|View Poll Results: How Many Separate Subwoofers in Your Main HT?|
|More than 4||32||3.26%|
|Voters: 983. You may not vote on this poll|
In my poll about your main speaker configuration, the possible votes were all ".0" or ".1" systems. Many respondents were a bit confused by this, saying they have more than one subwoofer. So this week, I'd like to ask about the number of subwoofers in your system—specifically, subs that are separate from the main speakers. I generally recommend using separate subs, at least for movie soundtracks, because the best placement for bass drivers in a room is often not the same as the best placement for the drivers that reproduce the rest of the audio range. And the judicious placement of more than one sub can significantly smooth out the bass response of most rooms so that everyone can enjoy the same great bass no matter where they sit. On the other hand, many audiophiles prefer to have full-range main speakers, claiming that the sound is more integrated than it is with separate subs.
How many separate subwoofers do you have in your system? Or do you use full-range main speakers without a separate sub? (If this describes your system, select "0" in the poll.) What led you to your decision in this regard?
Next week, I'll ask about where you place your subs, and those with subs integrated into the main speakers will have their own vote selection.
If you haven't participated in our previous home-theater system polls, I encourage you to do so:
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Polk Audio RTi8's, CSi5, RTi6's, OWM3's
SVSound PC12 Plus, PC Ultra (12")
I used to have four but I needed some quick cash so I sold one and I am down to three. I have two Phase Technology Power 15s and one Phase Technology PC Sub.
Sharp LC-80LE844U | Marantz BD8002 | Marantz AV8003 | Marsh Sound Design A400s (FL/FR) | Marantz MM7055 (C/SL/SR) | Phase Tech PC 9.1 (FL/FR) | Phase Tech PC 3.1 (C/SL/SR) | 3 Phase Tech Octave Power-15 Subs | 1 REL R-528 Sub
So call it 1.5 for now.
My living room budget build: Samsung PN51E530 / Denon AVR1613 / DefTech PC1000 / DefTech PM60 / DefTech ProSub 60 / Dayton Sub1200
Just joined the two club. I'm cheap so I bought a Dayton Sub-1200 to replace the 8" Def Tech ProSub I have. I still need to hook up the 8" near field with a wireless kit... want to get that done this weekend. It's the best I can do on my budget. We all need to start somewhere, right?
So call it 1.5 for now.
Nobody is judging. I used to think my old 8" Pioneer sub was the end of all subwoofers.
Display - LG OLED
Receiver - Denon
Speakers - Klipsch
Subs - Rythmik
But if you read the Home Theater of the Month Thread in this Section you will see that I am an outlier on this one. I have 2 each 15" high excursion woofers in my Left, Center, Right speakers. I am mixing the LFE signal into the LCR audio inputs of each main speaker via a multiprocessor (Rane RPM88).
These speakers have a +/- 3db point of 18hz-24khz and give me all the bass I need for both HT and music. I am also doing PEQ and have deployed some filters and it is working as one cohesive system in my room. I also have Surround and Surround Back speakers that are independent of this process.:
Opinions are not facts.
The 'left' and 'right' side front-of-room subs are a Harman|Infinity TSS-SUB450 and a Jamo SUB 550 y-connected from a single SUB output on the AVR.
The three "LFE capable" Yamaha AST-S1 (aka YST-S1) Front Left|Center|Right (FL|FC|FR) speakers are set to LARGE with Bass from the L|R Main channels directed to both the L|R Main speakers and the Subs.
I also have a Dspeaker antimode 8033 to reign in some frequencies and this little box is about as close to a magical device as I have ever been, it corrects both my subs and lets them play much better than their <500$ price tags.
Granted they don't do much of anything under 23hz, so they can obviously be improved upon, but given my tiny space if I'm thinking for any lower extension than that I might just as well be looking into transducers (buttshakers).