Well happy to report that all my issues with my amp going into protect mode are now gone
I'd gone as far as ordering a Crowson dedicated amp and having my CC deducted for the amount. They are a brand new amp btw and not on the Crowson website yet.
Anyway I was watching The Dark Knight today and the one thing I really started to notice was the actuators would rumble the couch a split second before the actual explosion/gun shot/punch etc. I have the Crowson preamp directly connected to the analog sub out on my Oppo 93 as that was how some of you guys were doing it, and that's when I realised that my Integra 80.3 is applying auto lip sync but the Oppo wouldn't be hence the fraction of a second mis-timing.
I'd looked at hooking directly to the sub out on the Integra when I first had issues with the amp cutting out, but I couldn't get any signal out to activate the Crowsons. It got the better of me today so I grabbed the Integra manual and realised I'd fed the cable to the wrong preout doh! Once I connected to the correct sub out I re-ran some scenes and everything just fell into place perfectly. Put WOTW on and made it through the entire pod emergence scene without a single hiccup. The best thing is obviously my amp being ok and not needing to spend more money on another one, but getting the Crowsons in sync with the onscreen action is a nice bonus, kinda a buy one get one free situation lol
So even though I'm slightly embarrassed by the solution, I'd take that any day of the week over going through the cost of a new amp and then more than likely having the exact same issues.
So I thought the Crowsons were awesome before, now they are just ridiculously crazy! I love them, and I still have the other two actuators still to hook into the system. I'll be doing that tomorrow.
So in the space of 4 days I've installed my new jvc x35, built a new riser, set all my furniture up in a new configuration of one large U shape, added one Crowson tactile kit, taken all my furniture back out, re-did my riser reducing it by 20 inches in length, put my furniture back in set as 2 rows rather than one U shape section, and got my Crowson kit working properly! A big 4 days but worth it in every way imaginable.
Some movies I played today skipping through various scenes -
Finding Nemo, can't believe how sensational the Darla tapping on the tank scene is now, I replayed it 5 or 6 times and thought I've gotten value for money just with that!
LOTR 2, opening scene you are there falling with Gandolf feeling every single bass hit.
The Incredibles, scene after scene just laugh out loud stuff, those aircraft things when they crash and explode its hard to believe they are just sound effects, the couch shaking just makes it seem real.
The Dark Knight, Batmans first appearance, when the tumbler enters crashing through the concrete wall it's like it's crashed through my house lol.
And so far the ultimate - Dredd 3d
Watched this from start to finish and afterwards I can only describe it as the complete HT experience. From Dredd on his motorbike, which shook the couch as he accelerated and was just super cool, when the guys he's chasing crash, the depth in the bass as the car rolls feels like you could wrap your arms around it, don't really know how to properly convey the feeling other than just cool fun. The slo-mo stuff takes on a whole new feel haha, brilliant stuff.
Summing up, although the Crowson system wasn't exactly cheap purely on dollar cost, for what it does its an absolute bargain. I find it amazing now that after just a few days of use I couldn't imagine not having it in my system. I'd go as far as parting with one of my SubMersives before I'd let the Crowson go. Look maybe I've just got stars in my eyes atm and love for a new toy, but I can't see ever not being in love with it. Some things come along that just change your whole perception of something, this is one of those things IMHO.
Getting back to how I now have it connected through my Integra, I will be able to use it for all sources such as Paytv and through my Sonos music system rather than just through my Oppo 93 as before. Just keeps getting better.
Sorry if I've rambled on too long but if it helps someone to go and try such a system I know they would love it and want it.
Lastly here's a couple of pics of my new riser and how I have my seats setup.
Cheers and thanks again Craig for this thread, doubtful if I'd ever gone done this path if I hadn't stumbled across it.