Originally Posted by GatoGoat
Not directly to Tom (since I know hes busy!) , but group curiosity with the iPals , what benefits could we possibly see in say the S36 or V18? I saw Marc say that they could offset some of the limitations that the smaller cabinet of the V18 brings. Deeper extension without expanding the cabinet size?? Just as a wild guess , Im assuming these Ipals are at least $1k each? Would there be $2K worth of performance in an S36 for example, or as Tom says "Diminishing Returns"? It seems there would have to be some changes to really get the value out of these Ipals , seeing as how it wasnt just dropping 2 of them into a V36 and calling it a day.
Never say never but I don't plan on spending any engineering time to "re-make" any current product. So the S3611 would be offered as it is now, except with the POSSIBILITY of a woofer upgrade. And, of course, a 100% optimized DSP code in the amp for that specific enclosure+woofer combo. Same for the vented 18 inch models---V3611 and V1811. Again. doubtful I would spend the time to re-engineer these.
I could see the FR being optimized a bit for deeper extension on the S1811 and S3611. But not so much with the vented models. If I keep the tuning the same(see above) I'll be limited in what I can bring to the table in terms of deeper extension/ Trust me, I'll try everything and then some. I've probably spent 100 hours with sigma JUST on the Tv36ipal in the past 2 months. I actually think I was obsessing about minor nuances in an unhealthy manner to be honest. I didn't even realize it until my Blu-Ray player stopped reading discs AND the special cable we use to connect the Sigma PC to the amp for the "read-compile-download" in real time connection went bad on the same night. Probably because I was disconnecting/reconnecting the cable 50x a night AND doing the same for disc changes in the Blu-Ray.
Next morning the guys get to the shop and ask me how's the late night sessions going? I'm like "I'm done, I'm done. I can't spend the rest of my life obsessing over microscopic level nuances I can barely measure let alone expect anyone to hear them. I'm done, it's over. Here's the program, I'm done".
What a weight off of me. But I have to admit, if the cable AND the Blu-Ray didn't both go bad...I wonder how far would I have fell down that rabbit hole? Remember what the man said----when we look into the abyss the abyss also looks into you...
ANYWAY---My hardest decision in the above was what looked "prettiest" to the casual observer in a measurement didn't correlate to what sounded best to me. This isn't anything new to me as I've been discussing some of these considerations for years now. But, in this case, perhaps because I had the only say in everything related to this model, it proved difficult. Sleep was lost to be sure. But at the end of it I couldn't ship anything that sounded anything less than "as good as I can make it sound".