Ryan Anderson· Banned
BRAVO! BRAVO!I managed to wheel it into the house last night. It didn't take up much more room than the stacked subs, but I don't have any grills made which will make it 4" wider.
Bass??? After discovering my Denon 5308CI had lost all of it's settings, I finally got the Face 1200 to start throwing out some signals.
I was very concerned about a 21" woofer from comments from the unbeleivers. Comments like the driver that size isn't quick enough to give you good bass & so on. You don't see 21" subs in the marketplace either. I think Foxtex has a $2,200 31" and a couple of others may offer something similar, but I've never heard of one finished in retail. If they would be that great, we should see more of them.
Well the Maelstrom breaks the barrier to lower bass, cleaner bass, and lots of both in the 21" driver!
The XBL2 motor design plays a big part in its superior performance.
I wasn't in the position to take some measurements but I did listen to a couple of test THX & Dolby Digital DVD tracks, Santana at Montreaux, and then the ultimate test; John Clayton's stand up bass on Diana Krall's live in Paris DVD. Of all the subs I've built and owned, including Legacy's infamous Point One, Mr. Clayton's bass has always produced a bunch of resonance. This disc is the only one that did that in my collection. Sure, I could probably go out and buy a multi-band equilizer and get rid of the unwanted resonance, but I wanted a sub that would play every note as John played it. I stuck the disc in the OPPO and hit the play button and was probably as nervous as Susan Boyle's debut when they pushed the play button.
Their opening song is probably their best on this album with John Clayton's bass, their lead guitarist, of course Diana's piano playing.
The sub didn't have any distortion, a total lack of resonance, was crystal clear, and with John plucking the bass strings, it sounded like you were there or he was here. The second track had John's bass playing as well and all was good. I was/am very impressed. I'm sure the 4 2100 gram passive radiators played a huge role in the performance as well as the properly built and dampened cabinet. With my new Denon flagship receiver, the picture was upconverted to 1080p, so I watched the concert until the wife went to bed. I haven't watched this DVD with my new receiver and its new HQV upconversion chip. It upconverts everything including Direct TV and component video.
When she got home, she locked the electric gate (we have a chain we use for added security). When she came in the house I told her how great it performed and she said the fence and gate was ratteling and I didn't even have it up to the spl I really like listening concerts at.
I've got a lot of shop, truck cleanup, and paperwork to do, but I'll find the tuning frequency and some spl levels in the next couple of days. I used the Face 1200 and got it to clip a couple of times (on purpose for testing). When I had it cranked up during some of the test cd tracks, the driver was really moving.
I guess by this report you guys know well I like it! It gets an 11 point rating out of a possible 10.
youve got my attention!I should take a destructive testing video and post it up there. I beat them to death testing early production units and it is very entertaining. Most guys love to break things and I'm no different. I cringe as the things go whack-whack-whack-whack until something lets loose. I've been able to smack a back plate on a Shiva & Tempest once the suspension lets loose but I've never seen a Maelstrom either the 18" or 21" hit even in destructive testing.
the XXX is 108mm p-pWell the Maelstrom-X has an xmax of 66mm (p-p), tad higher fs, but a higher efficiency I think.