Originally Posted by Gamma Curve
Congrats to all the sub 12 owners out there...it is an amazing little sub!
I have had my sub 12 for a few months now. It was PBK'd first and then I ran audyssey using the denon4310. I have paradigm studio 60's, CC690 and axiom qs8's to round out the system.
This is where I think I can definitely tell what pbk did. In two channel listening with CD's running pure direct - no sub, the studio 60's (which are great speakers) emphasize some base frequencies. Go into stereo mode and introduce the sub and the emphasized bass notes are gone. You just get smooth articulate bass from the sub 12. Audyssey equalizes the studio 60's and flattens out their response. Also the cross-over gets bumped up to 80 Hz.
So I know that many of you know this but the room can really have a huge impact on the sound. So when comparing subs, you really have to keep that in mind. One sub might have more impact than another just based on placement in the room.
The movie that really made me smile with the sub 12 was hurt locker. There is a scene near the beginning where the bomb is triggered by the guy on a cell phone that just rattled the place (no resonances in the HT though). My wife said glasses were shaking (12 feet vertically and 40 feet horizontally from the sub 12). OH YEAH! The amazing thing is that I could continue to turn it up and the sub 12 would continue to produce. Just phenomenal! Another part in the movie is where they are pinned down by a sniper in the desert and one of them hops on the 50 mm gun on the humv. Tight tight bass! You could feel every shot.
Other movies that had really good LFE (not throughout the whole movie but definitely good parts)
Flight of the pheonix (plane crash scene...this is my preferred demo)
Chronicles of Riddick (lots of bass through out)
Max Payne (near the end where he slowly leans back with the shot gun)
9 (the animated feature) - (when the robot factory explodes)