@Jerry Bruckheimer Fan
Bass and Where to Find It
I placed 2nd overall in the 1001+ Amateur division in the 1992 IASCA Finals, Tulsa, OK. I maxed out my RTA score and still hit 145.7dB in a car. I knew what performance was and had always dreamed of being able to do that in my own theater. Last year I was finally able to make my dream a reality. I started here on AVS and talking with local theater companies. I received very good advice on AVS. From users on these forums, I was introduced to Nyal Mellor, who is one of the best and highly certified home theater designers in the country. Nyal helped me design the room.
After close to a year, my new theater was finally built and Nyal came to calibrate it. When it came to the subs, Nyal was very impressed. He said my low frequencies are incredibly robust. Before calibration, they were really good. After calibration, they were phenomenal! I couldn't believe how tight and musical the subs were. These are 18" subs in a 280 square foot room. Before Nyal came, I was super happy with my subs and their performance. When one of the best designers in the country tells me they are impressed with my bass, that's pretty incredible confirmation of what I was hearing. You can read more about the calibration experience with Nyal here:
Before I built my theater, I did many demos in many showrooms. I listened to their systems, including their bass. I wasn't impressed with ANY of their low frequency setups, so I started looking elsewhere, including AVS. Keep in mind, those showrooms were all very high end home theater companies.
I came across Deep Sea Sound and David Gage on these forums after having read a very positive review of the new DSS 24". I had listened to several different subs, but couldn't demo DSS. I spent a lot of time talking to others on AVS and reading their reviews. I priced out many sub manufacturer setups, including Rythmik Audio, SVS, HSU, Seaton, JTR to name a few. After researching heavily, I came to the conclusion that Seaton, JTR or Deep Sea Sound were the best performing subs out there. I would have to take a leap of faith on any of the three though, because I couldn't demo them for myself.
I spoke with each of the owners of these companies. David Gage was incredibly detailed about my particular setup and room. He has helped me in numerous ways. As an example, I have a concrete floor and David knew how important a tactile feel was for me. He tested several different floor setups with different combinations of concrete, wood, rubber and cork. He posted the results on AVS and to me. I followed David's advice and my room is FAR more tactile now because of all of David's additional efforts.
One of the channels in the amp failed. David got it repaired right away and sent me "loaner" amps because we had family coming from out of state during the holidays. He didn't want them to be disappointed. During the build, David sent me a "template" box for my contractors, so they could use it as a template to build my riser. He recently sent me a rubber and wood sandwich to help with my projector. I accidentally broke a speaker post on one of the subs while installing in the rear riser. David sent a repair kit and walked me through it over the phone.
David never asked for a dime for any of those extras ^. He did it because he is a stand-up guy and he truly wants his customers to have a great experience.
Now, I have a very nice theater, with high-performance equipment and speakers. The subs are super tight and musical. They rock my world with crazy hard impacts on movies, but are super musical during those tracks.
My theater wouldn't be nearly as good without Deep Sea Sound subs AND David's assistance!