Agreed! Words can't describe Vik's theater. Vik was kind enough to invite me over to demo his impressive theater last weekend, so I'll try.
I had previously met with him at 3 different demo sessions, the 1st of which was at the JTR Open House last year. Jeff of JTR was playing some impressive bass scenes and showing off his system well. The sheer volume production of Jeff's demo room was impressive with a pair of dual Cap 1000's, but when the dual Orbit Shifters were hooked up later in the day, the volume produced during "Open Range" was unmatched. People began to clear out of the room due to high DB levels, but Vik and I remained to enjoy the spectacle. We both realized that we had similiar interests in finding quality components for a home theater. Each of us were interested in Seaton and JTR products.
Following the JTR Open House, Vik and I attended a small GTG with Mark Seaton in order to hear his Seaton Catalyst 12C's and dual Submersives in a very large basement (lower level) area. I had previously heard the Catalysts at a large GTG and had been impressed, and this was the first time that Vik was able to hear the 12C's in action. The demo time was cut a bit short due to the distance that Vik had to travel (due to traffic), but considering the sheer size of the room that we were in, the Seaton products did very well filling the room with sound.
Our third listening session together was back over at the JTR demo room in order to directly compare Jeff's new offering: The Cap S2 with the previously heard Orbit Shifter. Jeff arranged it so that we could hear the same scene back-to-back with each sub. Both subs were impressive, but the Orbit Shifter seemed to be showing off that impressive headroom a bit more in certain scenes. Vik left with an OS that day.
Round 4 - Ding, Ding, Ding!
On entering Vik's theater last weekend I was instantly taken-aback by how refined everything seems. The lighting effects are amazing and I am digging the appearance of the theater. I have been to several GTG's, but this is the closest thing to an actual theater I have actually seen in a home. The level of soundproofing is very impressive. No external noises seem to interfere with the deadly quiet room before the demo has begun. You can hear yourself breathing it seems that quiet. There is a larger than life screen, 2 rows of seating (with theater-style leather seats) and not a speaker to be seen. Every speaker is hidden nicely away and the equipment is in the adjacent room. The only piece of equipment that can be seen is the projector in the back. With the use of the handy I-phone or PS3 remote, the audio and video display is ready to begin.
I came to the demo with with a multitude of movie clips that I wanted to experience, and Vik was very gracious in allowing me extensive time to hear a variety of clips. Due to having a few favorite movie scenes, those clips were actually played several times. Shortly after playing just a few scenes, something became very-very apparent. The walls didn't seem to be shaking during reference-level playback and there no vibration of internal or external areas of the room. That is a very impressive accomplishment!
Here is a partial list of movies that we sampled during our demo session last weekend (at reference with level-matched mains and sub):
5 Days of War
Book of Eli
Flight Of The Phoenix
House of Flying Daggers
Iron Man 2
Live Free Or Die Hard
Lord of The Rings: ROTK
Master and Commander
New Daughter, The
War Of The Worlds
Wrath Of The Titans
We also watched the entire movie of "9" at reference. The 1st half of the new "Total Recall" movie was viewed at a lower volume. Total Recall was the only movie watched below reference level.
My favorite scene
during the long demo session: "The Haunting" (Coming Mother);
2nd favorite scene: "War Of The Worlds" (Pod crashes into building after death ray);
Scene heard for the 1st time that most impressed: "House of Flying Daggers" (The bean scene);
Scene with the best explosion: "Underworld Awakening" (Elevator shot);
Scene with the 2nd best explosion: "Hurt Locker" (3 Different scenes all with impressive depth);
Scene with the best gun shots: "Book of Eli" (Shootout at the house);
Scene with the best fire & water effects: "Percy Jackson" (Hydra/Battle at end).
It was very evident during our listening session that several movies just had incredible sound tracks. This included 9, Immortals, Underworld Awakening, Thor, Conan, Hurt Locker, Incredible Hulk, etc. We didn't reach the volume output of the initial JTR GTG during our scenes, and the subs were not played hot like I am normally most accustomed. Even so, The JTR OS was delivering some very clean bass without any apparent distress. This is significant because I have been to other demo sessions where subs just couldn't seem to handle a movie like "Pulse." The OS handled this with ease, while blending in nicely with the Seaton mains and the Procella surrounds. This was the first time that I heard had heard a JTR OS coupled with the Seaton Catalysts. Man would I have loved to hear 2 Orbit Shifters in that room with the subs running hot!
In past demos, I have been extremely impressed with some movie scenes when the subs were running hot. This included "Pulse" (PC Room), "Master and Commander" (Cannon fire); "Terminator Salvation" (Harvester), "Open Range" (Shoot out), "Underworld Awakening" and "The Haunting." During my demo session with Vik, I realized that my audio memory from past demos best recalls the satisfaction I get from sheer volume with clear detail. My preference is hot bass with the rest of the system at reference.
When hearing this wonderful theater level-matched last weekend, the main movie that held my attention was "The Haunting." I have never heard the door slams sound so clean before (due to the lack of vibration of things in the room). The lack of shaking/vibration of the walls, and lack of echo during Pulse was a very different listening experience than I typically hear. I am so used to glass objects shaking somewhere and the walls going crazy during that scene. Not having any of those external distractions during the scene was very interesting!
Overall, last weekend was a terrific experience. Thanks to Vik and his family for allowing me to drive down and experience the creation that took a lot of time, research/planning and money to make this vision come together.
Congratulations Vik! You did it!!
Edited by pennynike1 - 6/22/13 at 11:11pm
Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
Fantastic theater!!! Words cannot properly describe it.