merrymaid load his Rythmik subwoofer into his car, then walking back into warpdrv's garage to take the garage door entrance down into the basement (where all the subwoofers were). Well, I heard the A15H and pair of 18" PR's in the garage, loud and clear. I had assumed someone really cranked up the LMS. As I got into the basement and into warpdrv's "woodshop," which is a larger offset room next to the listening room, I could REALLY feel this custom subwoofer built by John Janowitz of Acoustic Elegance
. Again, I thought one of the larger 18" subs was playing. When I walked into the listening room and learned that the smaller 15" driver (with the aid of the two passive radiators) was outputting what it did, I immediately knew my 15" TC2000 DIY subwoofer at home would never sound the same. My eyes have been opened, and my subwoofer listening at home has been ruined.
That could be a good or bad thing. Good because now I want one of those custom basboys, but bad because it's going to hurt my wallet and I am going to have to convince my wife that we need to replaced the subwoofer I just paid off.
If I don't post again on these forums for a few weeks, I'm dead because my wife killed me.
Patrick, thanks so much for allowing us to invade your home. You're an awesome host! I also want to thank Patrick's darling girlfriend, Angie. She pretty much catered the entire event with some very scrumptious eats. God bless her soul - she put up with us AND cooked for us. NICE!
I would have loved to have stuck around longer and get more listening time with the other subwoofers, plus see measurements of each, but I had to get home to the family. I had a great time and met some really awesome people. It was a pleasure to meet you all!
P.S. Anyone with a XXX or LMS is sitting pretty.