As the thread title states, I am looking to build a subwoofer system, that incorporates high efficiency subwoofers with the primary focus on music reproduction. I initially wanted a subwoofer with low frequency extension for home theater use, but also suitable for music, but my recent experiences always wanted me wanting more for music(not more output, should say better sound). So I have come to the conclusion that I will enjoy a system with musical fidelity over a system that would have low frequency extension for home theater use. I do have a few dilemas that I need to adress however.
First off, a target design. I do not know how much low frequency response I really should be concerned about. I know I want a overall flat response, but where would a good -3dB for a music system, and what about -10dB. With a sealed system, I may get a high -3dB point, but since it has such a shallow roll off the -10dB would be much higher than with a vented system with a low -3dB and a high rate of roll off in the low end end.
This is where I cannot make up my mind. I could do the vented, have higher efficiency, shallow roll off in the low end and limited EQ abbilites in the low end, OR a sealed system with slightly lower efficiency, a shallow roll off and a better ability to EQ the low end and not run into mechanical issues. This is where I am reaching out to the online community, whom have more combined experience than I could ever hope for.
So here are the givens.
-I plan to do a set of subwoofers.
-They will be powered off a Crown XTi1002 with internal DSP
-I am using Tannoy i8 for my mains. Decently efficient with limited low end. May be suitable to use a higher crossover point.
-The room is not huge by any means, but I do not plan staying here forever.
-Size isn't a huge issue for me, but practical.
-I am open to any configurations. 8"-18" single or multiple woofer formats.
-I initially planned to spend around $500 for the raw drivers, but I could come up with the extra money if the design justified it.
This is my overall goal : A set of subwoofers that produces musical bass with enough extension for most music, with decent-good efficiency so when I want to crank it, I can really crank it!
The biggest determining factor in choosing a subwoofer is how well it meets my design goals when I figure out those design goals.
Thanks with all any any help. I will do my best to post responses in a timely manner to keep this thread rolling.