21" Slim Nearfield 7.8cu ft Build with LaVoce SAN214.50
First impressions of the nearfield monster...it’s pretty nifty and slaps me with the bass.
Kidding. It’s amazing! But I’ve barely had time to play with it so don’t have a lot of feedback yet. Got it all set up and calibrated but only had 30 minutes to tweak and play some demos before picking the kids up from school.
From very brief impressions, I’m amazed how clean it sounds. The bass it produces, although directly behind me, still doesn’t overpower the other subs and isn’t even localized at a 100Hz crossover. I found this surprising given my last two nearfields were a bit noticeable when ran at the same levels. The sub itself is now sitting up a few inches higher too than the last which puts it right square in my back.
The sub simply blends in with the room, which is generally the goal, but not something I was expecting with a much more powerful driver being so close to it. I always thought I preferred a little thicker sounding sub but maybe not. It’s a little hard to compare a single nearfield driver that’s quite a bit different than the rest of my subs, but I’ll try my best this week to see what characteristics really stand out. I also have the Marty cube in the corner that’s only 3’ from the MLP turned on again, so that’s another variable making a direct comparison to my previous nearfield setup more difficult.
Another huge improvement this calibration is with my other TR devices. I finally set an effective negative delay on the BOSS and Crowsons syncing them beautifully, and holy cow, I think I was a bit off for a while after the last BOSS build and never fully realized the additional 3 drivers until now, because the entire couch wobble/slam is also greatly improved.
Getting the Darbee in the mail tomorrow so will have to play with it a bit, and I need to rerun Audyssey and break out REW, because I forgot to take some small PEQ’s off in the iNuke software before calibration, so I’m sure it set it back to semi-flat or worse.
If this is what these higher excursion pro audio drivers are all about, I’m already a fan. Obviously, I love loads of TR, but not bloated bass, and this driver seems to check all the right boxes. The lower distortion, decreased ringing, and whatever other engineering wizardry applied here really seems to be a winning combo. Curious what the waterfall graph will look like, might have to run a few compression sweeps for kicks.
Speakers: PSA MTM-210T x2, MTM-210C, MT-110SR x2; Atmos-SVS Satellite x2, DIY Volt-10 x2
Subs: PSA V1801 x2, DIY: 18" RSS460HO, 15" RSS390HO x2, BOSS w/JBL CX1200 x6
MA’s: Crowson Tech x2
Processing: Denon X4200, NU6KDSP, 3KDSP
Video: Epson 3700; Screen: Silver Ticket 106" High Contrast
Last edited by Sekosche; 08-13-2019 at 09:11 PM.