I've been a lurker on this forum for quite some time but finally decided I need some direct advice.
I currently own a pair of Gallo 3.5 speakers with a SA Amp. My listening space is 20 X 30 X 12. This area is in a basement finished with drywall on wood. The interesting thing is that only half the basement is finished. My listening space is literally a finished room within an unfinished basement. There is literally a one to three foot space all the way around the finished drywall which can be accessed through a set of doors. I can literally walk around the entire exterior of the listening room. The total footprint of the basement is about 2200 sq/ft.
As you can imagine, I am having some bass issues. I believe the drywall and space between the drywall and concrete/cinder black is literally killing all bass. Does this sound accurate? Frankly, the bass of the 3.5 is tight but not at lacking impact and tactile response that you might expect form a subwoofer (which is closer to what I hoped to gain with the addition of the SA amp).
The remainder of my equipment consists of a Windows 7/Jriver Music Server feeding a PS Audio PWD MKII and D-Sonic M2 1500M Amps via XLR with Spatial Audio Cables throughout and Blue Circle PLC conditioners.
I just purchased a Seaton Sound Submersive HP to assist in the bass department.
Now, the other question in my mind is, should I keep the Gallos, which have an amazing midrange and intoxicating soundstage. I love big soundstages. I love being surrounded by the sound, which is why I think I like the Gallos so much. That said, Magnepan is known for being a wall of sound with amazing soundstaging. On larger pieces, I think the Gallos can sound small. I'm thinking the Magnepan 1.7 with Seaton Sond Submersive HP could be a killer combo. What are your thoughts?
I have a few worries about the Maggies. Can they hand Progressive Metal like Tool (when paired with the sub)? How would they respond to a movie soundtrack like the Matrix? I like loud music, but I'm not a headbanger. I doubt I watch movies at reference levels, but I still like to turn it up. I'm just concerned as to how fast the ribbons start to give up as the volume and more importantly dynamics increase.
I want to get my ears on a pair of 1.7s, but there is nothing local right now.
Can anyone offer some good advice?