I’ve recently moved into a home with a large open L shaped living room, approx 5000 cubic feet.
And so begins the journey for bass nirvana, I come to this journey equipped with a Yamaha RX-V3300 powering the Andrew Jones Pioneer tower setup with two SW-8 subs an old Sony SA-WM40 sub and most importantly my trusty Radio Shack SPL meter.
Now keep in mind along this journey my listening consist of 55% music 40% TV and 5% movies. All generally in the 70-80db range with a max of 90db.
I know the SW-8 subs aren’t all that highly regarded around here, but for this part of the journey they will be adequate and I’ve actually been quite happy with their performance. As I’m mainly looking for a smoother frequency response from 90 to 30hz, which they can cover. (the Sony goes down to around 25hz, but has a bit of a spike in the 50-60hz area)
So after reading more posts and articles (Geddes, JBL, etc.) than I would care to admit to, I came to the conclusion the only way to fill this large open area is with multiple large subwoofers. But I figured before I start blindly spending money on subwoofers I might as well use what I have to at least test for positioning. Here’s where it gets interesting, the only place I could get a smooth response is the front corner (also the corner of the L). Any other sub position had various nulls with or without other subs running. So I now have both SW-8 subs stacked in the front corner and am once again quite happy with their performance.
I guess my dilemna is that it seems like from everything I have read, I should be nothing but disappointed with my current arrangement. I believe I read somewhere in one of Geddes post that with bass in this region you are mainly listening to the room. Could I have just hit the sweet spot in this L shaped room?
Is it possible that a single RW-12D or similar could give me all the volume and extension I would need in a room of this size?