looks kinda interesting, but at $12,900 i think i'll pass.
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Insane? I think not! How many of you have spent $5 to $10K for anything in your audio system? LOTS of us, I'd guess.
I heard this thing in Denver, and FINALLY I'm justified in using the superlatives others toss about to describe, say, differences in $1000/M IC cable or home-AC duplex power outlets. This thing is simply awesome, jaw-dropping, fabulous, etc. I could hear tones to about 16Hz, but below that, its output is felt. At 2Hz it was oscillating the room door about 2" peak-to-peak!
Yes is does require an adjacent space. Yes it is expensive, but many companies have subwoofers priced well up into the many-thousands of dollars--the 4-driver Genelec raved about in the SW survey published by the now-defunct 'Stereophile AV Guide' (?) is priced at $12K.
Insane? Not at all. Self-indulgent? You betcha!
I also heard or rather felt it at the Denver RMAF show. Interesting concept and very cool but the construction requirements make it home use prohibative. As jeffereybehr points out it does and amazing job below 16hz it was interesting but the 12-14 foot of insulated box channel way to calm the sound of the fan blades in my opinion make it usefull maybe in commercial theatres. I laso wondr how much of the 2-9hz the human body can physically stand.
If this is from the same Eminent Tech that builds the LFT VIIIa you'll see this technology at a bargain price in no time. Bruce Thigpen is a genius and more importantly prices his products very aggressively. Great after sale service too. I have no personal stake in ET, but sure enjoyed my time with a pair of LFT VIIIa's.
I only posted this hear because this subwoofer trully represents and advance in audio technology. Its not nice to call it insane. In an industry where very little progress is made, this sub is a very exciting invention. I am dying to hear how it sounds.
I am sure that in a properly tunned box (in this case adjacent room), Jurassic Park will really sound like you have a dinosaur walking around in your house. To me, this is what exciting home theater is all about.
This kind of bass could also really add to the thrill and excitement of music. When I get to demo this thing I will blast Metallica as loud as I can.
Or how about some deep organ notes?