I'm setting up our HT/Lounge room in our new house and I stumbled upon the new REL Habitat 1 subwoofers last week.
My wife and I love the look and think they'll integrate nicely into the décor (modern and neutral), especially being white. I'm thinking of getting 2 of them as the room is fairly large (my drawing is not 100% accurate in sizing as I can't measure it right now) and I think I need to compensate for the rather large opening and the 3metre ceilings. The wireless sender makes it a lot easier to get them at the back of the room as well.
I'd also like to get rid of the black sub at the front of the room hence why the habitats might work. There's nothing wrong with the sub per se but it's kinda ugly, insufficient for the space and getting the subs to the back of the room (and more discreet) would be a win all round as this is not a dedicated HT room.
I will be using the new Yamaha A3030 to run the lot so I can use that and the REL settings to blend them in nicely.
I have some questions (and a badly drawn diagram to help) that perhaps people can help with before I drop a lot of money;
1) I've read the manual and REL only talks about placing the subs at the front and sides. The drawing doesn't show it very well but there is insufficient space at the front for one at the front. At best it would be firing into the window near the old sub which I gather is not good and their I no space on the right (spacing between windows is 50cm) and the left is all glass.
2) Would they work at the back? The bookshelf is built in so it creates a nice corner and I have 70cm between the bookshelf and the window. The Habitats are 63cm wide so they fit!
The article at this link seems to say the back corners near the listener might be ok.
3) We have gyprock/plaster on timber frame so it would need to be torn apart to put in the required timber bracing. I wonder if anyone knows how much less effective they might be if they are floor mounted. REL seem to imply they use the wall to generate base, but given the sub only hangs off a bracket and you wouldn't want the wall resonating I assume it's simply relying on corner loading and reflection rather than actual vibration?
4) I could go for some traditional floor subs in the rear corners which might work out cheaper but won't look as good.
Thanks for any advice.
I will be talking to the local specialist where I saw these on their opinion and can share that as we get closer to install date.
ByronEdited by byronlobo - 7/30/13 at 8:54pm