post #931 of 1389
1/24/11 at 5:41pm
Ok so I had a chance to play with it today. Now this is purely based on my complete inexperience, FYI. I am running a 5.1 setup with Polk Audio Monitor 70s series II up front with the CS20 center. In the rear i am running Monitor 40 series IIs and pushing it all with a Onkyo HT-RC260. All is calibrated with Audyssey. So the LSP 12 (via LFE) fills in quite nicely for HT even at higher volumes. I did find that in scenes that do have deeper base and explosions for instance, it does leave more to be desired but as I have gathered this is where the higher dollar subs come in. But it is worth noting that it doesn't ruin the experience as others have notated, the "bowing out." Overall I think I have to say for HT which was the primary reason I purchased this sub it has exceeded my expectations even with my large room (3.5-4k cubic ft). It even vibrates my couch which is located 13ft away at modest volume levels.
Now when I tested it with various hip hop music at higher volumes I got a lot of chuffing(sp?) from the ports and that mechanical clanking sound. Alternative and classical rock did not produce any/much clanking but did have some port noise. For those looking for the loudness factor it did rattle the picture frames and other items throughout the room some but i doubt the neighbors across the street will hear it. At modest levels of music though again it sounds more then adequate.
Overall my usage is about 80/20 HT so again I have to say I am very satisfied with my purchase. I have yet to move it around to other areas in attempt to take advantage of my rooms resonance. But I have to say compared to some of my friends' subs I definitely got the most bang for my buck here. Will it fulfill a "audioholic?" No most likely not, but for your average joe who is looking to complete/build a good system I think it will fill in very nicely and still present some "wow" factor. It just wont go over the top.
Again this is all based on a complete amateur's observation but I do give it two thumbs up (for HT at least).