Originally Posted by kbarnes701
No, I wasn't even mentioning LFE. I was discussing bass. If the subwoofers are effectively inside the main speakers, then obviously they have to be positioned where the main speakers are, which is rarely the optimum place in the room wrt to modes. I don't understand your comment about multiple subwoofers - if the bass is handled by the 'full range' speakers, where do subwoofers come into it?
I am not discussing LFE but redirected bass. Proper subs can be properly positioned anywhere in the room where they can work optimally with the room. Also, almost no 'full range' speakers can handle bass down to 20Hz, at anything like movie reference level, whereas purpose designed subs are able to take that in their stride.
Nowadays there is really no good reason that I can see to use anything other than a satellite/sub system. Let the man speakers handle what they do well - down to about 80Hz is an easy ask, and let the subs do what they do well. Spend some time optimising the splice and it's a win-win all round.
This also relieves huge pressure from the amps and the mains too, giving an additional benefit.
My post was a response to mogorf not U..
Your general statement that subwoofers can be placed anywhere in the room is totally bogus..
Subwoofer placement is crucial thats why before
we do an install, firstly we do a complete sweep of the room to find out about its acoustic footprint. Many room nodes/resonances can be minmized
with simply smart positioning of the subwoofer...
But as I posted previously, we strongly recommend using (2) subwoofers as this significantly helps the situation..
In certain extreme cases, some EQ may be required....
However we do about 8-10 installs a month, and the majority of our customers prefer their systems with the EQ off. We have found using quality loudspeakers and intelligent positioning of these, that most of the acoustic issues are minimized and no EQ is required. The sonic performance of a well setup system can be incredible and eye-opening to many, I think too many users have simply accepted that compressed streams are the norm and sound good...
Just my $0.03...