Originally Posted by SteveCallas
Did commercial theaters beginning in the early 1900's have capability and content down to 25hz? How about broadcasts of movies over rabbit ears on color tvs in the late 1950s? Did VHS tapes throughout the 70s and 80s contain content down to 25hz?
The reason people were fine without it over history is because it didn't exist yet. That's like saying people over history were perfectly fine without smart phones, so we don't need them today. Or better yet, 94% of the country watches movies with sound reproduction through their tv speakers with no subwoofer at all, so why are we even pursuing this hobby?
The content is there and the ability to reproduce the content exists, and it's easier and cheaper to do it nowadays than it has ever been. It just comes down to budget and how into the hobby you are, simple as that - don't try to turn this into class warfare lol.
The OP said they are a future bassoholic, so the answer to the question is that most likely yes, you will probably want to pursue infrasonic capability if you experience it.
Today most people don't know about less than 30Hz and if they do they don't care AND they are happy. I do not know a single person in real life who likes it. People are fine without it today because it is irrelevant, just because some people who are elitists or like to shake their butts or think its cool to rattle stuff like it does not make it indispensable to the average joe. Even most music today is above 35-40Hz. People are free to pursue what they please, my suggestion was clearly for the OP to try it himself.
The amount of content that exits is also probably less than 0.01% of all A/V content out there, not only does it add very slightly to the overall presentation but again the content is very limited, again people are free to pursue shaking their butts or otherwise if it floats their boat.
It is not "class warfare" but its pretty evident that AVS is a bunch of people with fragile egos, endlessly arguing and competing. It's really no different than what most men do with cars or what have you. Some have chosen subs/audio and come to AVS, the current fad is low end output so people pursue it.
I love bass, do I care about below 20Hz? No, heck I HPF my system at 40Hz for music and TV, for movies I turn on the low bass but the levels are way down below 40Hz, the point is you don't have to love the below 20Hz stuff to qualify as a "bassoholic", if however that is the definition then I am proud to not be a bassoholic.
Most who ask questions like the OP are doing so because of a lack of exposure, the vocal minority who voice their own preferences often lean such posters down a wasteful path. It is prudent to exercise caution when speaking to people on forums such as this.
In any case, please feel free to believe what you wish, my views are my own, I only offered a reply to a post so that the OP does not waste time,effort and money on something he may or may not want and is largely irrelevant to the majority of the human population today while enjoying their content fully in the higher frequencies which are far more relevant to human perception. YMMV.