Originally Posted by TnTBigman
The Empire is perfect for music, and really good for movies. On it's own, the Empire is really sweet for music. Yesterday for 4 non stop hrs I've thrown my favorite tracks from Sarah Mclachlan (Mirror Ball), 3rd Eye Blind (Semi Charmed Life), koRn (Follow the Leader, Issues), DMX (Its Dark N Hells Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, And Then There Was X), various reggae dub and instrumentals I'm familiar with....and it was non stop enjoyment. The drums in Mirror Ball tracks, particularly, were present and potent (listening position is center @ 13 ft away from the sub). The intro to one my favorite track (both album and live version) "Possession" had the hairs on the back of my neck stand- not with spl, but how it sounded. Heights y'all. The koRn tracks surprised me allot too. I never liked how they sounded with a single Tower- they seemed to miss something, and after hearing it with the Empire, it was "middle" that was amiss. Mid bass was present and enough low to provide an overall well balanced sound. It didn't once sound strained and not able to produce the material's range. It was more than up to the task and easily handled the bass tricks Fieldy does. All In the Family was just sick. I thoroughly enjoyed the Empire for music. Thoroughly.
Movies were enjoyable was well. Strong mid bass presence that was fast and had no problems getting louder as the material required. Low frequencies were also present but not at Epik Tower levels. Scenes where the Tower just shook the room and the popcorn ceiling felt as if it were about to fall, the Empire shook, but not at that intensity. But it sure handled having to do both mid bass and low deep bass simultaneously very well. No signs of strain or distortion.
I very much agree with you. I spent most of yesterday at my friend's house setting up and listening to his new Empire. In his small 1000 cubic foot room it is stunning and a world apart from the Hsu VTF-1 it replaced.
I too was amazed at the Empire's musical abilities. Its integration with the Ascend 340SE mains was superb. As is the ideal, I didn't feel so much that a subwoofer was added as the 340's had become true full range speakers. It is very, very fast, articulate, and dynamic. Whether playing deep 16Hz organ, fat electronica, punchy rock or powerful percussion, the Empire didn't skip a beat and was intoxicating.
On the movie side, I certainly can't imagine wanting anything more in a 1000 cubic foot room. I cannot possibly overstate how critical that powerful mid-bass output is to the impact of movies. To me, it's every bit as important as low frequency extension. The Empire absolutely strikes a superb balance between the two. During the War of the Worlds tripod emergence sequence you simply believe it. You get all the unsettling low frequency dread, but with the mid-bass the event becomes tangible. The footsteps of the tripods feel more like they are coming down on the house and not the screen. I was very much reminded of why WotW seemed so intense in the theater.
The giant transports, from the "You are having a car accident! scene in I, Robot, were portrayed with all the power and weight you would expect from such an object, however, the mid-bass made things like the subtle skipping of the tires over the pavement obvious which helps to add depth to what can simply sound like a rumbling monstrosity.
The warp jumps in Star Trek have a cannon-like quality that is great fun on the Empire.
We watched a number of scenes and were constantly impressed by the upper and lower extension, dynamics and speed of the sub. If this is a taste of what Submersive owners are experiencing then I can totally understand why people have fallen in love with it. If I had to have a single subwoofer, the Empire ticks all the right boxes for my tastes.