Originally Posted by jd_alpha
I've optimized my system to the best of my abilities given the constraints - it's not a dedicated home theater room, but I've got decent gear in a reasonable set-up.
Just spending lots of money on gear doesn't mean a thing if it is poorly integrated into the room.
Are you saying that all subwoofers are better in the 40 - 80 hz range than all full range speakers, in all respects?
Many $100,000 plus full range speakers are doing just this. Take the Focal Grande Utopia
as an a example. A $180,000 speaker that is highly regarded by many. They employ 16" self powered subs crossed at 80hz to give them their 18hz coverage. That bottom cabinet is just a self powered 16" sub with the other driver cabinets stacked on top of it. It isn't that much different to someone who uses good subs with freestanding speakers that have been well integrated with a smooth even response and time aligned in their room.
The manufacturers of $100,000 plus speakers have realized the advantage of large self powered subs for handling the lowest frequencies, too, as well as home theatre buffs.
"... transported to the room that they were performing in" And I'm the one accused of being a golden-ear audiophile - LOL!
Hey - I get it. I'm in a home theater forum. Bass junkies are to be expected!
Fine, take a look at a poll on computeraudiophile whose members are more music orientated than HT orientated... http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f8-general-forum/how-low-can-you-go-14962/