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How to integrate the bass-system/subwoofers with the main speakers, so that the end result actually sounds better. This involves setting crossover frequency and delay and level, so that the bass system and main speakers integrate seamlessly. Get those 3 steps right, and the result will likely have significantly improved sound quality compared to switching off the subwoofers. Additional steps includes dsp processing - like eq - on bass system, dsp/eq on main speakers, placement of main speakers and bass system, room acoustics, placement of listening position. A complex process with so many variables. Kind of nirvana for the hobby enthusiast looking for problems to spend time on, a real pain for someone who just bought this awesome bass system and now want to hear some music and watch a movie. Integrating the bass system is like engineering a speaker system in your room, which requires knowledge in electroacoustics and equipment to do acoustic measurements. So , what do you do if you have neither? You use a set of rules to make the necessary settings. Perhaps helped by automated set-up functionality, such as audyssey. The result is what one can classify as "variable success" - in some cases, it ends up with something that sounds reasonably good, in other cases it is so flawed that the sound is better when subwoofers are disabled. Even for experts, a set of rules makes it possible to do a system in a reasonable time frame, and also give more predictable results. So, which set of rules applies. How do we set this up, simple and easy, with predictable results. Share your way of doing the integration, ask questions. Let us kill the myth that subwoofers must be switched off for music. This thread hopefully will provide useful information on how to integrate a bass system, and when we enter the more advanced parts we may be able to further improve the methods we use.
As a total Newbie who just joined today, I have to say my hat's off to those who have done all this analysis work. This is fantastic! It's great to see someone validating the work that was published decades ago, which showed that even just HEARING (not to mention FEELING) goes down at least 2 octaves below the usual "20Hz cutoff" generally (incorrectly) quoted as the lower limit of our perception. All you have to do is stand near railroad tracks as a train is going by, or feel the rumbling bass power in thunder to figure out that there's a LOT going on down there. However, although the title of the Bass Content thread mentions games and music, but all I've been able to find so far is movie soundtracks. Don't get me wrong, this is awesome, I love deep bass, which adds tremendously to the excitement of movies! But I am wondering since there is so much content under 20Hz on so many movies, what about games? My searches for "game" or "games" on this thread haven't been successful. My suggestion would be to have 3 separate threads - one for movies, one for games and one for music. Any help you can give me, pointing me to game or music spectrographs would be much appreciated. Thanks, Spectraman42
Hi all. Searched through the forums and to my surprise, no discussion thread on these popular (and IMO great!) HT subs. Massive cabinets and massive low-end output, most powerful commercial sub I've listened to. Velodyne DDs and JL F113s are great too, and possibly more refined, but in terms of sub-bass impact and weight, this one I like the most.