Originally Posted by Bob A (SD)
I'm a bit confused as I've thought that there were benefits to be had running two subs, even two different subs....one corner loaded and the other in a near field position, such as say using an Outlaw LFM-1EX 12" and a smaller Outlaw LFM-1c 10".
Certainly, there are advantages of running multiple subs. However, most of the studies looking at multiple subs looked at multiples of the *same* sub. I know of no studies that looked at using multiple subs with *different* output capabilities.
If you run 2 dissimilar subs across the same frequency bands, then the limitations of the lesser sub will limit the output of the combined
system. Maximizing the limitations of the lesser sub, (i.e., corner loading), will improve the output of the *system*, but you may still not be realizing the full capabilities, (SPL output and/or LF extension) of the "better" sub.
Using 2 dissimilar subs to cover *different* frequency bands can be beneficial. IOW, using the "better" sub to cover the deepest bass, while using the "lesser" sub to cover the mid-bass, can maximize the potential of both subs. However, this requires some kind of "crossover" between the two subs. It takes some sophisticated measurement and adjustment capability to optimize such a system.
If you have the equipment and the expertise to optimize a system comprised of 2 dissimilar subs, then you should certainly go for it. Otherwise, just setting both of them up to cover the entire frequency band,... you're just taking your chances.