The Titan is not shielded. Because the woofer is in the bottom of the cabinet, it is usually a pretty long way from a picture tube. Generally, the Titan will need to be about 12-18" from the TV.
Yes, you can get full-range, fully-integrated sound out of almost any system with a Titan. And yes, it can often sound better than the single large full-range. You can place the sub where the bass response will be the best, this is almost never where the main speakers sound best. With careful setup, you can even reduce the effects of room standing waves and resonances. All domestic spaces have peaks in the midbass, often in the 60-80Hz range. By reducing the overlap between the sub and the mains, this room peak can be greatly tamed. The result is far tighter and tuneful bass with full power down below 20. Having the extreme lows does more than add bass power and reach, it often adds an improved sense of ambiance and hall "size". This is especially true of live recordings.
There are still some holdouts from the days when subs were considered evil:) They've just never heard a great sub, properly integrated.
And no, positive traits of your current speakers will not be diminished, they will be enhanced. Our subwoofer philosophy is "first do no harm"
Placing the Titan near your main speakers is the easiest way to get a good blend. The ideal placement is often in a corner behind the main speakers. Corner placement provides the highest output level with the lowest distortion from the subwoofer. Placing the Titan close to a wall will also increase bass output. However, the Titan can be placed anywhere in the room.
Finding the optimum placement may require some experimentation. Instead of moving a heavy subwoofer around the room to find the best response there is a simple trick you can use. Place the subwoofer where you normally sit to listen. While playing either test tones or music with a steady bass, walk around the room and listen for the deepest, tightest and smoothest bass response. Move the sub to the place you hear the best bass.
The Owner's manual has more information about placement options.
Two words: quality and musicality. For example, the amplifier is U.S. built to very high standards. It is a fully discrete, full bandwidth amplifier with torroidal transformer. It is light years beyond the usual "amp on a chip" designs used by almost all subwoofer builders. It is also phenomenally reliable. This is something you should consider when some commercial subs have very high failure rates.
The Titan simply sounds more like real music than most of it's competition. There are those who think all subs sound alike, some just louder and lower than others. Not true. We, and Titan owners know there is a wealth of detail in the low bass that may not be heard on many subs. Also, the integration to the mains is extremely critical and the Titan does this exceptionally well. Telling tests are acoustic and electric bass lines as well as concert piano. Many subs can shake the house with an explosion, but sound muddy and "wrong" on these musical tests. The Titan can do both. Meant to please for the long-haul. Backed by the best warranty in the business. You get to try it in your home!
All three subs sound very much the same. The difference is a matter of output
capability. The Titan, with it's larger enclosure and woofer will cleanly
play a bit more than 3db louder than the smaller Force. The Force is great, but
I advise the higher output Titan if the rest of your system is up to it and
space and funds permit. The Force does an honest 20Hz, it just doesn’t have
quite the dynamic reserve as the Titan. However, a second Force can always be
added, which would provide 3db more output than a single Titan.
The most common comparisons are with the highly regarded REL subs. Particularly the REL Stadium III ($2995). Detailed comparison chart. I'd say that the Force sounds more like the Strata III, but has significantly more output than either the Strata III or the more costly Storm III. Best comparison for the Titan would be the Stadium III. Sound quality wise, we feel that the Titan and Force are two of the most accurate and musical subs you can buy at any price. Detailed, tight, powerful and musical. Don't take our word for it, if you do searches at audioasylum.com you can find independent people who've done detailed and direct comparisons. REL builds fine subs, but we have a HUGE economic advantage by selling direct vs. the REL for which you must pay the costs of shipping and import from Britain as well as distributor AND dealer markups. Heck we have quite a few customers in the UK who will pay to import the Force or Titan rather than buy the RELs!
Also, compared to the similarly priced Vandersteen sub, the Titan offers significantly higher output levels and is much easier to integrate because of our 24db/oct filters compared to the Vandy's 6db/oct filters.
There are definite advantages to
stereo bass beyond the increased output capacity. A pair of Titan offers more flexibility and higher output levels than a
single Titan. In a high-resolution stereo system, stereo subs provide that
last bit of realism in the bass range. How much of an improvement depends on the
crossover frequency to the mains. The higher the crossover frequency, the bigger
the improvement. A single, high performance sub is great, a pair of high
performance subs is better. Those
who try stereo subs rarely go back!
The input impedance of the Titan at line level is approx. 10K ohms (10,000 ohms)
The input impedance with the Speaker Level adapter is approx. 24K (24,000 ohms)
Diagram of the Speaker Level Adapter:
The most the map will draw is 4 amps at turn-on. Normally, it will draw around 2 amps when being played fairly hard. There will be short peaks up to around 4 amps when being played "all out" with bass heavy content.