Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare (CD)
Crossed over at 100Hz, the XS15 was going to have to work for it when listening to the heavy and progressive song. Mike Portnoy provided the drums on this CD for the band and precision is always the order of the day when this madman is behind the kit. The XS15's did a fine job of providing a tight and impactful response. The solid bassline in the song comes across in a low 'pluck' that really thickens up the delivery quite nicely. Bullet For My Valentine - Waking The Demons (FLAC)
Yes, I was in a heavy metal frame of mind as I had a long day and needed to get out some agression. Besides, the XS15 can land a punch in your chest that would kickstart your heart if necessary. It was nice that the XS15 could keep pace with such precision and maintain a musical feel. This was a very tight response and I really enjoyed it. Adrenaline Mob - Undaunted (FLAC)
Adrenaline Mob is a heavy metal super group made up of members of Symphony X, Disturbed and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. This is just a great full throttle heavy metal band and Undaunted is the epitome of what Adrenaline Mob is all about. With thick, heavy guitars, throaty vocals and thunderous drums 'Undaunted' is the type of song that gets better the louder you play it. The XS15's once again delivered a with almost surgical precision. Very tight with formidable impact.
There is a chapter on the Hitman Blu-ray titled ‘Storming the Hotel’ in which Interpol tries to corner Agent 47. The scene is great demo for this type of setup because it has a great explosion to kick things off that really pops and then fades into a nice low rumble. The gunfire in this movie was audibly designed to be very impactful and is another good test for precision. I thought that the XS15 responded as expected and I could not detect any issues with the presentation. What I did notice when comparing the XS15 to some other downfiring subs such as my old Outlaw LFM Plus is that the dispersion was not as specific as the Outlaw. In other words I could not audibly detect where the bass was coming from. Transformers (Blu-ray)
One of my favorites for the longest time and for the foreseeable future is the summersault scene in The Transformers. This is just a fun scene to listen to and it kicks off a barrage of nonstop action and an onslaught of low frequency goodness. Again the XS15’s were up to the challenge and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which the bass was reproduced. This room is not particularly advantageous to being pressurized by the bass, but it was not sorely missed either. War of the Worlds
Ok, we all knew this one was on tap right? The more and more I hear War of the Worlds emergence scene, the harder it is for a subwoofer to impress me with reproducing the scene. While the XS15 reproduces the earthshaking and rumbles very well, I found it falling a little short when the tri-pod stands up but 16Hz can be tricky to hit with authority for subs costing twice as much. Additionally the room and receiver have to be taken into account as well.
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