I am just now learning about what makes a good sub good. But I have no idea how the dropoff at the lower frequencies correlates to real life sound. And I am just as interested in a good reproduction of mid-bass.
Ultimately, I am looking for tight, musical sub that will allow me to really pick apart the low frequency instruments and sounds in music and movies as well as good bottom end for LFE effects that you can feel. I do not want pure SPL at the expense of muddy bass, although a good flat loud output is of course desirable.
Seems like there is A LOT of info out there on just how good Hsu subs are with clarity in music and just plain sounding good. It's essentially the reason I have been focusing on them. I have not heard much about the Outlaw, but it seems to be a close runner up to the Hsu 3.4, and maybe very similar sounding (which is promising). But it is down firing and that may be the thing that pulls me toward it.
Nearly sold on the VTF3.4 to play it safe with the reviews, but just concerned over the placement of the speaker. If it is OK for the ports to be pretty close to a wall, I'll probably get it.
So I guess I'd like to know more about speaker placement in a sub relative to a wall.
Actually, I may just have answered my own question...if the Outlaw is down firing and there is a floor right there, it probably doesn't matter at all if the ports of the Hsu are near a wall.
I am curious about a down-firing sub into tile. Is that recommended, not recommended, or doesn't really matter? Do you get a better quality to the sound if the sub fires out into the air or into the corner of a room?