Originally Posted by KidHorn
I don't think anyone is suggesting it's a good idea to match two subs with vastly different capabilities.
Which is exactly what I'll be doing.
The WAF is a strong force indeed and money don't grow on trees so a man's gotta do, what a man's gotta do and if that means pounding a square peg into a round hole using a bigger hammer, then that's what a man's gotta do.
In my case, currently I'm looking at a third subwoofer solution for the purpose of smoothing out a pair of nulls at a measured 37Hz and 74Hz. Living in my world, not somebody else's world, all the reasonable tricks have been effected so I'm looking to a third subwoofer as a room smoothing solution. The intent is to smooth a final null problem and extend the range of the existing pair into the lower, <22Hz octaves and the subwoofer under consideration is a SVS, PC12-Plus.
The point, the current sub under consideration has vastly different capabilities over the existing pair of 12" drivers but due to the nature of the PC12-Plus, it "WILL" integrate well with both the existing pair of subs into the room's acoustics and "WON'T" overpower the two subs it's going be asked to join. The reason why? Bbecause it's not expected for the PC12-Plus to have it's full potential called upon.
(The purpose of the above, in quotation CAPS is to state, I don't care what others have to say on my above.)
Rules to my above:
Must pass WAF.
THX reference levels are not a consideration as the wife can only handle -20 to -15 on the MVC so there's no point in pushing THX reference listening levels. Boo-hoo, on my part.
There will be no room treatments.
Placement of subs must meet "NORMAL" expectations of contemporary living room decor.
Cost is not a factor but size consideration and the ability to fit and blend in the decor is a paramount consideration. In our venue, different is better and a column over a box, is an aesthetic improvement.
Current consideration is being given to a separate, five channel, amplifier.
Based on my above, I think and would recommend mixing and matching "vastly different capabilities" so as to get what one wants, not what others want.
(And no I don't like it but a man's gotta do, what a man's gotta do, even if it means.......)
I have 9 subwoofers right now in 6 setups and I've learned that there are no hard and fast rules with subwoofer setups. Every sub in every room in every spot sounds different.
A big thumbs up to your above. Too many hard rules makes for a very inflexible environment as it's about the end, not the means.