Originally Posted by stef2
Something inbetween is my preference. Not natural, but just a bit more bassy...I just bought a pair of Definitive Technology Mythos ST and hopefully, the bass they exhibit will satisfy me (just stereo, with no sub).
Originally Posted by shadyJ
It depends on the material. Strong bass on some, natural sound for others. Strong bass on electronic music and action movies, but flat response for natural presentations, piano solos, string quartets, etc. The best thing to do is get a setup with as flat of a response as you can, and then EQ strong bass into it when you want it.
Originally Posted by fatbottom
Rather have a well balanced speaker, and if I need bass use a subwoofer and bring it up a few dB
Originally Posted by mde8965
This too was my immediate reaction to your question. I want flat response from my speakers (particularly the front stage be that 2 ch or as part of a surround setup). I want even bass response from quality subwoofers evenly distributed in the listening space. Good decay times, etc. I prefer sealed subwoofers for this reason. That said, I always run my subs 3-5dB hot. I like to feel the bass but I also like the "fullness" a little extra dB on the low end adds to what I am listening to. Does not matter what kind of music or TV or movies...
Originally Posted by jdcrox
Natural for sure. Boomy bass sounds crappy to me.
Originally Posted by rcohen
I like extra bass with a flat response, but not boomy bass that just plays one note.
Too much is fatiguing, but too little is boring (less visceral).
Originally Posted by smbsocal
I prefer clean strong but controlled bass. It is annoying when it is out of control and over powering everything else.
Originally Posted by dsrussell
I agree with everything Transmaniacon stated. I want to hear what the artist envisioned. I have some pretty large planar-magnetic panel speakers that I've run for years without a sub and have enjoyed them immensely. I just didn't realize that some artists intended certain musical nuances that those panels could never reproduce. Once I added a quality sub, I understood what and why some artists added such deep bass and at unexpected times. A whole new world opened up. Several pieces of music I had been listening to for years was dramatically changed, some giving unexpected power, while other pieces an even more forlorn atmosphere. One piece even had me literally jumping from utter shock when those notes slammed into the walls so hard they shook. It's also a lot of fun when people are over and you watch them jump from shock, especially those who know this piece of music.
As long as a sub produces what my speakers cannot, and do so without undermining those speakers, I'm a happy camper. After playing with some different crossover points, I have now settled in and use a very low crossover point (40 Hz). I don't mind subtle enhancements, a more rounded or textured bass guitar for example or a little more bite from the drums, but I don't want to know a sub is hooked up at all, until it pulls something out of the hat, like a 32-foot pipe organ.
Originally Posted by RayGuy
Loud, flabby bass sucks. Clean, controlled, and properly equalized to the room bass is what it's all about. As was said earlier, just reproduce what the artist intended. Don't want anything extra.
Well, I pretty well quoted every post.
Bass is a personal preference as far as I am concern.
I'm an audiofile by hearth, but when in come to Bass!
I like it a db or 1.5 over.
It should sound clear and not take over the mids or hight, if that make sence to