The UPS driver backed right up to my front door at noon today and very carefully brought my two F15HP inside for me. Oddly,one was double boxed and one was single boxed.
No matter,there was no damage. To give you just a little background,Feb.15th I had open heart triple bypass surgery.
The subs were ordered before I went in as kind of a motivation for myself to heal faster.
Well,I'm recovering nicely and while I'm now healthy enough to enjoy my new subs, I can't lift anything heavy. So,I got to look at the boxes for 7 hours 'till 2 friends could come over and do the heavy work.
After they were in place and connected,my helpful friends wanted to hear them. I tried to explain that they needed to be adjusted,tweaked,and broken in. They still wanted to hear them. I put a cd in,and turned it up. They thought it sounded great, I thought it sucked.
After getting them to leave, I went to work. Lots of listening,adjusting,listening,adjusting,....you know.
Interestingly,I set the phase old school;play something with strong bass,especially around the xover freq.,set the distance higher than you'll need,close your eyes and slowly lower the distance until the bass is the loudest.The distance was the same as Brian's subtuner(not the actual distance)! Anyhow, a little over an hour later ,time for the first audition. The first four cuts were;Etta James(in memory)"Tell Mama",Emmylou Harris "Tulsa Queen"(live version from Spyboy),Tom Petty "Running Man's Bible"(from Mojo) and David Lindley "Mercury Blues" from El-Rayo X. Night and day difference from "out of the box"!
They sound great!
The best part is I know that in a couple of weeks,between some more tweaking and break-in,they'll sound even better.
The ever changing 2 channel system in the living room currently has 2 Velo DD12+ and for the last 2 weeks the system where the F15hps are had 2 Def Tech supercubes(on loan). So far, I think the dual F15HPs are better than either. As you can imagine,after sitting around for 6 weeks waiting and thinking about the new subs,my expectations were pretty high. I think they've been surpassed!