Widescreen Review -- by Jeffrey Kern, Associate Editor 

 

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Equipment Review

[Excerpts from the November 2004 issue]

Crowson Technology TES 100 Tactile Effects System
A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

By Jeffrey Kern

---The degree of movement on-screen is seemingly reproduced to perfection by the Crowson Technology TES 100 Tactile Effects System.---

A Brief History Of The Crowson Technology Universe

Crowson Technology, LLC is a California-based technology development company dedicated to developing cutting-edge, high-quality home entertainment products. The company was founded in 2001 by Randolph J. Crowson, and with the release of the TES 100 Tactile Effects System, is quickly becoming a leader in creative home theatre/audio electronics. Since its inception in 2001, Crowson Technology spent the better part of two years conducting research and development for the TES 100 Tactile Effects System, which was finally released in October 2003. The TES 100 is the only product of its kind built with patent-pending Linear-Direct-Drive™ technology, which dramatically connects you with the on-screen action. The TES 100 is also the only technology able to reproduce ultra-low (1 to 40 Hz) frequencies with significant and accurate tactile effect...

Performance Critique

...The TES 100 Tactile Effects System is more tha just a "shaker device." The electromagnetic actuator also rolls, rumbles, and precisely translates the audio coming from the amplifier into a tangible (e)motional experience. It's quite interesting to think that the movement and effect the TES 100 produces can have dynamic range, but the TES 100 system has just that. In U-571, when the depth charges go off all around the submarine, there is a spatial sense of three-dimensionality in how the explosions rocked me in my chair. Of course, my chair reverberated much more with the louder on-screen explosions, but the smaller explotions are felt in perfect relation to their effect on-screen: smaller. Still very effective, mind you, but smaller...

Conclusions

...Certainly, a great subwoofer can effectively rumble inside of your gut during some very intense LFE activity. The Crowson Technology TES 100 Tactile Effects System takes this an extra step (or two) further by transporting you emotionally further into what you are watching by physically altering significant perceptions of what a home theatre experience is meant to be. At the end of the day, all a home theatre enthusiast and aficionado want to be is fully immersed into the complete home theatre experience. The TES 100 Tactile Effects System from Crowson Technology does just that by providing an extra dimension of immersion, not really seen or heard, but actually felt.

No longer is someone just watching a movie anymore; with the advent of the TES 100 system, those who love home theatre can be placed very effectively within the experience.

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