Originally Posted by sonic debauchery
What is most important to me is being able to blend well with my Goldenear
Triton II's. I do want to dig deep in movies as well. The triton's do well for mid bass, and some lower bass. I want to go deeper! I have a Paradigm PW2200 which is a capable sub, but my thinking is that 1 xv30 will take up the duty of 2 subs in my space, giving me the quasi quad set up I am looking for. That goal is to blend well with the GE's and have minimal nulls. and dig deep.
The XV30 will go directly behind the couch.
My room dimensions are: 11feet wide/27feet long/8feet high.
Listening 50/50 Music/Movies.
Is this goal attainable or Are there tradeoffs when talking about speakers.
There's always a trade off.....from your wallet to someone else's hand. One would be better served buying a XS30 for nearfield placement, measure the results and if necessary, add one or two, XS15's, placed in different room locations to smooth out the subwoofer's output to the room's acoustics.
In truth, in your room, the Paradigm, PW-2200 is not enough subwoofer to evenly keep up with the PSA, XS30 and will leave a noticeable difference when it's capabilities drop out of the equation. In short, your output will suffer, every time the PW-2200 lags the output capabilities of the PSA, XS30. The flub, in the form of the XS30, you're linking the likes of two, fifteen inch subwoofer drives in a sealed room, which are capable of 12Hz playback with that of a single twelve inch driver capable of about 20Hz playback with little output by comparison. It's sort of like a community college team playing the 49er's, despite the 49er's Sunday performance against Seattle. Of course the college team wants to believe they're up to the task, but in short, even though the 49er's totally embarrassed themselves Sunday (the list of reasons is too long to articulate) the college team would get killed. Same for your subwoofer.
(to all who watched yesterday's 49'er game, my apologies)
In my opinion, FWIW, music is not Home Theater and Home Theater is not music. Mostly, music is a continuous bass line where as Home Theater is sound effects; NASCAR vs Top Fuel drag racing. For the most part, NASCAR is arguably run at a continuous speed and the drag racing is balls to the wall, in less than five seconds, zero to plus three hundred MPH and pop the chute, or the ability of the engine to provide instantaneous headroom to drive the Home Theater sound special effects laden sound track. Two different auto sports with two different purposes. Music and Home Theater are the same, two different types of bass reproduction within the same driver based genre. In conflict with what others might have to say on the matter, my opinion, build for (music or Home Theater) and the other will follow.
When putting your subwoofer, sound reproduction system together, realize; "YOU MUST HAVE ROOM MEASURING CAPABILITY." If one doesn't take the time to download and install a freeware copy of REW, with measuring microphone and sound meter in hand, they're "NEVER" going get the best (tight, smooth, even) bass out of "ANY" subwoofer, sound reproduction system. Once set up, to the best REW measures, both styles of sound reproduction will be what you're wanting, tight, smooth, even bass that a listener will find engaging.
Does your AVR have Audyssey, MultEQ XT or XT32 as an EQ program? To get the best out of your nearfield placed subwoofer, you'll need an AVR provided EQ capability such as is the case of the forum standard, Audyssey and room measuring capability to aid with subwoofer placement.