Just a little update on my S2. About 3-4 months ago I had ordered a second Captivator w/ built in 4000W amp to mirror the one I already had but after changing my mind from the OS to a Captivator, I finally settled on the S2. I couldn't help it after my friend received his and gave it a glowing review. Just a little history of how I got here:
Keep in mind, my room is relatively small (12x17) and I really didn't need another subwoofer. One powered Cap was more than enough. I never clipped or strained it. I run it about 4-5 db hot. I have also had dual SVS Ultra's, dual Submersive HP's and even the Danley DTS 10. I want to preface that the following is my opinion only and do this hobby for fun, so take my opinion or not. I first started off with the Danley about two years ago but had to get rid of it. The new house I moved into was not big enough. My old house had a dedicated theater room. Once I got rid of the Danley, I bought a pair of SVS Ultras. They were good, except I felt they were a little too boomy for music play back, but excelled for HT use. I then decided I would try the Seaton HP's and placed my order for a pair of Black Oak HP's. A month later I got them in and hooked them up. I loved them with music but missed the slam of the SVS Ultras. Seaton's HP's were beautiful crafted cabinets and sounded great, but I determined I loved the slam of the ported Ultras. After a month I sold them a called in my Ultras again. Bored and wanting something more I decided to give the Captivator a shot. I had ordered from Jeff in the past and felt that he offered a great product at a competitive price. I know it takes a while to get your product but the wait both times between 2-4 months was worth it for me. Once I got my powered Captivator I realized I had finally found bass nervona. I felt more impact with the single Cap than I did with the pair of Ultras or the pair of HP's. I also never came close to realizing the full potential of this beast. It had more slam than all the others and was close to the HP's for music quality. Once I heard Jeff was changing the Captivator I put my order in so that I would be able to have a matched pair. I then read the famous Subwoofer shootout thread from beginning to end and realized the Sealed Captivator might be even better. Then came the new S2 design. I am so thankful that Jeff didn't process my order because I wouldn't have had time to change my mind at least (5) different times. :-)
Well, two weeks ago I finally go my S2 delivered. First off, Holy Cow this thing is big. Believe me, the pictures do not do it any justice. I was a little bummed that the power cord was missing from the pallet. The delivery driver must have lost it. Lucky for me, I already had the power cord from my other Cap. One note, I called Jeff the next day and he had another cord shipped out via Fedex that same day. Jeff, you rock! Once I got it calibrated I was ready to go. The funny thing is that I had to lower the gain all the way down to one click from the lowest setting, with my processor down to -7.5. That first day I ran it all the way up to +10db hot and for the life of me, can't see how anyone can do this. My main speakers, Aerial 7B's sounded like little Bose cubes. They were getting sand kicked in their face. I felt so shaken up, very similar to the 7B's, that I had to turn the S2 down. To sum it up, it shared all the characteristics of the HP's with music, except more, along with the impact of the ported Captivator, except more. It digs deeper than the Cap, but I still think the Cap moves more air. Seriously, this thing has unbelievable headroom. I don't even know if I could tell the difference between the Sealed Cap and the S2 at normal listening levels, they are both that good.
A couple of days later I called Jeff and expressed how happy I was with the S2 and asked him how sales were going. To my disbelief, I think I am one of only 5-6 people who have ordered and received one. I would like to tell anyone on the fence, ORDER THE S2!! It may take some time, but JTR's are worth the wait. Jeff, thanks for another awesome experience.
Lastly, I will be selling my Powered Captivator if anyone lives in Las Vegas is interested. I hope my review was helpful.