Originally Posted by Rythmik
It is nice to see some discussion on the strings and it is lowest frequency. I need to emphasize that those frequencies are the steady state nature (resonance) frequency of the string. If we look at microscopically how the sound of strings come about, it happens in a sequence. We first pluck the string. Now that plucking actually injects an impulse-like energy that covers a pretty wide band. Only the energy with frequency matching the natural frequency of the string will continue with the least amount of attenuation. But this process takes time. If we have a speakers with really full range (like one with good subwoofer), what we hear is the entire process of this sound making exactly as how it happens in live performance. This includes drum and most other natural instruments. If we only play the natural frequency of the string and filter out all these "transient noise" each time, it will for sure sound a lot like like early day MIDI.
As usual Brian and I are on the same page, and that was the point I was making earlier. It is not just the lowest fundamental of the string on a bass that you miss, it's all that (much) lower-frequency percussive stuff when they are plucked, or hit (piano), and the percussive waves from percussion instruments (not just drums) that a sub really helps bring out.
For years I swore I didn't really need a subwoofer for music (back then there was no HT). Then I got one (*). The next few decades, up to and including the present, I've been swearing I can't do without one. For music or anything else. I do not understand the "sub does not matter for music" viewpoint from people who actually own a sub and choose to not use it for music. Unless it's a bad sub, in which case you're reading the wrong thread.
IME/IMO - Don
(*) Actually, I bought speakers with another octave on the low end and realized what I was missing. I switched to panels, losing the bass again, and as a result finally built my own servo sub as a college kid because I didn't like most of the subs I heard and couldn't afford a good sub. I used my homebrew sub to convince numerous friends and customers that they really needed a sub unless all they listened to was AM radio.