I skimmed through most of the latter posts because it was mostly flaimbait one liners. Maybe two posters out of about 13 posts responded with tech-talks. Its cool. Its somehwat expected.
I actually went back to Hsu today to pick-up two HB1-Mk2's and while I was there, they had 2 huge subwoofers (literally half size of a refrigirator) on my left and to my right of the seating position for demo.
I asked the sales person to demo the speakers again. And while I was demoing the speakers, I first asked him to play left side sub only, then switch it to both sides after about a minute of playing. Again, I stand correct. NO matter HOW MUCH power one sub had, when the other on the other side (with lower sub volume/ he stuck in a foam on the woofer when playing both) filled the room so much more.
With 1 subwoofer playing, it was somewhat weird because when that 1 subwoofer was playing, it filled like it was already room filled, but when the 2nd woofer played, I definately noticed that when only 1 woofer was playing, it was only 3/4 of the room that was filled. The bass was lowered when both sides were playing, and to me, the bass was alot fuller and plainly just exsitent.
This is my argument.
1. Even when you goto a SUBWOOFER company "Hsu" and ask them to demo the subwoofer for them, they dont even play it that loud. They were playing it at normal volume. All the bassheads talking here about bass hitting your chest and blah blah, felt NON of that. And the sad thing is, the sales person at Hsu dosent recommend that either.
2. 2x good subwoofer is always better than 1x. Simply because 2 is better than 1. Simply because more equipment (when it comes to audio) is better than 1.
3.2x subwoofers will always fill the room more than 1 excellent subwoofer. A subwoofer basically puts out a PUNCH and a WAVE (bass crawling your body feeling when needed) and that is their only job. To spend $1000 to get a better chest pound or a sub woofer crawl, might as well ask your neighbor to punch you on your chest instead for playing it that loud to begin with (And they will gladly do it).
4. Speakers have woofers themselves and like I said, If you are gonna get a $1000 subwoofer, get 2 $500.00 subwoofer or get 2x $250 subwoofer (well reviwed ones so it dosent bottom out) and spend the rest front speakers instead. Again, good speakers puts out good bass as well.
5. Subwoofer job is just to cover the LOW END <--- Do you get it? "LOW" end. Its not supposed to be HIGH enough to hit you on your chest or stick out or rattle your walls.