I thought it was time for a post in this thread since its been a while since it's had much activity. The last time I posted (a couple posts up above), I was experimenting with stacking one of my sealed 18's up chest level right behind me VNF style in place of my 1200d MBM.
I never did make it back in here to give my impressions of it compared to the 1200d after I lived with it for a week or so. So here goes a quick summary:
I really liked what the sealed 18" brought in place of the 1200d. For lack of a better word, it felt a little bigger. Maybe because the driver is just physically a lot bigger, or maybe because the frequencies did not stop and roll off at around 45-50hz like it does on the 1200d - you get it all from MB down to the ULF. So after I lived with it for a while and lots of demoing of different movie material, I kind of began to miss the 1200d in that spot. Not just because of the big size of the 2 18's stacked behind the couch in the middle of the living room (kind of an eyesore), but because I felt like when it came to the mid bass chest slam (which is what the 1200d is all about here), the 18 just wasn't quite as lethal feeling. The 1200d had more of a concentrated feel, like a direct hit to the chest that is hard to describe. It gave a little more of that take your breath away feeling, along with that direct hit to the chest thing I was talking about. The combo of that can build up some pretty crazy pressure in the chest cavity after taking hit after hit on movie material that has a lot of good MB. Do that for a period of time, and it can make the chest ache pretty good. That might not sound so good, but it is
So I ended moving it back.
But now for an experiment, I moved all my gear up to a 1400 cuft room to compare to my huge room downstairs on concrete, because I've always wanted a dedicated room and thought I may just luck out and get one after all without having to move to a different house if I liked it.
So I still have the VNF 18's right behind me (well surrounding me this time in my single recliner), and have the 1200d stacked on top of the sealed 18 right behind me as well to get it up high on my back. I have to say, I'm still VERY impressed at what this little 1200d can bring to the chest pounding party! My VNF 18's still do most of it, but the 1200d definitely adds to it. It doesn't even really effect my FR at all, which is cool. It's so close right behind me that it doesn't need to be turned up much at all the get the effect. What a great way to enhance the experience with this little $300 woofer. Yes I'm sure there is better out there (Marc Alexander showed a few not to long ago that looked good, as well as the diysoundgroup stuff), but then again, maybe not when it comes to doing what it does best and it is right behind you, which is pound the hell out of your chest. Yup ...I'm still singing its praise after quite a while now and don't really see that changing anytime soon!
Here's a few pics of how I have it positioned in the new test setup. A bit of VNF madness I guess you could say