All set to break our neighbour's walls, we started with the review of the Chorus SW 800 V. First came the placement, and for the 800 V being front firing there was no problem whatsoever. The only care that one will have to take is that you don't place it too much in the front as that tends to muddle the overall sound to an extent. Ours was a room of approximately 150 sq ft and we had placed the subwoofer a foot behind the fronts and a foot away from the wall.
The rest of the gear included speakers from B&W, Energy, Dali etc so that we could check this guy's compatibility with different speaker systems. Once we were through with the placements, we tried out the 800 V in different combinations and permutations, we observed that there was a high amount of interaction between its volume knob and the crossover as you change the crossover cut off the volume gets louder - especially in the upper half of the crossover limit ie beyond 90Hz. As you change the crossover frequency beyond the 90Hz mark, there is a significant impact on the overall subwoofer volume level or loudness.
The sub becomes relatively louder as you go on increasing the cut off frequency towards the 180Hz mark. Thus most of you who would be using bookshelf speakers (you will setting the cut off at 90 or 100Hz generally) as your fronts, would need to be prepared to reset the level control on the subwoofer every time you make any crossover adjustments. Coming to the setting up of cut off frequency, though the crossover control reads from 40 to 180Hz, the actual range that we could get out of the 800 V was approximately from 65Hz to 140Hz. We say this on the basis of a peculiar observation that we made for the 800 V. Generally as you go lower and lower below 60 or 50Hz and towards the 20Hz, you start to feel the lower frequencies than hearing them.
These frequencies are not really heard but are only felt by our body which gives us a perception of hearing them. But in case of the 800 V, this feeling of the bass was lacking. To which we have concluded that its lower end is limited to the 60 or 50Hz (appx) mark. After the range comes the timing of a subwoofer. An important characteristic of bass frequencies is that they are non-directional. Being non-directional, they also stand a very high chance of muddling the overall sound if not in sync (correct timing) with the rest of the audio spectrum. And especially when you can hear (and not feel) the bass frequencies sufficiently as in the 800 V, timing becomes even more important.
And rest assured as the polyglass woofer was doing its task to its fullest by being right on time and in sync with the rest of the audio spectrum. It is altogether a different ball game when you get this timely bass response and you have some great action flick like the 'Die-Hard 4.0' running your screen. Every bomb explosion, every plane crash or every car accident seems to be even more realistic. By realistic we mean an impact that makes you feel that even you are a part of the action on the screen and a chunk of metal is just going to pass by you. Finally we set out to check the sound enhancement modes that are incorporated on the 800 V. As it turns out, all these modes do really work and the Night mode will be really helpful for nocturnal beings who like to trigger their movie senses only in the night.