Eight subs about equal or even surpass the sound pressure level output produced by four 18 inchers in large enclosures. Your JBL 18-inchers are stupendous drivers and have no doubt you are moving that much air to cause such havoc in your apartment http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
(do your neighbors complain? I hope not!).
The HT room where these are located is on the large side so to have room-filling bass throughout it was necessary to get that many so clean "reference level" playback, low distortion, and extended frequency response could be achieved. I am actually contemplating adding at least two more 46/16s. Crazy? http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
Umm...well, I know of some folks who use well over that number of drivers enclosed in either whole lofts or attics and/or basements. I understand bass output is more than just prodigious; it is said to be rightdown scary!. That is something I am aming at attaining. Anyway, this subject really belongs in another Forum...
As far as Spartacus, Ben-Hur and such great silverscreen epics looking "dated" well, they should as they were made 40 or 50 years ago. I can just imagine if Wyler were to film Ben-Hur today...with current technology...and same cast...results would be eye popping...much like Gladiator can be! Even so, great acting took place in those movies and such high caliber acting is very hard to come by now days, although Russell Crowe could possibly play the roles Spartacus, Ben-Hur, El Cid, Marc Anthony, Alexander The Great, et al...if he only had a wider acting range and emotional depth. And as Rachael says, a viewer has to pass over and ignore the "dated" look that older epics have and just enjoy and truly appreciate the reasons why they have become TRUE film "classics"...
[This message has been edited by Frank J Manrique (edited 12-02-2000).]