Yesterday I had a very long session with the Realiser at home. Honestly, I had to drag myself to bed against my will. The realiser is that good.
I replicated my Definitive Technology based Home Theater in order to compare to the stuff they have at Glenn Poor’ store which I measured, so I could find out how significant is the SQ difference among them.
Wow, I mean, WOW, I am still in disbelief!
If I didn’t go to the store, I’d have been extremely happy with the results replicating my home theater. Actually, I did some improvements by temporarily re-arranging the location of the front speakers, in order to get better sound spread and imaging.
In normal use I have much less than 30 ° of separation on the front L and R speakers, so I moved them to get the recommended angles.
As my home theater is installed in a rectangular living room, the room acoustics are on the “live” side, with a long front-to-back acoustic signature.
And the dynamics I get with my Home Theater is nothing to write home about, that’s my feeling after today’s session with the Realiser.
Now the fun comes. I loaded the files obtained at the store, which are the 7.1 set up at their home theater room, which is very quiet and have much better acoustics than my room. I don’t know how it compares to AIX room in L.A., but I am sure I won’t ever get that acoustic treatment at home.
Then I have 3.7 Maggies, in a 2.0 configuration, the Wilson Sashas, also in 2.0, and again the Sashas in a 5.0 set up.
Right now I can tell you the money and time spent going Champaign to get the measurements is utterly worth it and then some!.
Beginning with the 7.1 replication, I watched X-men First class movie, and was blown away with the huge, coherent and enveloping wall of sound. It has very powerful bass and great, great dynamics. It feels like going to a small theater, with huge ambiance. Certainly much bigger than my room. It feels like my room got bigger.
It was so good I ended watching the whole movie, I was totally immersed in it, accompanied with great video from my JCV RS-40 front projector.
Later I played some parts of this movie for the Sashas 5.0 system. Oh boy, unbelievable dynamics, transparency, imaging and details. Sound is incredibly huge, and totally effortless. You want to cramp the volume up to be devoured by this big big sound.
I decided to try some video concerts, starting with a Porcupine Tree concert.
Now my jaw dropped to the floor… from there on I just kept having goose bumps.
Music was so powerful, majestic, but still extraordinarily detailed. That was a 360 ° experience, with sounds coming far from the left, right, center, and the sides, and all the clapping behind me. I felt there at the concert.
And again, it amazes me how effortless it goes, no matter how high you go on the volume. Scary stuff.
To end the session I played some CDs for the Sashas 2.0 configuration.
Oh my goodness… again goose bumps galore.
It was funny having such a beautiful sound in front of me, looking at the Def Tech speakers.
Right now, I feel like using the 7.1 system for movies, and the Sashas 5.0 for video concerts.
I didn’t have time to try the 3.7 Maggies. Good to save something for later.
In the end, this has been an unforgettable evening, so eye opening (ear?).
I am still at awe with what I had yesterday night. This is a turning point for me, regarding Home theater sound. Best I have ever had sound wise.
Now, I ‘d kill to have a replication of a 5.1 of Wilson Sashas speakers.
My admiration and gratitude to Smyth Research for coming out with this incredible product.
And to you guys for letting me know about it.