FattyKid - Ivor - thank you for a great get together. Appreciate your family opening up their castle to us to ruin the peace.
Some of my favourite observations on first glance:
a) Great almighty mother of the heavens - you have a ton of Blu Rays, a really impressive collection. I like the fact that you don't need to brag about it (or any of your stuff) either, just love that.
b) Massive speakers hanging about in a relatively small space - just eye candy for an enthusiast.
c) Stealthy woofage - who would have known about the twin 21's nearfield until you either played some Super 8 footage/ music/ told someone they were there.
d) Love your collectables and posters and decorating efforts. Takes time and thought for sure.
I did take some notes about the speakers that I will offer here. I wrote this as I listened without prejudice, with a noobs reference point.
"Awesome imaging. Soundstage is impressive particularly with two channel only. Depending on source, either Dirac or Preset2 was preferable. With centre channel un-angled upwards to MLP, it sounded quite muddy with a reduced soundstage.
Sibilance on two brief occasions, some harshness on the highs in the Super 8 train wreck scene. Some muffled mids dependant on source, particularly with the headbanging stuff. Impressive sub keeps up with very quick headbanging metal bass.
Tons of headroom. Powerful JTR 888's, lovely bass reinforcement in couch from twin 21's. Transparent speakers, with blu ray Adele concert just great. Audio bliss"
I am wondering if more EQ work could be done to the above concerns, but those are mine. Drove home with one word repeatedly coming out my mouth - "Wow".
ps: confirmed that -5DB on your system is akin to +10DB on mine. Watched "Lone Survivor" on blu ray at -5DB on my system last night and it was really immersive, but less so than yours