Originally Posted by rob80b
Sounds good James, quite often once as sub is added there’s a tendency to over do the bass and reproduce more than is actually there, fine for HT but with music it’s a lot more cohesive just to add that last octave.
Still I prefer the 80Hz (actually 75Hz) with the 25s, especially if I like to turns things up, also with having the bass reinforced with a sub I use the bass port plugs, also did the same with my Contour 1.3MKIIs, a higher cross and the plugs keep things under control and out of trouble. I find this setup allows the speaker to reproduce a cleaner upper bass and midrange, the Dynaudio bass driver can handle it but why let it do all the work if it doesn’t have to, as one can imagine with a 2 way stand mount the bass driver produces most of the all important mid-range frequencies from 2000hz down and those frequencies will have to compete with the same cone vibrations reproducing the bass notes.
This is all personal preference of course with what works best with ones speakers and room and what sounds best to you.
I agree. I really don't understand people who dial in their subs 12dB too loud. Good bass is great. But like some drinks, you shouldn't have too much of it. Balance is everything. Not just in songwriting and production, but in music RE
It might be due to the particular sound character of my sub500, but I really prefer it to assist as little as possible. I agree with you that it's beneficial to take some load off of the mains in order to clean up the mid-range. But that works the other way around, too: a subwoofer was designed to handle really low frequencies. Having it work higher up in the frequency spectrum, takes it out of it's ideal working range. That range should extend to well above 60Hz, but still I get the idea that the bass end doesn't sound as good when I raise the crossover frequency to 60Hz or higher. This could be due to the 4th order nature of the cross-over in my Rotel AVR, or just a function of the particular sound quality of the sub500. Anyway, as you correctly stated, it's all a matter of personal preference. And at the moment I really like what I'm getting from my investment (:
On a side note, Rob: do you know of anything you can do yourself with regards to maintaining your special 25's? I am really neurotic about direct sunlight to the drivers, and the woofer surrounds in particular. The cabinet should be able to withstand temperature changes resulting from exposure to direct sunlight.
I've mentioned before that I have two different looking boxes (not a stereo pair), and one of them is quite badly damaged. I've found a furniture builder that says he can restore them to (almost) their original state, by putting on new veneer. But they will change colour again, with exposure to sunlight. How can I make sure they will last a lifetime, if they won't already?