Originally Posted by Archaea
wlelandj - Thanks for flying in...This fellow has the travel distance award. When he wants to upgrade he goes ALL out! Hey did you know you probably single handidly altered the results for the orbit shifters placment for movies from 1st to 3rd? You really didn't like them eh? I think your opinon in a blind test is as valid as anyone else, and the fact the orbit shifter demoed last means you weren't any longer unfamiliar with what you should/wanted to hear by this point. I find things like this interesting. If you don't mind - what did or didn't you like about the orbit shifter's audition? It got high marks by others?! If you look at the scorecard your distaste for the horn sound probably is the reason the orbit shifter didn't take top honors for movies - not only that but look where you placed it in the rankings. Not invalid - but quite interesting! It'll be fun to uncovers some of these anomolies in people's tastes as we vette the scores more!
"Hey did you know you probably single handidly altered the results for the orbit shifters placment for movies from 1st to 3rd?"
Just had to call me out, huh? I was hoping I could just quietly disappear under my rock.
Believe me, when you posted the results, I was surprised as anyone. Just remember Jeff, the Cap and CapS practically tied for my second place.
Like you said, by it being last in the test, I had already been exposed to all the other subs and developed an ear for what I liked. I can remember being extremely impressed with the Captivators, as my scoring shows, but then I heard the Submersive and really liked what I heard.
While I lacked experience with hearing many home subs, I did go through the car audio phase in my youth.
I had many different set ups, at one time having 4-15's, but ended up with 2-18's in my last system. They had a depth that my 15's couldn't match (oh the irony) playing notes I never even heard with the 15's, but lacked in the upper bass range. Anyway, I guess that experience defined what sound I was looking for...the depth of the 18's, but with more upper bass. Obviously car and home audio has come a long way since the 80's.
Now, after hearing those two, I felt like I knew what I liked. When I heard the CaptivatorS, I was extremely impressed. It seemed to have the same well rounded (whole enchilada ) sound as the Submersive and at that point it was a two horse race. I'd really like to do a blind test between the Cap and CapS and see how it would turn out. Only 2 points separated them and that was in the movie portion. Could have, being my first exposure to a world class sub, my scores on the Captivator been influenced and slightly elevated? I don't know. It would be interesting.
Ah, the Orbit Shifter, what can I say? I do know I loved them uncalibrated and hot, so maybe Audyssey did something to them that I just didn't like? By the same token, when we were playing with the CapS later that night (uncalibrated), I was unimpressed. Yet, I practically had it tied for second. Just goes to show how much set up and your own tweaks can factor in.