Originally Posted by sdl2282
Also, listening to a single genre of music is never a good way to test a subwoofer, especially if it's rock music where the bass is not overly dynamic, and never really goes below 30Hz.
Perhaps I'm different in that I normally won't watch a movie or listen to music simply for the heavy bass. It must be a movie or music that I enjoy. And testing out a subwoofer for movies and music are two distinctly different animals.
I (I doubt I'm alone) find that testing out a subwoofer for music is best with music I like and know by rote, be it rock, new wave, classical, jazz or whatever. It's the type of music I will critically listen to and the artists I like have a wide range of sound and dynamics and is engineered extremely well. It doesn't matter to me if the music never goes much below 30 or 35 Hz, although there are some pieces I own that go down as low as 16 Hz. I have found that a good subwoofer will give substance, texture and detail to the deeper parts of music (a bass guitar, drums, etc.), without adding anything unnatural, unwanted or overwhelm the rest of the music. And yes, there may be some music that shows only a minor difference between the subwoofer being on or off, but if it isn't recorded or intended, then I feel it shouldn't be present. On some music, I've heard sounds I've never heard before and never knew existed. That's is where the surprise (or shock) comes in, and I've been surprised and disappointed in the way different subwoofers reproduced the music I like. That is precisely the reason I have two different brands of subwoofers -- one for movies and one for music.