Originally Posted by COACH2369
I was finally able to spend some time with 1200d after a long and busy holiday weekend.
My initial impressions are that it is a very impressive piece of equipment....especially for the price tag. It is also very obvious that tweaking both the position and the settings is very key to making it work...or at least that is what I found with my trial and error.
My setup consists of the following"
3 x JBL 4722N's
8 x JBL SCS8's
2 x DSS Mariana 24's
The 4722's and 24's are behind my screen and fill my room beautifully. I just like what the near field sub can bring to the overall experience of the room.
All I simply did was plug the sub and connected it to an unused jack I previously was using for my old sub setup in the room. The subs all share the same signal and I didn't run ARC on my Anthem. Basically I went with a "plug and play" test.
The sub is located directly behind the MLP with about 8 inches of separation between the couch.
I tried various settings and tried to use what others had posted they had used. My main goal was to see if this unit could give me a nice boost in the mid bass region. The TR is secondary for me as I feel like the dual 24's take care of that end to my liking.
After playing the same scene of John Wick over and over again after each modification, I came up with the settings in the attached picture....except I went back to normal phase instead of reverse phase. Although, I do think that I could see myself using reverse phase depending on how the final placement goes.
Once I had those settings and the placement to my liking, I popped in "Book of Eli" and played the Gatling Gun scene. That was REALLY cool and showed how impressive the 1200 can be.
My final, initial impressions are this:
-During this test, I thought the ported design of the Behringer played well with the sealed Mariana 24's.
-The bass boost needs to be "on"....IMO, I didn't really feel much without it on.
-If I keep it, I will need to make sure I get the height correct. Initially I probably had it too low. Once I propped it up, it made a substantial difference in the performance for sure.
-Unlike the previous test I did with a near field sub in the same location, the ability to boost the mid bass region really allowed for a nice mix of mid bass boot and increased TR. I felt the TR was just subtle enough for my liking.
-The comments about having "boomy bass" are true....I think I was able to tune it down by adjusting the level of the sub.
My next step is to play around with another sub in the same spot and compare the two.
If the decision is made to make this a permanent part of my room, the location of the sub will change. I will have to test that location next to see if the added distance will still give me the results I had today.
ChadB will be down sometime in December and I am VERY confident he can really dial this thing in to be a nice feature in my room. This should also help with the final positioning of the sub.
Thanks for the update! Glad you got a glimpse of what some of us have been experiencing.
You mentioned that you get enough TR from your 24s...so adding the 1200D for you was really not about increasing midbass TR, but rather midbass sound?
The key with the 1200D is dialing it in. When trying to optimize TR, you have to throw the traditional FR optimization techniques out the windows really. It's an entirely different way to integrate it. At the same time though, you have to be cognizant of what it's doing to your FR as well, so it's definitely a balancing act.
As I posted earlier, just flipping the 1200D upside down (in my setup) caused it go from sounding and feeling great, to sounding and feeling bloated...it was like night and day...dialed in it was much much tighter in sound and TR.
I hadn't really had a bad experience yet with this thing because I got lucky, and it just sounded great with minimal integration. However, I did get a taste of improper integration...and yeah...I probably would have returned it if I left it like that.