Originally Posted by ed3120
- When I watch TV (through a Tivo connected via an optical cable), I feel like I barely ever hear any bass.
- When I play a racing video game, I get a good amount of constant bass.
- When I watch a movie, I get good bass sometimes, but I need to crank the overall volume on the amp.
- When I listen to music, the bass is there, but it’s not tight and there is no punch in the chest.
What could I be doing wrong?
What could be wrong is your expectations. How many subs have you owned? Did you have another one that was satisfactory, and the Hsu isn't in comparison?
Some of these sub threads seem to me to be like a guy playing a solo tuba recording and complaining about the tweeter
My standing joke about sub people is - There are two kinds of sub guys, those who say "I can't hear my sub, what's wrong?" and guys who say "I can hear my sub, what's wrong?"
Your sub operates in a range where 90% of the time you shouldn't be aware of it because there isn't that much low bass in most things, and the rest of the time it's just "filling in" the missing bits that the main woofer is mostly covering.
And of course, you've got a concrete floor, so it's not flexing, and that flexing (that you'd get with a wood floor) is a lot of the physical impression you get from a sub.
Your Q7 setting is the "loosest" setting available - guys with Hsu subs that like "tight" bass go with Q3. I use Q5 as a compromise (actually one tick lower than 5.) That kick you want is mostly upper bass, so going both ports open gives you some more output/headroom there.
If you had a null issue, you wouldn't have bass in games, movies and music. Try a Q3 setting and test with music (which you say isn't tight enough.) As you lower Q, you also lower output at certain frequencies, so rerun Audyssey after setting it.
"Good bass sometimes" in movies is because sometimes movies have good bass and sometimes they don't
Turning system volume up just means you like it louder, or it was low enough to start that you're victim of the lower sensitivity to bass that is human hearing - experiment with Dynamic EQ if you haven't.
Most TV is bass free, so you shouldn't be hearing what isn't there.
So - your floor is reducing the physical impression of bass, your expectations aren't in line with reality (you shouldn't hear bass that isn't there, so all you're doing by turning up the sub is exaggerating frequencies that were in balance until you changed it) and your settings on the sub might not be the best for the kind of sound you like (try both open/EQ2/Q3 and rerun Audyssey.)