Thanks to both of you for arranging this awesome event.
I was unable to get to Jared's on time due to my son's soccer tournament being delayed. Then when their team kept winning I found myself rooting for the other teams. Ha. Just wanted to get to the HT bliss.
Jared - I know you were feeling somewhat impotent when you were comparing your theater to Jeremy's, but I'll just say that you might actually need to see a psychiatrist. Your theater is simply amazing. A partner that I worked with in Denver is always the "gold standard" from a spare no expense standpoint that I measure theaters against. Yours blows that out of the water and it was hand-built by you. The bass from those HSTs coupled with the nearfield DS4s (those dirty sluts ;-0) is more than sublime. There's no need for bass shakers when your bass provides more than ample shaking by itself.
I love your setup and each time, with each tweak, it just gets better. One of the reasons I tend to stay off this site (aside from being busy, as we all are) is the feeling I get when I hear these various rooms. Man, talk about adding to my addiction. My wife asked me if we just watched a movie. Lol. I said "nah, just a couple of movie clips and some music." Needless to say, it's the same damn movie clips over and over. How else would we be able to compare against the previous setup?
The WotW and the FotP clips hurt something inside of me. I'm not sure what. I can't remember who was sitting next to me, but I often plug my ears to compare how much of the sensory feeling is auditory vs tactile. Your theater is very tactile. You get a visceral feeling that something isn't quite right about the pressure. I can only imagine your room if it was entirely enclosed. There would be nowhere for all that pressure to go.
All of your improvements didn't go unnoticed. I can tell the difference and would be able to even if we didn't use the same clips as a baseline. I couldn't believe all of that bass was being routed through a minidsp. In any event, kudos to you on all of the labor intensive hard work. I could see the awe and wonder in the eyes of all of the folks present. Great job.