Originally Posted by Ricci
Seems like there are about 4 conversations here that have been had before.
I agree, but, IMO, these are conversations that haven't been had anywhere else on Earth before, so they bear repeating a few times.
I don't think I'm alone in sensing that there is a next step evolution about to occur (or, at the very least due to occur) regarding how low frequency recorded program source and the subwoofers used to reproduce it in a home environment are evaluated.
We've been through the phases of alignment worship and driver motor technology as well as the requirement and usefulness of various outboard hardware and amplifiers.
There are goods and bads in all of them. It's time there was a routine way to examine those goods and bads in-room to truly benefit the average enthusiast.
IOW, when you refer to subwoofer testing and test results, there is only a tiny minority whose eyes don't immediately glass over and half of them are misinterpreting those results.
People get a sub (or build a sub) and post their experience like this: "I threw in WOTW at reference level and this bad boy handled it without breaking a sweat!" They usually don't say: "I threw in Siegfried's shaped tone burst CD and..."
Instead of DIY vs commercial, ported vs sealed, TH vs FLH vs TL vs BP, etc., etc., it should be the room vs various alignments with various program source with a simple guide to the strengths and compromises of each approach so that the interested parties can decide where they want to start and where they want to aspire to be.
FWIW, that's what I've been getting out of this sort of thread, many times without realizing it, so, please... repeat away.