Ok all my TR lovin' Brethren, finally got to check this BOSS beast out and have initial impressions so far with what little bit of time I've been able to spend with it. In a word or three .....Just Freaking WOW!!! This thing met my expectations (which were quite high), and maybe even exceeded them
Tim, this BOSS of yours is pure genius!!! And for a $150 ...dayum brah
I haven't done any big comparisons or anything yet to BKs or MAs. BUT, I can tell you that it feels like a combo of the two to me, a best of both worlds type of thing in my short experience so far, which is just bad ass in my book!! Because I love both of those in their own way and have ran them for years. Are the MAs better at singles where they really excel and as good as the BKs in that 12-27hz area that I love them for?? I don't know for sure yet, but I tell ya, its real possible ...it's damn good and this BOSS is stayin!! hehehehehe
So a bit of info about it and what I checked out so far ...
So I was kinda undecided at first but no way was I giving up on this thing. Come to find out with a little messing, I just needed to flip the invert switch in the miniDSP, and BOOM baby!!! Then it was so, clean, precise, detailed, and deep with loads of aggression. Combined with my VNF 18's (yes the VNFs are staying (NO way could I ever part with them!) and not a shocker at all to me that I still want them, as they are my bread and butter for TR and impact), just as they were with my MAs and BKs as well. They just brought what the VNFs were doing to that over the top feel that I love. It's now working the same way with the BOSS, or very very very similar anyway.
Flipping that invert was the key to it all. Like night and day difference. I know Tim said, mounted face up in the riser like I have them, no phase invert is needed but should be done on the low-rise version with the drivers facing down. Well, IDK, but worked for me. This was all subjective, as I didn't break out the VS or run sine waves or any of that, this was just the ole seat of the pants and pure subjectively, but very obvious. It just delighted me when I pressed that invert button in the mini!!!
Oh yeah, also I'm running them with one of my BK amps that I used for my MAs and BKs. I have four of them. I just wired them in series (3 JBLs) and run it off one of the BKA1000-N's. I think they are getting about 110 watts to each, which I guess is a little much, but seems good so far. Hopefully it'll stay that way and can pick up an Inuke if I need to. I was just going to use a channel of my inuke6K with the limiter set for 12 ohms, but at the last minute, thought, hey this BK amp will work and not have to take one of my subs off a channel.
So, I don't know if its my seats and setup being on suspended floor or what, but for MOVIES (I haven't tested music yet, as movies are my thing for now in the HT room) running no LPF and letting it cut off at 80hz is a no go for me. Didn't like it and way too distracting. Just WAAAAAAAAY too much feel above 20hz or so. The magic LPF that I kept coming back to is set at 18hz with a BW 12db/oct slope and cranked up a fair amount to really get the ULF and nice fade out into the 30hz area. This doesn't surprise me though, as I like the Crowson MAs set up the same way, except 4db higher set at 22hz with that same LPF BW 12db/oct high cutoff. Must be my tastes kinda like a rising House Curve, but I do think my seating and suspended floor have a lot to do with it.
Damn, if felt awesome combined with the VNFs!!!!! So far I've only checked out 2 movies for demo scenes, but at the end up demoing this thing, I was giddy!!!
I used the movie 'IT' and 'Justice League', with BEQ of course for FULL band awesomeness!! I LOVE the bass in these two movies!!! Both dig super deep and hit hard all through the bass range. Highlights and areas I tested in 'IT' where the visions at the slaughter house and down in the tunnel towards the end of the movie where there is TONS of 12hz stuff. Combined with my VNFs, good god, wobble mania!!! So cool!!! And this was only at -20mv where I listen at night. Wanted to keep the volumes low at first to really get a feel for it, as this is the level where I do most of my movie watching late as night. But let me tell ya, pretty insane feeling at this volume level and just pleases me to death. Its' very important for me to be able the get this at these levels for lots of reasons. I'm sure when I get a chance to open it up more, it'll really just bring more of the same, just more intense hehehehe
The other one was "Justice League". Lots of awesome areas, but the light beam is just crazy with the BOSS combined with the VNFs. I replayed the light beam cracks and other areas several times. So satisfying and addicting it was
I'm sure I'll check out the MAs and BKs too at some point this next week and see if I think I need them in there as well. But just as is, I could be very satisfied I think. For now though I'm pleased as can be!! Thank you Tim!!! Your a genius my friend!!!
Oh yeah almost forget: I didn't think I was getting any extra sound out of the JBLs, not that I noticed anyway like carp was saying on his. Hope he can get that fixed. But I didn't runt them full range either with music, and sloped the High cut starting pretty early for movies, so I'm sure that helped.
Here's a pic of the riser and part of the setup before I loaded the seats up on top of the riser. A dark and crappy pic, but will give an idea was I was working with. My room is a bit Nearfeild heavy as you can probably see, but loving it ATM (everything is pretty much NF in this little small room though I guess LOL). I always love when folks post pics to go with the descriptions, so here ya'll go