Originally Posted by Scott Simonian
Ignorance is bliss.
I remember the good ol' days......running a 'badass' setup, (5.1 bro! no more ProLogic around here!) complete with 12" sub........not knowing what the hell a room mode was, or what 20Hz or even 30Hz even sounded like.......Reference Level? What the hell is that? Setup? RatShack meter and Receiver test tones, one seat only. EQ? You mean that exists? What for? My speakers are 'timbre matched'! EQ is for other, less thoroughly advertised speakers.....
I remember having to turn the sub down (even from the calibrated level), because it couldn't handle soundtracks without sounding stressed......When I later measured the whole setup, it turns out I probably never listened louder than 20dB below reference, and that was 'showing off' the system with Jesse Ventura's gatling gun on 'Predator'.....We probably usually listened at 25dB below....I remember having to rewind scenes if someone was talking in the room, but the bass 'kicked ass'.....
It wasn't until the plate amp for that 12" sub died after 7 years of good use that I even thought about building speakers....then I built a sub, and took the final step into insanity:
I made a measurement.
I will never be the same again. I love the setup I currently have (esp for the $$ spent), blows people away at 10dB below reference, and I can only extend to around 17-20Hz, depending on where you are sitting....and my mains/center and surrounds are super cheap arrays, and........well, each of us probably knows our own system's faults better than anyone else would ever care to.....
Sometimes it is good not to know.....but I am glad I do. Wish I could go back in time when I go to the just barely serviceable movie theaters in my town.....but they have 3D......big whoop.