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I tried nearfield with the caps at my old house. I thought they sounded too agressive that close. Like a blunt instrument, instead of smooth like they did at the front of the room. I admit I didn't have any subs up front to compliment them, but I didn't like the effect at all personally. I didn't try ported behind me with sealed up front in the new room - I wasn't terribly excited to try it - TBH, becuase I wasn't impressed with the effect nearfield at my old place.
But the thing I like about sealed subs nearfield is the lowest frequencies and that driver excursion feel directed towards your back back. Ported wouldn't have that, or would have it to a lesser degree since at 20hz and below it's either A) not dealing with much excursion because of the cabinet assistance, so the driver is barely moving or B) hitting an HPF and being scaled back.
I think I most like a single sub directly behind me too, like carp is doing, because with more than 2 - in my case three - if higher frequencies are directed to the driver you can hear it's behind you as you begin to turn it up louder than the mains for more tactile feel. I've not experimented with the 40hz LPF that popalock used on my nearfield. I've not done much experimenting of any sort with the nearfield except using the Symmetrix 551E to make a fairly flat EQ starting place, trying 1, 2 and 3 nearfield, and playing with the AVR crossover settings.
I do like the nearfield subs quite a bit more than the tactile trasducers (buttkicker mini lfe) that was I was using before. 1 nearfield sealed sub is best for nearfield experience (IMO), but only for the center seat. 2 nearfield subs give two seats the benefit, but pulls the sound to one side in my room and that annoyed me so much I knew it wasn't going to work nearly immediately, but kept it that way for longer than I should have, three is my happy place beacause your center seat and two other seats are both still pretty good - the bass sound pulls a bit towards the center of the room which isn't distracting or even obvious, for those three seats....
My fourth seat is a throwaway seat because it's very close to a wall, and with four chairs and one chari in the exact middle - the fourth chair is just a junk chair considering audio accoustics, so I'm not even trying for anything there. I may hookup the existing buttkicker in that chair so it at least has something fun, though I'd have to buy another iNuke DSP 1000 amp, and my motivation on that is pretty low if I'm honest. Three good seats works for most of my use cases. When I have friends over it's usually just one, or a couple of friends, and my wife won't watch a movie with us when my guy friends are over --- so that typically is just three of us.
So for now I've settled on 3 nearfield and 5 up front.
Last edited by Archaea; 01-02-2015 at 03:41 PM.