After much deliberation, I recently bought a PA-120 due to its price point and great reviews. However, I guess I hyped it up for myself so much that it was a pretty big let-down.
At first, I thought it could be a number of things, including:
Got a bunch of comments about the room being too big, so I went ahead and measured the thing instead of eyeballing (I apologize for that guys), revised numbers below: ~3062.5 ft, less than half of what I originally posted. My bad.
1. My limited room placement options
2. Fairly open space (~25x25x12ft) *EDITED: Actual is: 17.5x20x8.75 = ~3062.5ft^3*
3. Lack of MultiEQ (only have 2EQ)
4. Maybe it's just not that good of a sub after all...
Then, I got to thinking: Maybe these guys here just have their receivers turned up to monster levels?
I listen to my music and movies at "normal" levels--I can hear the dialogue clearly, and the "loud" part of the movies are.. well, "loud".. (loud enough that I wouldn't want to be listening at that volume late at night)
In the stores though, when they're demoing some HT system, they usually crank the thing because I guess many people are impressed by sheer volume. This, I feel is a bit on the "too loud" side.
So... the question is, all these posts about picture frames shaking, angry neighbors, termites being scared away, etc:
When you're scaring animals and small children with your subwoofer(s), do you have it turned up to unnatural listening levels? I mean, even in the movie theaters, while impressive, the bass is certainly not giving me a lung massage. How loud do you have your system turned up to get your money's worth?