Wins and Losses:
Thought I'd document some of the recent events of my TR journey for the group. To start out, I have not been entirely happy with my HB lately and had been considering options, including upgrading my amp and redoing my wiring, to name a few. So, along comes a deal for an NX6000 and I buy it thinking that might help me get more out of my setup. I modded the amp fans, completed my rewiring of my HB using some 16 gauge pure copper wiring and wire everything up (2 speakers per channel with @8ohm load). I start messing around with the amp gain, mdsp gain and curves, etc. Seems I still can send the amp into protect mode, so I keep tweaking until it's at a decent level and stable, but not really happy after spending 400 bucks and basically getting similar results as when I was running bridged on the 3000
s. So that is what I would consider a loss. So, being frustrated with my HB (and contemplating taking an axe to it ala
), I decided to refocus my efforts on other aspects of my system, namely my BB an MBK. I had been running them on one channel each of an NX3000 and just recently switched them to their own NX3000 (bridging for both to give them max power). I start playing and testing and they sound ok, not much different than before, so start playing with amp gain and mdsp gain and get them hitting much harder, but still not quite right or where I want them to be. So, thinking about the curves, I decide I want to play around with some peaks that might help bring out a better mid bass kick drum type of sound from them (I am running them both on the same mdsp output). I add a peak at 30Hz, 7db, q0.8 and a peak of 50Hz, 4db, q0.8 and wow, what a major night and day improvement! Ran through a bunch of test/demo scenes in Hobbs and Shaw and the BB/MBK combo was just crushing it! Now we are getting somewhere. This one was a win! So, next day, I'm taking a walk and thinking about what I need to do with the HB. I measured my seat frames and they are only 20 inches deep, so not able to add a more JBLs... unless, I build up a 2x4 frame and put plywood on top of that, then I might be able to squeeze in another row of JBLS... yep, I'm thinking that is what I need to do, so I order some JBL's, some maxxis tubes, and start planning. Then I read the post from Aron about the NX6000 being reverse polarity, so I figure I can change that tonight but not going to be doing any serious testing since I think I know where I need to go with the HB. Fast forward to last night, and I go into the NX6000 settings and change polarity to 180 degrees. But, before that, I change the amp from Dual to Stereo (not knowing the difference, I figure Stereo is where I should be so can't hurt to try that change, right?). Then, I put in Hobbs and Shaw for a quick test of the changes and OMG, what the heck just happened? Everything was lights out awesome! This is what I was hoping I would get with the amp upgrade! So, I'm rolling through the scenes and get to the elevator drop, and dam, it just crushes! I am smiling big time! So, I keep rolling and everything is just hitting on all cylinders from all aspects of the setup. I get to the tower drop scene and the wife walks in and sits down just seconds before the tower crashes to the ground. I tell her you better hold on to something.... tower drops and holy schnikes batman, it's bonkers! I'm giddy and laughing and just in my happy place! I tell the wife "that's what I'm talking about" and she's like yeah, can I get a new husband because this one is crazy! I told her due to Covid no divorces will be allowed at this time!
So, getting back to this, I now have several JBL's and tubes on their way to my address but I am thinking now that I might actually not need them? Man, it will be too tempting having them sitting around so I will probably go ahead at some point and do the upgrade, but I'm happy with the setup (today anyway) so maybe I just keep that in my pocket for a bit until I get mad at my system again and I can truly take an axe to it and rebuild!