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The following is smellyfungus 's review of Captivator 118HT. I will post it here.

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Hi Guys,

I've had the Cap 118HT for a while now and told Jeff I would be posting a review but with work and life I've been pretty lazy. It seems like the 118HT doesn't get as much fanfare as JTR's more powerful options but I wanted to chime in for any of those considering purchasing the 2017 version.

My current man cave is a loft only about 13' x 12' but opens to the rest of the house on the side. It's not the best room acoustically but it's my only option until I move one day.

I had tried sealed with RA's Gamma and realized ported was the way to go, unfortunately the debacle with RA left me low on funds. My options were settling with what I had or seeing what deals I could swing. I really wanted JTR after what I've read in the forums and Jeff was kind enough to give me a great offer on a "prototype" which he described as parts laying around the shop.

The sub shipped within a few days and Jeff even checked in around the time I was supposed to receive the sub to ask for my thoughts on the product. Many many weeks later here are my thoughts (and photos).

So as many warned but very little heed, the sub is the size of a mini fridge. The box is fairly massive and I had a couple flights of stairs to go up in my condo. The delivery guy looked angry that I answered the door and he begrudgingly went back to the truck and hauled the package up the steps to my front door. I had originally planned to wait for a friend but I was so excited I ended up carefully pushing the package up the stairs (no worries, it's carpet).

I was immediately impressed by how well packed the subwoofer was. Everything was wrapped neatly in plastic and cushioned by large foam blocks. I was semi lost on why there were holes where the amp and woofer were but I guessed it's so they know it's a 118HT and not a Cap 1400.

I also thought it was funny that the power cord is tucked in one of the ports, smart packaging indeed. I had really wanted a high gloss/veneer sub (couldn't swing the cost difference) but I was surprised that the default matte black ain't too shabby. It actually has a little shimmer to it, feels like sandpaper. It can get white scuff marks easily but that can be wiped off. If you could afford a paint job/veneer I would say go for it, with such a large size I think it's likely worth the cost. If I ever can afford to upgrade I will definitely get a veneered one next time.

Now the part that matters, the sound. Right off the bat I ran ARC on my Anthem but used the same distance settings. I immediately noticed a much fuller sound, ARC had this flat til it's cutoff of 15hz which got me really excited. The sub is at 0 for the LF adjust.

On the RA Gamma I had to run at +3db hot to get a satisfactory balance of bass quantity and quality. With the 118HT I'm running it at the calibrated level and still feeling every thump my movies/shows provide. I had already thought my Gamma sounded good/clean but with the additional low end provided by the 118HT it is simply a much more involving and satisfying experience.

The bass sounds clean, quick, and integrates well with my system (probably has to do more with the EQ but sub rounds out the system on the bottom end). It definitely is confusing hearing something so light on it's feet for something so large but when it's time for impact the sub delivers.

I wish I remembered the movie but it was one involving monsters and there were bassy footsteps. I swear I got confused and thought there was construction going on in the evening (they're building new homes near me) and paused the movie to double check since my house was shaking. It was my first holy crap moment with this sub and it continues to deliver every time I watch movies or listen to music.

I think for anyone who doesn't have a large room the 118HT will be great and don't worry too much about paying extra for the Cap 1400 (minus how sexy it looks, but the 118HT is pretty sexy in person).

Thank you again Jeff for making this happen and I encourage anyone who isn't sure about buying to give him a call. He's extremely straight forward and isn't pushy when it comes to buying.

Thank you all for reading and enjoy the pics!











 

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can anyone comment on the specific pros and cons of the 1400 vs the S1 ?
Cap 1400 is ported and Cap S1 is sealed.

You should research the difference between them to determine which one is better for you.
 

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The following is smellyfungus 's review of Captivator 118HT. I will post it here.

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/113-s.../1186832-jtr-captivator-167.html#post49151793

Hi Guys,

I've had the Cap 118HT for a while now and told Jeff I would be posting a review but with work and life I've been pretty lazy. It seems like the 118HT doesn't get as much fanfare as JTR's more powerful options but I wanted to chime in for any of those considering purchasing the 2017 version.

My current man cave is a loft only about 13' x 12' but opens to the rest of the house on the side. It's not the best room acoustically but it's my only option until I move one day.

I had tried sealed with RA's Gamma and realized ported was the way to go, unfortunately the debacle with RA left me low on funds. My options were settling with what I had or seeing what deals I could swing. I really wanted JTR after what I've read in the forums and Jeff was kind enough to give me a great offer on a "prototype" which he described as parts laying around the shop.

The sub shipped within a few days and Jeff even checked in around the time I was supposed to receive the sub to ask for my thoughts on the product. Many many weeks later here are my thoughts (and photos).

So as many warned but very little heed, the sub is the size of a mini fridge. The box is fairly massive and I had a couple flights of stairs to go up in my condo. The delivery guy looked angry that I answered the door and he begrudgingly went back to the truck and hauled the package up the steps to my front door. I had originally planned to wait for a friend but I was so excited I ended up carefully pushing the package up the stairs (no worries, it's carpet).

I was immediately impressed by how well packed the subwoofer was. Everything was wrapped neatly in plastic and cushioned by large foam blocks. I was semi lost on why there were holes where the amp and woofer were but I guessed it's so they know it's a 118HT and not a Cap 1400.

I also thought it was funny that the power cord is tucked in one of the ports, smart packaging indeed. I had really wanted a high gloss/veneer sub (couldn't swing the cost difference) but I was surprised that the default matte black ain't too shabby. It actually has a little shimmer to it, feels like sandpaper. It can get white scuff marks easily but that can be wiped off. If you could afford a paint job/veneer I would say go for it, with such a large size I think it's likely worth the cost. If I ever can afford to upgrade I will definitely get a veneered one next time.

Now the part that matters, the sound. Right off the bat I ran ARC on my Anthem but used the same distance settings. I immediately noticed a much fuller sound, ARC had this flat til it's cutoff of 15hz which got me really excited. The sub is at 0 for the LF adjust.

On the RA Gamma I had to run at +3db hot to get a satisfactory balance of bass quantity and quality. With the 118HT I'm running it at the calibrated level and still feeling every thump my movies/shows provide. I had already thought my Gamma sounded good/clean but with the additional low end provided by the 118HT it is simply a much more involving and satisfying experience.

The bass sounds clean, quick, and integrates well with my system (probably has to do more with the EQ but sub rounds out the system on the bottom end). It definitely is confusing hearing something so light on it's feet for something so large but when it's time for impact the sub delivers.

I wish I remembered the movie but it was one involving monsters and there were bassy footsteps. I swear I got confused and thought there was construction going on in the evening (they're building new homes near me) and paused the movie to double check since my house was shaking. It was my first holy crap moment with this sub and it continues to deliver every time I watch movies or listen to music.

I think for anyone who doesn't have a large room the 118HT will be great and don't worry too much about paying extra for the Cap 1400 (minus how sexy it looks, but the 118HT is pretty sexy in person).

Thank you again Jeff for making this happen and I encourage anyone who isn't sure about buying to give him a call. He's extremely straight forward and isn't pushy when it comes to buying.

Thank you all for reading and enjoy the pics!











What is that place on the ring where the bolts are located? 4th picture where it looks like a scuff mark. Is that where two separate ends of the ring meet? Almost looks like there is another one on the opposite side.
 

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What is that place on the ring where the bolts are located? 4th picture where it looks like a scuff mark. Is that where two separate ends of the ring meet? Almost looks like there is another one on the opposite side.
Are you referring to the subwoofer gasket?

The gasket used on Cap 118HT is more for decoration only. It is put/adhered around the driver after the driver has been screwed onto the front of the cabinet.

https://www.google.com/search?q=sub...d=0ahUKEwjBsJXn4IjRAhUN6GMKHfwECgAQ_AUI2gEoAQ
 

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can anyone comment on the specific pros and cons of the 1400 vs the S1 ?
See graph below, tells part of the story, "all else being equal." Meaning similar size, driver, cost. Physically, the S1 is smaller. Otherwise a somewhat controversial topic (because personal taste and opinions are involved), but IMHO:

For music, where content is mostly above 30 hz: Depends on taste, room, type of music, either would be great. I personally would very likely favor the sealed S1. The sealed subwoofers that I have (JL E112, etc.) tend to have relatively prominent mid bass, that tight punch, which is great for movie, but *really* great for music.

For movie, where content dips often enough to 20 and below into infrasonic: Again depends on room, taste, content, but I personally would vote for the ported 1400. A ported 18 incher would give you that tremendous *bloom*, or maybe "boom" :), in the low 15-30 range.

The Fletcher Munson "phenomenon" would tend to favor a ported subwoof with the big boom at 15-20 hz also. Anyway, if you are serious, it might be a good idea to call Jeff P. for his advice; he might just say, ah ignore that guy cannga! :) FWIW most of JTR subwoofs are ported, except for sealed S1 & S2, and folder horn Orbit Shifter.



 

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My captivator 118 Ht arrived today!
Happy Holibass :). "Isn't she pretty?"

What a fun weekend for you; I too was hoping for a pre Christmas delivery but the paint finish is a lot more work than I thought. If possible please give impression.
 

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Anyone else get in on the Captivator 218HT pre-order sale? I am moving up from an SVS PB2000 and am worried about caving in my house :p
"Anyone else" - did you pull the trigger on the pre-order sale? Product like the 218HT brings to mind two words: one, implode, two, explode. As in will my tympanic membrane implode? Will the room explode? :)

40 inch size subwoofer box reminds me very much of old style ultra high-end audio companies (Thiel, Wilson, etc.), owned by single person with singular vision. The goal is perhaps less about matching what other people are doing and what you want, more about what HE wants you to want :), which seems to be making the most powerful subwoofers on the planet. Basically: this is what I do, these are the numbers, take it or leave it. Thankfully he does seem to think of "normal" people and make smaller boxes LOL like Cap 118HT and Cap 1400. Ok maybe only S1 is small.

For anyone new and shopping around, if you have any doubt about this goes to this page http://www.data-bass.com/systems, look at the column that says 16 hz, and compare JTR's numbers with others (bigger is, this time, better) :).
 

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^^^*Subjectively*, as with all audio components there's no way to tell what something "sounds" like until you have subwoofer in the room. But, *objectively*, you could see how old Captivator 1400 V1 compares, and hopefully new Captivator 1400 V2 would improve on that. Assuming I am doing this comparison correctly (any expert please correct me as needed), below are CEA-2010 numbers from Audioholics review of PB 16 versus Data-Bass review of Captivator 1400. Note I have added Captivator numbers next to the PB 16's extended mode's numbers, but they could be compared against other modes as well.

The PB16 is a remarkable deep-bass monster, but... Captivator is an even *BADDER* powerhouse that's out-deep-bassing :) a deep-bass monster, for less money. Captivator matches PB16 between 16-31 hz, and then surpasses it in all other frequencies, both infrasonic (12.5 hz by +7 dB) and all other bass range (40 hz on, up to +9 dB higher). This measurement seems to explain why Audioholics commented that the PB 16 Ultra's mid bass dynamic range is not as powerful as its deep bass.

Data-Bass noted in the Captivator 1400 V1's review that its CEA-2010 short term distortion limited burst output measurements are among the highest output of ANY commercial subwoofer tested to that point :eek:, and this is why it is so hard to beat the Captivator 1400, V1 or V2. This all around top to bottom power was one of the reasons why I picked the Cap 1400 out of so many outstanding choices available; it does seem to occupy an unparalleled sweet spot of power and low cost all on its own. (Just to think it was on sale for even lower at $1700 just a couple weeks ago.)

Jeff P. does seem to have this unusual talent of making high quality, low cost subwoofers with *STAGGERING* capability & backed by numbers measured by third party.

I was going to like this post but I can't bring myself to like any post authored by a Lakers fan ... :p ;)
 

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Captivator 118HT CEA2010, 1m, peak
131db 50-125hz average (122db, 2m/rms)
127db 40hz (118db, 2m/rms)
124db 31.5hz (115db, 2m/rms)
122db 25hz (113db, 2m/rms)
117db 20hz (110db, 2m/rms)
105db 16hz (105db, 2m/rms)
Wow!!, i new the 1400 was potent, but didn't realize by that much. Well done Jeff!! I would have to check box size but believe its smaller than the chest freezer of the PB16?:) I'm getting nervous to the damage my S-1 is going to do to my house lol. I see i responded to the wrong sub as the 1400 was also been talked about in the previous post. Better go have some coffee. That been said the 118HT's performance in a sub selling right now for $1099 is just such a good value, jeff is giving some who may not have a large budget the opportunity to really experience something special in their home theater.
 

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"Anyone else" - did you pull the trigger on the pre-order sale? Product like the 218HT brings to mind two words: one, implode, two, explode. As in will my tympanic membrane implode? Will the room explode? :)
Yes I did order the 218HT. February can't come soon enough...
 

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. My captivator 118 Ht arrived today!


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Quick post about my captivator 118HT. It arrived professionally packaged,in a heavy duty cardboard box with stiff foam on the inside. The custom finish is flawless. I used the foam to slide it along my hardwood floor. Put it in the spot where my JL audio e110 used to be. I listen at moderate levels,so last night i finally had a chance to watch a movie. I put in the force awakens and was grinning from ear to ear . It's awesome fills a large space that I have. Truthfully I am not sure I'll ever use it's full potential. It blows the e110 out of the water! I can't take measurements since I don't have a laptop. If anyone in San Antonio wants to swing by and take some measurements, let me know.
 

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I was going to like this post but I can't bring myself to like any post authored by a Lakers fan ... :p ;)

Ah c'mon we've suffered enough, in the spirit of the season give me a Like! :p Boston, or, San Antonio?

PS Is this the same "RMK!" who started the JTR Captivator thread many years ago? I read a few of your helpful posts. Thank you.
 

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Yes I did order the 218HT. February can't come soon enough...


Wow congrats - I could harly wait for my 1400 myself. 40 inch cabinet is for the true bassheads whose dedication to bass has surpassed sanity (this is meant to be a compliment, I'm fairly nutty myself :))? Truly outrageous, and... admirable. Same goes for whoever that designs this powerhouse ;).

218 HT is about same size as 4000 ULF, and below is one of my most favorite youtubes :).


 

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Wow congrats - I could harly wait for my 1400 myself. 40 inch cabinet is for the true bassheads whose dedication to bass has surpassed sanity (this is meant to be a complement, I'm fairly nutty myself :))? Truly outrageous, and... admirable. Same goes for whoever that designs this powerhouse ;).

218 HT is about same size as 4000 ULF, and below is one of my most favorite youtubes :).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k2mJjz6XUE
I watched that video as well and my favorite part is at about 1:59 when the wife says "Ryan that is way too much"

No doubt I will be hearing that as well from my wife, the kids, the neighbors, and any passers-by within a few square miles :eek:
 

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Quick post about my captivator 118HT. It arrived professionally packaged,in a heavy duty cardboard box with stiff foam on the inside. The custom finish is flawless. I used the foam to slide it along my hardwood floor. Put it in the spot where my JL audio e110 used to be. I listen at moderate levels,so last night i finally had a chance to watch a movie. I put in the force awakens and was grinning from ear to ear. It's awesome fills a large space that I have. Truthfully I am not sure I'll ever use it's full potential. It blows the e110 out of the water! I can't take measurements since I don't have a laptop. If anyone in San Antonio wants to swing by and take some measurements, let me know.

Not fair for bringing a rose to a gun fight! :) In the world of 2 channel high-end audio, JL Audio is perhaps king of the hill, but I too have realized for hometheaters these uncompromising JTR ported 18 inchers are necessary & don't want to miss out on it. Have fun and thanks for the report.

BTW friendly reminder - countdown = 7 days to the end of the $1099 pricing :). Simply put: at this price unlikely that any commercial subwoofer will match this baby's CEA-2010 metrics. Nothing will reach as low as powerfully, and we know low bass is expensive bass :).
 

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The "lf adjust" is a cut only filter and is there to tailor the subwoofer's lowend response to the room gain of the room it is being installed into. With the "lf adjust" all the way up it will give you a flat response outdoors and with it all the way down it will give you a flat response is a small sealed room. Because subwoofers have more maximum output capability on the topend you gain headroom with the "lf adjust" turned down. I would start with the "lf adjust" turned all the way down, take a measurement and adjust from there until you have a nice flat response. In our 16'x18'x8' demo room we ended up with the "lf adjust" at 1/4 the way up.
Hi Jeff,

On my S2's the LF Adjust has cut and boost. I currently have it set in the middle which I assume does neither.

What is the affect of setting it all the way to boost? What frequency and how much does this boost?

Thanks!
 

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Hi Jeff,

On my S2's the LF Adjust has cut and boost. I currently have it set in the middle which I assume does neither.

What is the affect of setting it all the way to boost? What frequency and how much does this boost?

Thanks!

Hi raynist (lucky S2 owner!), see graph below from Data- Bass that measures the effect of the LF Adjust in the King of Kings :) Captivator ULF 4000. Frequency range affected is sub 30 hz and I believe this would apply to all Captivators. I had questions about this setting too until I saw JP's explanation, which made me realize it's not "boost vs cut" (which to me imply a "safest/best/flat" setting in the middle), but simply a gain setting for the amplifier's DSP brain.

The way I understand it (anyone pls correct as needed): The max setting provides a flattest frequency response outdoor where subwoofers are meaured during testing. Once move indoors, room gain means this flat outdoor setting might be too much especially in small sealed room, etc., and if that's the case, either subjectively (too boomy) or objectively (not flat measurement indoor), the LF Adjust could be used. You could see this in the graph below: the max setting gives the flattest response outdoors.

Jeff actually suggests to start with the LF Adjust turned all the way down, take a measurement and adjust from there until you have a nice flat response. His explanation: Because subwoofers have more maximum output capability on the top end you gain headroom with the LF Adjust turned down. This way subwoof's bottom-end has more reserve to match higher headroom of top-end - I hope I make sense :). Happy Holidays and hope this helps.


 
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