Okay, finally got a minute around here....geez, doesn't the rest of the world know to leave a guy alone to his toys!
The build was fairly easy up until the point that we had to put the final side on. I anticipated from the beginning that it might cause some trouble and it did. There's a half dozen or more dados that all have to line up properly, and it just wasn't happening. So with PL Premium all over the place, Tom and I wrestled with this one piece for nearly an hour.
Finally, out of frustration I stood up on the box and it snapped down into place. This cabinet is about the strongest wooden structure I've seen. Built like a tank. Construction was, overall, a rewarding experience.
Finished the cabinet around noon today and then took out the Behringer EP4000. Figured out how to configure it to bridged mono and turned everything on. I could immediately tell that the "tone" of the test tones was different than it had been with my old Velodyne (which by the way, that trusty sub gave me 15 years of reliable thumping
). This tone continued to be evident in all the following demos.
The first two demos were "This is It" and "Star Trek" (the latest one). It took all of 10 seconds to realize that the mid base was much improved. Even in the opening dialog scenes, voices were fuller. I had never taken measurements in my room, but I'm guessing there was a frequency gap between the Velo and the KL650's. Instantly, it was more seamless. My visit to Danley got me more excited about the SH50's, and having the DTS-10 in my room was initially showing itself most in my mains...not the sub at all. Maybe this is the ultimate compliment in that the sub was playing a supporting role better than the old sub? I think so.
In the mid base range, It was really thumping! In your chest thumping. While playing "Star Trek" (which we also demo'd in Mike's personal theater) Tom and I just looked at each other grinning! It really gave the impression of an improved system all across the board....from dynamics, to frequency balance and range. I was very proud of the direction I'm heading acoustically!
Later that evening I got a chance to play a bit more. I used "Lord of the Rings" and did the "Moria" chapter. Does anyone know what frequencies that lowest thump is after the armor is knocked down the well? It was lower than anything I'd heard in the room before. Sort of "grab hold of all the air in the room" low.
Few comments on improvements that I need to work on:
My mid base is much harder hitting than the lowest stuff. Maybe an eq is in order?
The room has a bit more of a "tub" tone. You can see on my construction thread that it's an unfinished room. Maybe the higher SPL's are making it more obvious that I need the carpet and more linacoustic (base traps) to tame things?
Another observation (and I commented on it at the Danley showroom as well) is that the system as a whole is more impactful even at the lower SPL's. It's changed my mental calibration of what "loud" is. Averages of around 90db sound much louder now than the same measurements did prior to the Danley. I suppose it's the capability of more dynamic peaks that causes this?
In contradiction to the above comment, I can listen with the processor volume up higher than before. Volume settings at +5db sound effortless.
Giving you my "raw" thoughts....any comments are welcomed.