Originally Posted by SeanBWI
Just hoping the dual 118s I have on order will provide a solid mid bass wallop and chest thump for HT in my media room.
The single 2017 Cap 1400 I have as an end table next to mlp blends well with my speakers and there is ample output but the visceral impact I seek has evaded me thus far. Hoping for the best. Part of me still has a nagging wish to swap my order of dual 118s for a pair of the new 2400s (twice the power !! ) ğ
If you are looking for chest punch (or thump) as opposed to low-bass tactile sensations, then you made the right choice. As Ray noted, chest thump is a sensation created by percussive mid-bass sounds, and it is primarily the product of airborne SPL (where tactile ULF is also transmitted through the floor). So, for more chest thump, you need more mid-bass (~50Hz to 100Hz for most people) SPL rather than low-bass SPL.
I do have one concern with something you said, though. If you already have a nearfield Cap 1400, and you aren't feeling much chest punch with good percussive mid-bass sounds (such as kick drums, kettle drums, bass guitar chords, gunshots, etc) then you may just not be very susceptible to that particular physical phenomenon. Some people apparently are much more, or less, susceptible to that. I am more. But, the Cap 1400 should be very good at producing that sensation, especially at close range.
The Cap 118HT's are definitely the right choice, in my opinion, for what you are describing. But, if they still don't give you what you are looking for, then I would try putting one or more Behringer B1200D's directly behind your listening position and very close to your back. That might allow you to have your cake and eat it too if you then pivoted to the Cap 2400's.
This is the thread that Ray was alluding to: