Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: orange, ca, usa
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Seems to me it is easy to spend equal amounts seeking perfection in each band, 0 to 20hz, 20hz to 100hz, and 100hz to 20khz. That adds up to serious coin, and the lower you go the more space it takes, so the money is even greater given the cost per sqft of houses etc.
OTOH the hardest, certainly most controversial area of sensory entertainment is what doesn't matter, or doesn't matter much. One can argue that very little of recorded music has any intentional content below 20hz, and that much that does will be artificial special effects stuff, not mystical illumination of acoustic instruments. Live music sound reinforcement rarely goes below 30hz.
If you want lots below 20hz, and have the space the horn options win. If you don't have the space, what else does what the Contrabass does in such a small package?