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So last night I gain matched my sub and fronts to 75 dB and calibrated what was a rather flat FR across the whole range, except for about 90 - 500 Hz running about 5 dB lower (not sure what's going on with that, will check into that today). But I was quite disappointed with the sound of the results. The bass, while it was present, was so minimal, boring, almost like the sub wasn't even on. Yes if you turn it off you'd notice a little hold from the missing bass, but man I felt something was missing.
I tried with the sub at +5 dB and it was better, but still not full enought. At +10 dB I felt like it was "present" and made a noticeable difference. My decay time is excellent (no ringing after about 300 ms across the whole range) so perhaps that is why I can run the sub so hot without it feeling overwhelming.
Anyway, I know we do things to taste around here, and what's wrong for one person is ideal for another. I get that. And that if I like the sub +10 dB then who cares just run it that way. But, I can't help but wonder why this is. It makes me curious to know if there's something about my sub or my room that makes me feel the need to run it at +10. Maybe I am technically making things worse and not listening to things how they are meant to be heard? I don't want to do that. That said, at +10 with music it certainly is not thumpy or overbearing at all. I've been in rooms where the bass is way too loud and muddy and don't like that at all. So I'm not a bass freak from that perspective. And I think I know what good even bass is supposed to sound like, and I have that at +10. But the question still bothers me - why do I feel this is necessary? I know some like to run their subs a little hot, maybe 5 dB. But 10 dB? I could go to +15 dB and feel the same way. And as my original graphs showed from a few days ago (from a calibration I've been running for years up until recently) I had been running with the sub like +20 without it feeling overwhelming...
One thing to keep in mind is that this is a open room (3 walls, 4th wall is not there and instead open into a much larger room). Not sure that matters tho since FR is FR.
Curious what you guys think.