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Wow, thanks for the info! I have played and run sound for numerous rock, jazz big band etc. groups and still did not know all this. Not to mention my time in the orchestra, where all bass is acoustic bass. I thought "bass guitar" meant an electric bass in contrast to the big upright acoustic bass.

And just because I gotta' say it -- isn't bass a fish?

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Sound guys call the bass drum of a drumset the "kick", to avoid confusion with the (electric) bass. Think of it this way: The acoustic/stand-up/double bass and the electric bass have the same scale and play the same notes. The stand-up bass produces sound completely acoustically, the electric completely electronically, via a "pickup" mounted on it's the body under the strings, which converts the vibrations of the strings into an electrical signal. Now, what if you place a pick-up on the body of an acoustic bass, as is often done when one is played live with electric guitars? That acoustic bass now creates sound the same way the electric bass does, via an electrical signal created by a pickup. So is it now, too, a bass "guitar"? No! It's still a bass, and so is an electric. Using a pick-up on a bass does NOT turn a bass into a guitar. Have I beaten this horse to death yet?!
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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.

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It's surprising, but a grand piano's bottom keys actually produce lower fundamental frequencies than does a bass! And a full-size pipe organ's lowest bass pedal creates a 16HZ tone! A subwoofer (or an extremely good woofer) is an absolute requirement for full scale reproduction of orchestral music recorded in a large venue (Church, Concert Hall). Not just to reproduce the sound of the instruments, but also the room itself, which creates single-digit frequency information (in- and out-of-phase). Bach and Mozart wrote music specifically to be performed in a Church (Bach wrote a lot of his music simply to have something to play on Sunday at his day job, that of Church organist. The only reason the sheet music survived is because it was stored safely, perhaps for a possible second performance. Most of Bach's music was performed only once during his lifetime!), whose interior size and acoustics were designed and intended to create a sound huge enough to give glory to God. For those who listen only to studio recordings, very few "full"-range speakers actual produce much useable (high enough in SPL at low enough distortion) output at even that 42Hz open-E string low note of a bass, no matter what the claim. But by trying to, the woofers of those speakers compromise their ability to reproduce mid and upper bass (and even midrange sound, if the woofer operates that high in frequency. Lots of 2-way speakers have a cross-over frequency from the woofer to tweeter at 1500-2000Hz). Taking away from a woofer the job of reproducing the lowest bass is one of the best reasons for using sub or two in a music system, no matter what music is played on it.

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IIRC 27 Hz IIRC is the fundamental of the lowest string on a full-size grand; the big Bosendorfer's go a little lower.

There are a couple of organs in the world with 64' stops and one that I have read about with a 128' stop so even lower than 16 Hz...

Difference tones from an organ or orchestra create subharmonics that can go very low in pitch. One of those things you miss without a subwoofer.

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Sup dudes..I was watching Edge of Tomorrow the other day and the opening credits have three LOUD low bass tones. I believe someone on this thread said to watch out for those cuz they're "nuking" subs. Anyway, my FV15HP port chuffed like crazy on the third and lowest of those tones. MV wasn't anywhere near reference level. Guys with FV15HPs, is there any way to cure this? Never thought that beast had any sort of limits, hence why I bought it. My settings are 14/Hi/1 port/rumble filter off.
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^^ what volume you were listening at? I listened to that scene at my normal -15MV on my pair with same setting as yours and no chuffing or bad noise whatsoever. Remember that scene reaches 120db down low.
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Sup dudes..I was watching Edge of Tomorrow the other day and the opening credits have three LOUD low bass tones. I believe someone on this thread said to watch out for those cuz they're "nuking" subs. Anyway, my FV15HP port chuffed like crazy on the third and lowest of those tones. MV wasn't anywhere near reference level. Guys with FV15HPs, is there any way to cure this? Never thought that beast had any sort of limits, hence why I bought it. My settings are 14/Hi/1 port/rumble filter off.
I have mine at 14/low/2 port/rumble filter on and it just coasts through that scene at -10 like a boss. I'll have to try it on one port and see how it does, But that is a LOT of air being moved out of one 3.5" port.
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Sup dudes..I was watching Edge of Tomorrow the other day and the opening credits have three LOUD low bass tones. I believe someone on this thread said to watch out for those cuz they're "nuking" subs. Anyway, my FV15HP port chuffed like crazy on the third and lowest of those tones. MV wasn't anywhere near reference level. Guys with FV15HPs, is there any way to cure this? Never thought that beast had any sort of limits, hence why I bought it. My settings are 14/Hi/1 port/rumble filter off.
"Doctor, it hurts when I do that. What should I do?"

So, your expectation is really that it has no limits?

I wonder what they did at theaters.

It was pretty crazy on 4x F25s. I didn't have to guts to try at reference, though.
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"Doctor, it hurts when I do that. What should I do?"

So, your expectation is really that it has no limits?

I wonder what they did at theaters.

It was pretty crazy on 4x F25s. I didn't have to guts to try at reference, though.

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jk rcohen! i played it at -10 and and didn't push harder than that, and you know what I'm packing for subs to
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"Doctor, it hurts when I do that. What should I do?"

So, your expectation is really that it has no limits?

I wonder what they did at theaters.

It was pretty crazy on 4x F25s. I didn't have to guts to try at reference, though.
as long as you have the limiter on, the sub should be safe. Most of the dead subs seems to be diy
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as long as you have the limiter on, the sub should be safe. Most of the dead subs seems to be diy

The big (usually 18" driver) DIY subs I've seen are nothing more than a driver or two in a big box with a pro power amp feeding it. Rather under-engineered, IMO.
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On the control of F8, we have 3 positions: low-music, low-HT, and high. In the mod (which we will call it F-M8 or FM-8), I will make that high position to a 50hz/24 HPF. It is a perfect setup for another sub with also 50hz/24 LPF (such as our F12) when both accept the same input. This will simply any auto EQ.


There have been midbas products on the market. Our F8 is orginally designed as a wide-bandwidth subwoofer intended to use at higher crossover. Now we can use FM-8 as either a standalone subwoofer or as a midbass module.
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Interesting concept of having the F8 as a mid bass module. So the thinking is to use satellite speakers for 200Hz and up to 20kHz, then use bass management within the pre/pro/AVR for below 200Hz? I.e. the satellite speaker are powered by the amp/AVR while the mid bass and sub are considered as active speakers.

Physical connection wise, it would be using RCA connections: LFE out of pre/pro/AVR ---> F8 ---> sub

Would like to know how to integrate the mid bass and subs.

How close does the F8 mid bass module need to be to the satellite speaker? How does one go about matching the levels and phase between the mid bass module and sub? Both at the same mid-point to start. How about phase, would it be set to zero initially?

Is 200Hz the top end that the F8 can reliably go up to and is the bottom end around 50Hz?

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The big (usually 18" driver) DIY subs I've seen are nothing more than a driver or two in a big box with a pro power amp feeding it. Rather under-engineered, IMO.
Someone should make an Ikea version of a servo one. (hint)

Or, maybe 8x 15" drivers is a good compromise.
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as long as you have the limiter on, the sub should be safe. Most of the dead subs seems to be diy
"Should" as the operative word. So, are all the dead subs DIY, or just most?

It would be fun to push it, but I think Brian is getting tired of cleaning up my messes.

BTW, thanks for all the help, Brian! You are too generous with your time, but I appreciate it!
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I have mine at 14/low/2 port/rumble filter on and it just coasts through that scene at -10 like a boss. I'll have to try it on one port and see how it does, But that is a LOT of air being moved out of one 3.5" port.
Hmmmm. I've never tried 2 port but this might be a good reason to experiment. I think I had MV at -14 when I heard the chuffing in 1 port mode. Rcohen, maybe I shouldn't think of that as a limitation of the FV15HP, but more of just logic that pushing that much air out of a 3.5" port is gonna make noise. Idk. I just always read on here that no one ever hears port noise from their FV15HPs when they dig that deep so why did mine do it? But seriously, I've had this wonderful beast for almost a year with no complaints. It literally spoils your ears rotten bass-wise. You hear anyone else's subs and think to yourself "Ughh..sounds gross..". Other than this movie scene and a few insanely bassy moments playing Call of Duty AW, I've never heard a port chuff. But I'd like to never hear it again so I'll try 2 port and see how that goes.
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I have mine at 14/low/2 port/rumble filter on and it just coasts through that scene at -10 like a boss. I'll have to try it on one port and see how it does, But that is a LOT of air being moved out of one 3.5" port.
Hmmmm. I've never tried 2 port but this might be a good reason to experiment. I think I had MV at -14 when I heard the chuffing in 1 port mode. Rcohen, maybe I shouldn't think of that as a limitation of the FV15HP, but more of just logic that pushing that much air out of a 3.5" port is gonna make noise. Idk. I just always read on here that no one ever hears port noise from their FV15HPs when they dig that deep so why did mine do it? But seriously, I've had this wonderful beast for almost a year with no complaints. It literally spoils your ears rotten bass-wise. You hear anyone else's subs and think to yourself "Ughh..sounds gross..". Other than this movie scene and a few insanely bassy moments playing Call of Duty AW, I've never heard a port chuff. But I'd like to never hear it again so I'll try 2 port and see how that goes.
It did it because you played the loudest, lowest clip ever in a movie at reference.

It's great that Rythmik offers all the options. Definitely good to experiment. That said, my personal favorite by far was 14/hi/rumble off/1 port, but you do sacrifice some output for that. No free lunch.

For more output, you can try near field placement, other settings, or get a second one.
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My FV's chuffed slightly on that scene too for about a second or two at -15 on the last note. Like others have said that opening scene goes low and loud. I've yet to experience chuffing with any other movie, so far with duals and I've tried that scene with both ports open (no chuffing). Like others have stated everything has its limits when pushed hard enough even the mighty FV15HP.
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I did not like 2 ports open in my ~2600ft^3 sealed room when I tried as it really missed the low octave bass. 1 port/14hi is what I have been sticking with. I have tried/measured/listened to pretty much all of the setting combo possible.
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The big (usually 18" driver) DIY subs I've seen are nothing more than a driver or two in a big box with a pro power amp feeding it. Rather under-engineered, IMO.

Most of the DIY guys are running amps with DSP built in, or they are running a MiniDSP. Either way, they are utilizing HPFs and sometimes limiters depending on the setup. Besides, the 18" subs in properly sized enclosures have a lot more capability to handle scenes like the one in EOT.
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^^^ dude you have some nice speakers and subs. You gotta upgrade that receiver it appears to be the only weak link in your setup.

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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.

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I got rid of my first pair of Maggies, the original Tympani 1U's, because of the missing bottom octave and the slight veiling the 1U's suffered from (lack of transient "snap", as J. Gordon Holt called) and the rolled-off top octave (even though I already couldn't hear above 15kHz at the age of 24). Replaced the 1U's with a pair of Fulton J's, which had a pretty good low end and great highs from the incredible RTR electrostatic tweeters. But I really missed what the Maggies did well, and eventually got another pair of Tympani's. Magneplanar now provides a good high end (though I still prefer that of an electrostatic), and Rythmik/GR Research provide the low end, so things are better than ever!
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Hey guys - so my fv15 HP just arrived today. It looks like I have a ground loop him (when I plug it into my ace, hum appears). I never had a hum with any of my other subs - is it odd it would start now? (Ie, could it be an amp issue?)
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Hey guys - so my fv15 HP just arrived today. It looks like I have a ground loop him (when I plug it into my ace, hum appears). I never had a hum with any of my other subs - is it odd it would start now? (Ie, could it be an amp issue?)
I had a similar problem when I first hooked up my new F15HPs. Turned out to be a cable TV ground loop issue. If you have cable try disconnecting cable from wall jack and see if it stops. If so, you can get a Cable TV Ground Loop Isolator. Amazon has one for about $20. I connected my cable thru a monster power HDP 900G Powercenter and hum is gone.

If it isn't cable ground loop, google "subwoofer ground loop" and there is a lot of information about attacking the problem. Some are easier than others depending on source.

Good luck.
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Ordered mine today but I got an email that they are out of stock and won't be back in until the end of the month.

Well atleast its better than waiting until Mid March for my Ascend Sierra Towers and Horizon center with Raals to come in. Good things come to those who wait.
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Ordered mine today but I got an email that they are out of stock and won't be back in until the end of the month.

Well atleast its better than waiting until Mid March for my Ascend Sierra Towers and Horizon center with Raals to come in. Good things come to those who wait.
Sorry that sucks! It's definitely worth the wait if you can hold out until the end of the month.

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Ordered mine today but I got an email that they are out of stock and won't be back in until the end of the month.

Well atleast its better than waiting until Mid March for my Ascend Sierra Towers and Horizon center with Raals to come in. Good things come to those who wait.

Yeah, they (Rythmik) had originally said they would be restocked by mid February, but now they are saying that it will be at least the end of Feb. or the beginning of March. Add shipping time and all that, and it looks like Im going to possibly be waiting until the second week of March before I get my LV12R. I ordered through Ascend back at the beginning of January. Its sucks, but Im gonna keep waiting it out.

You gotta be stoked about the Sierra's though! Sounds awesome. I recently got their CMT 340's for my L, R, C, and added two 170's for my surrounds. Im absolutely loving them. So Im pacified for now, but I cant wait till I get the LV12R.
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