I have finally pinpointed the source of my itching dissatisfaction with my stereo performance, and it results from my sub placement. What I'd like help with is figuring out the best way to defeat the resonant sound that occurs as a result of my somewhat mandatory sub placement.
In the two pictures, you see one of my pride and joys - my home theater bookshelf. In the other picture, you see my REL meekly confined to its cabinet space. After having listened to my theater for two years, I was trying to optimize what felt like inaccurate bass. I moved the REL out of the cabinet and suddenly everything fell into place, there was a smooth bass response that I hadn't yet found. I usually have to 1) chase after bass lines while the vocals and other instruments present themselves fully, or have to deal with whomp and a certain flubb. I'm exaggerating, but seriously, things were off.
So I can't very well stick my REL in 3 feet in front of my front door; it has to remain confined in its cabinet. My conclusion is that, currently, the enclosure is breeding resonance of bass below 100 HZ (the crossover frequency). I suspect the enclosure boosts some frequencies and dampens others, all the while delaying the release of some sound waves that have been bounced around the cabinet a couple times, creating a "smeared" or "echo" response to the otherwise incredible REL tightness.
What I'm looking for are recommendations on how to enclose it so that it sounds like it's not confined. My first though is to simply add some kind of sound proofing. Would this make a difference, and if so, what density and thinckness of material is optimal for this enclosure and the REL's frequencies?
For those interested:
Carver Sunfire Cinema Grand 200w x5
2x Def Tech Mythos 8
Mythos 7 center channel
2x Mythos gem XL
Panasonic VT-garble 50" plasma
Looking forward to hearing from you all..