We have dropped fancy audiophile equipment for more of DCI type components.
Just yesterday (and it cost me a 171$ traffic ticket for driving on the express lane of I-95) I went to listen to a good friend of mine's Installation. He is a top audio rep for a brand COLDMACHINE and JIM HTPC die for. Well, you can't say that I have given every audio brand, and not to mention several highly touted CEDIA DEMO booths, plus flew to Los Angeles to listen to the famous Piano maker's $350,000 and $1,000,000 sound systems, and my own slew of Dynaudios, Meridians, JBL Synthesis, McIntosh and Martin Logan.
To obtain the finest results for this project I have listened due diligently to everything out there, it is ironic that the lot of these systems are a joke compared to my 35 listening sessions of the Kraken at the 3-D Stadium. In my wildest dreams would have I ever thought contemplating what I am saying but the new CINEPRO BFM "is the drug I am thinking of."
Speaking of due diligence I had pre-configured a ($168K system at list) purchase order for the SKOLL room and had it in my pocket to negotiate an option for skoll in case the G system could deliver what I heard at the stadium- I also put on hold the skoll electrical plans as the cinepro reqires 6 30 amp 240 volt circuit. You guessed it, I didn't even bothered to take the piece of paper out of my pocket.
DISCLOSURE: I AM NOT ASSOCIATED and previous to cedia preferred to be entirely dissociated with CINEPRO, I am commenting out of my fatigue free marathon of 130db pure sonic nirvana for 2.5 days out of which I survived with my sensitive ears unscathed.
This very famous top 3 Nordic studio brand installation I heard yesterday sound was atrocious, to be polite.
First that 6 foot 4-driver coffin subwoofer sounds like every over subwoofer in the brand -designed to sound big but always sloppy, always slow, and always boomy- WHAT A POS, Not so with the CINEPRO or the JL's.
The surround speakers are like 4K each they have their own box- with Clash of the titan they farted apart. It is obvious that the driver choice does not cut it and they are severely underamplified, same with the 15" based fronts , NO HOLLOSONIC soundfield PURE fatigue ear damage at only 115db- a nightmare for my good friend the studio engineer. He did not disagree.
COLDMACHINE you are either a very unscrupulous manipulative self centered fill in the blanks (for sock pup-petering for this brand) or you are an IDIOT.
One of them. Have you ever seen the movie TARAS BULBA? Get it on 35mm at the end the tartars and the polish cavalry fight their ways into a raveen and 400 soldiers with their horses fall down a cliff. After last nigh I feel that this is what you are accomplishing at avsforum, and I have to pay a f_cking 171 dollar trafic ticket for this epiphany? LOL.
"But the room could have been treated differently" some could say it was treated proper. A fantastic space .
SINCE NO ONE SEEMS intent on getting screening room audio right, I am going to lay out the facts for home theater Audio System selection you completely have to dissociate yourself from the audiophile appendix legacy brands. For any brand that has evolved from 2 channel audio: exercise a healthy triple dose of skepticism invest in the clash of the titans (there exists no other reference ).
Play the Medusa scene, this should have an eery hollosonic soundtrack with incredible musicality and when the time is right (the medusa falls on the pit) prodigious tight layered bass that punches trough your chest. That is the way you will experience it with the BFM, maybe at 125 db without noticing any strain.
The scene of the Kraken starts with a loud heroic music score that climaxes with a monster creepily emerging out of the bottom of the ocean, as it slowly reveals itself the crescendo gets bigger and bigger (deeper and deeper) until it becomes mountainous
This mountain of a monster growls and it is as it were in the room, then the beast prepares itself to dispense his roar. Meanwhile the music and hollosonic surround has you grabbed by the B____s
it is a very tasking selection because unlike gunshots it is a complex mix -very layered. This is up to the point that the Kraken finally roars -it disgorges the Mount Everest of roars, humongous, slamming it front to back across the room with incredible panning accuracy until this Mount Everest of sound slams to the back wall and appears to demolish the back wall of the room with just the perfect amount of the multiple low frequency decays. It is one of the greatest rides in the history of audio, surround sound, and musicality. CAVEAT EMPTOR after yesterdays audition I believe this scene will only play this gloriously on maybe 2-3 out of the hundreds of surround systems out there. I LOVE IT.
For the audiophiles I can attest that the system played the Andrea Bocelli
with fantastic results as well.
The system appears to be based on a custom made horn, with a very good 8 inch driver. But how come the JBL never sounded like this? I guess there are horns and there are horns which brings me to the Meyers.
If you want to deal with a much bigger company than cinepro then it appears that the future of home cinema sound appears to lay squarely on these two companies shoulders. I have not heard Mark S either It would to know if it can handle the Kraken.