Originally Posted by Mr.Poindexter
As far as the bass being non-directional, I think it is mostly marketing driven.
Bass being non-directional is less about marketing and more about the physics of our heads, the ears positioned on either side of them, and the brain being unable to tell the difference in the phase of the sound wave when it reaches one ear versus the other ear when the wavelength becomes sufficiently long.
When a person loses hearing in one ear, they also lose the ability to localize sound. This is because the brain localizes sound by telling the time difference from when the sound reaches one ear versus the other ear. The brain tells this time difference because the sound wave will be at a different phase
when it reaches one ear than when it reaches the other ear.
Therefore, logic dictates that when a sound wave is sufficiently long, the brain will be unable to tell to localize it because the difference in the phase of the sound wave when it reaches one ear versus the other will be so negligible that it will appear to the brain that the sound arrived at both ears at the same time and, therefore, it will be the same as though it was heard with only one ear, unable to be localized.
Considering the dimensions of the human head and the relatively long periods of low frequency sound waves, it's quite reasonable to assume that when you get down low enough, you're probably going to reach the frequency where it becomes difficult or impossible to reliably localize a sound well before you get into infrasonics or even deep bass (meaning sub-80Hz). Studies conducted have, I believe, supported this.
As for the OP's idea and his seeming desire to feel
the booms in his games coming from one side or the other (my understanding of his desire anyway), I don't think even on that level that it will work out the way he thinks it will. But, it's his money and his time so if he wants to try it out, cool. Hell, it'll be kinda interesting if it does produce the effect he's looking for.