Originally Posted by Randall.White
WOW! Thanks you guys for all the advice. Looks like I'll be spending more time searching and really figuring out what I want.
So ^^^^ above says, (2) is better than (1) subwoofer and (4) is better than (2) and so on. . . . . I've got a couple questions. This maybe stupid but can you run 3 or 5 etc.. does it have to be in pairs? and would the Audessey be able to calibrate them or is there some other way I should go about getting everything tuned in.
I figure I can hide 2 subs under some side tables (one on each side) and then possibly another one behind the seating area. If I do go with 4 I could try and get one up front by the tv.
I was simply doubling as I state the obvious, two ones equals two and onward from two.
In the case of subwoofers, odd or even, there's no limit as to how many one can pack in a room. The idea is to use multiple subs to smooth out the null points in the room. Null points are going depend on how squared up your room is and how many angles the sound has to bounce off of, as parallel walls, floors and ceilings create standing waves which cancel each other out. By coincidence, our furniture placement, coupled to our cathedral ceiling, makes all the walls at angle to each other and the main listening position and then, due to the kitchen and entryway, all the waves run into the entryway and kitchen and do most of their bouncing around in there; room baffles.
The downside, when someone is banging around in the kitchen with sink water running while cleaning dishes or breaking up ice, the sound is channeled directly into the living room and disrupts the listener's listening pleasure. Sort of a quid pro quo thingy.
As to Audyssey and bass calibration, Audyssey can calibrate a single subwoofer. Not being a curious type, I figure Audyssey sums the bass notes up and EQ's accordingly. On the other hand, Audyssey, MultEQ XT32 can calibrate for dual subs, if the AVR has separate sub-outs as opposed to a more typical, as pointed out by others, internal Y-splitter.
Before buying four subs, remember, it's not only about the subs but how deep the subs can dig and how much energy, at the lower frequencies, the sub can generate. Four $300.00 subs will not equal one 15" sub when it comes to how deep the sub can dig. Based on your above enthusiasm, how would you characterize your subwoofer budget?
I'm going intentionally muddy the waters a bit in my following:
If I were to restate our subwoofer budget to include a third subwoofer (I'm a middle-of-the-road budget minded shopper), I'd go with two SVS, PB12-NSD's to start with. Later, we'd add a HSU, ULS-15 and call it a day. Now we have upped our subwoofer budget from a delivered price of $1,461.00 > $2,729.00. But I'd expect the bass sound to be phenomenal when compared to what we currently have. I'm even considering adding the Hsu, ULS-15 to our current set of subs and if this will work, we'll upgrade our current pair of subwoofers at a later time and date.
There are many ways to go as well as many ways to spend a boatload of cash on quality bass. One can even add tie a pair of Klipsch, 12D-RW subs directly to the mains and a third, 15" subwoofer, in another location in the room, later adding a fourth sub. So many subs and not enough money.
My above is intended to give you realistic budget ideas vs realistic subwoofer expectations. YMMV as you build your bass, base around your subwoofer choices. Subwoofers are funny animals where more is better but buying and feeding them gets expensive, fast.