1) 70% of the time I'm watching concert DVD's.
2) 25% of the time I'm listening to CD's.
3) 5% of the time I'm watching movies.
I probably listen to my sound system at least an hour a day on concerts and music.
Now, I probably would watch movies more often, but my center channel seems to distort from dialogue occasionally. It doesn't do this really when I listen with Audyssey, but when I use the DAC's in my Oppo it does. I will mention, that on the Oppo, I have the center turned down to about -7db, and the left and right -3db, with surrounds at 0db. And, I never hear distortion on my concert DVD's. It's always super clear, which confuses me. (I know that's a little off topic, but my point is, I may start watching movies more if I can get that figured out!
And well, I do like to push my system, sometimes. But that could be relative, I'm not sure what my Marantz and speakers are capable of. But my sub now, runs out of bass and gets flat during some live performances at high volume, but during movies, seems to have ample amounts of bass. In which case, I'm just looking for higher volume, more impactful, deep, accurate bass. Basically, because of limited experience, I don't know what I'm missing out on. I do know my sub seems to struggle with drum kicks, but does better with bass guitar. So I'm not sure what that's about.
I would like a sub that can impress me no matter the source, but I would like to be most impressed with concerts. (FYI, the concerts I listen to 90% of the time, are U2. Which to my experience, can be very demanding, fast paced, bass lines and drum kicks. I wanna feel it all without running out of gas at even reference volume on my Marantz.)
On my receiver, I have the LFE turned up 10db because my Oppo actually says in the manual that it turns it down 10db to avoid distortion. (so 0db I guess), and then my BIC PL-200 is at about 75- 80% out of it's max for bass volume when I'm at at 0db, and when I turn my receiver to 15db LFE (so I'm assuming, 5db overall) It's at about 60% of it's max for bass volume. Hope that makes sense!
But again, I say all that, in hopes that this helps you guys help me!