Originally Posted by 3db The LV12R ARRIVES
I was enroute to the vet with sick cat in tow when my daughter called me indicating that UPS just left the subwoofer at the front door. She managed to gently role it on its side to get it into the door and pushed the carton far enough from the door to lock it.
I eventually returned home with the cat and some required meds and then looked at the box. “Wow!! This thing is big” I thought. I managed to carry the unit into the basement and into my home theater area.
I checked all around the box to see if there were any tears or puncture but it all seemed intact. I opened the box and noticed the instructions were lying on top of a Styrofoam foam tray that was used to keep the sub centred and anchored in the box. Along with the instructions were a couple of boxes which held the power cord and the sub’s rubber feet. As you can tell from the pics, the box was very sturdy with nice thick walls all around.
Lifting off the tray, I noticed that the sub was sealed in a plastic bag. I extracted the sub from the box after carefully laying the carton on its side.TIME TO COMPARE
Physically, this sub is much larger than the PSB Subsonic 5 sub it replaces as illustrated by the pics.
I initially put the LV-R12 where the PSB used to sit and quickly connected it to my system and loaded up Transformers in DVD on the Blu-ray player. I was shocked that I barely heard any bass at all from it. The PSB at that location easily outplayed it. Instead of panicking at this point, I thought a new bass crawl and a recalibration of YPAO was in order to rectify this. I wouldn’t be able to do this for another two agonizingly long days.The NEW SWEET SPOT
From the pics below, one can see that the new sweet spot was behind my left speaker. There was not a whole lot of room back there and I was worried that the sub’s proximity to my speaker would cause sonic issues. Brian Ding of Rythmik quickly responded to my inquiry and told me that this would not be an issue for either the speaker or the sub. I reran YPAO at this point and I was ready for my first foray into 20 Hz bass, something the PSB just could not do.
Congrats on the purchase! I just got done whatching.world war z, it sounds awsome with the lv12r! Gona sound even better when I get my fv15hps!The BASS
Since my primary purpose for this sub is HT, I primarily tested it using Blu-ray’s. Before I describe what I’ve heard during my listening tests, I want to put out a point of reference to SPL. I was listening to a level where just the dialog scenes were hovering between 75 and 80db. I should have measured the output during the bass peaks but I forgot too. I just was too amazed at what I was hearing.
I loaded up Iron Man 2 and this film is riddled with deep bass scenes from the get go. The opening scene has IronMan2 flying to the Stark Expo through the volley of exploding fireworks. Each explosion left both a very tactile thump in my chest and a nice tight articulate rumble that coursed through the room. The bass was tight with no hint of sloppiness.
I immediately followed up Ironman 2 with the Avengers, another film I would use to show off my HT system. During the collapse of the laboratory facilities, my eldest daughter calls me from her cell (she’s upstairs in the kitchen and directly overhead my listening position) saying that the empty can of bake beans has rattled across the sink and fell in. From my listening position, I felt my chest rattle as the lab was collapsing. I could easily make out individual bass notes during the collapse as well indicating how articulate the LV-R12 is in its bass delivery.
In a nut shell, I both felt and heard bass that was extremely tight and tuneful with no sloppiness or booming. I was quite amazed at how detailed the LV-R12 played. Not only did I feel the bass but I could easily discern individual notes changes within the scenes hearing the pitch rise and/or fall. I whole heartedly recommend this sub. Its even more remarkable when you consider its price tag of $589.