It's so great to see this thread still going. I was hoping I wouldn't have to post anytime so soon after my last question but alas, this developing hobby has proved quite the demanding mistress..
OK, so based on some good feedback from earlier (thanks to Bond 007
!), I picked up two Energy s10.3's and those beauties proved to be quite the joy combined with my Energy take classics. Clean and uniform bass with both music and movies. Unfortunately, we just moved into a house with a beast of a living room. I've taken the liberty of attaching my layout below:
Excuse the mess. We are still in the "living from the boxes" and setting up stage of the moving process.
As you can see, I'm dealing with a buttload of room here. So I have the sound-stage localized on the right side of the room where the TV is and the subs are located in such a way to have minimal cabling across the room (emphasis on "across". The wife was OK with the cables as long as they ran along the walls) Having attempted my best to work with this new arrangement, I'm trying to resist the upgrade itch (especially as current finances indicate wifey will not be having it) and see what I can do to maximize the bass response and general sound quality. The issue is that with past settings the bass has become more sound and less feel (probably to be expected considering the space we're dealing with). While the sound is still adequate, I've started to feel like I'd like to try for more. That "punch in your gut" bass if you will.
Are there suggestions to sort of reasonably push this dual sub arrangement to the limit? I mean I currently have the gain set at the 11 position but Audyssey is setting it at a channel level of -9db, which is definitely holding me back from setting it any higher considering the -12db maximum. Does it appear like I have finally hit the limit of this budget arrangement? (Crossing my fingers for a "No")
Concerning the placement, I know there remains the near field alternative, and as an option what do you think of placing the sub beside the central pillar (the one behind the couch)? I've read that mid-placements of the sub is supposed to be the death of bass (the pillar is in the center of the room) but I wanted some clarification. I am also considering placing the subs on both sides of the right couch rather than in front (shown above) to achieve a stronger bass effect.
In case I've finally hit the ceiling of budget functionality, is there a single sub-woofer alternative that would properly pressurize this space? I'm thinking one because I'm not sure swapping 2 subs for another 2 in the $1000 bracket would fly.
Of course as usual, I'd really appreciate any other suggestions in the critique of my arrangement (even the speakers) so as to expand the sound-stage as best as possible as I truly appreciate all the suggestions given in this forum. Right now I'm just considering my options and I know the setup is considerably small but I can at least start planning for better if necessary (even if it takes a while to implement).