Originally Posted by Dave Carr
...Why would you buy speakers with 32Hz bass extension to cut them off at 80Hz?
I can think of some reasons Dave:
1. Maybe he likes it that way, i.e. those settings sound best to his ears.
2. Maybe he had the Mozarts before the JL Audio fathom f112 (I believe he did).
3. Maybe because the f112 has a 12" woofer, a 3-inch excursion, a 1,500-watt amp and goes down to 20Hz.
3. Maybe he read Carl Kennedy's blog re: xo settings (Carl is just as adamant as you are regarding large vs. small, but at the other end of the extreme).
If you remember a prior post I purchased Mozart Grands for surrounds. And I asked myself the same question. However, in my case, I already owned the fathom f112.
And I asked other people the same question re: why would I need to buy the Mozarts if I have the fathom? What do I need a tower speaker for (in the case of the surrounds and even with my Mozarts as mains). And no one could really give a reason in favor. There were multiple parties willing to give a reason opposed.
And in my case, the fathom was not going to be replaced--too good. So I went with my gut and blind faith that buying the Mozarts, even with the f112 in my system, was the right thing to do.
And I tried running the Viennas at both small and large. Did not notice a major difference between the two and currently run mine large. But I tell you Dave if I had noticed a major difference I would set the speakers at small and use whatever xo sounded best to my ears. (In some cases it even seemed like the higher xo was more noticeable).
Hope this helps Dave.