Originally Posted by rnrgagne
That's more common than you think, and it speaks to human hearing capabilities, and also how we become accustomed to our rooms.
Our ability to hear (or perceive) bass at the same level as the rest of the spectrum diminishes as the frequencies gets lower.
Also people get used to "boomy" bass and have a tendency to perceive accurate bass as being anemic.
Bass is one of those areas where the interpretation of "accuracy" makes a big difference. If "accuracy" means faithful to the recorded signal, that's one thing, but if it means you hear from a recording what you would have heard if you had been present at the event itself (when there was one), then (1) insensitivity of hearing at low frequencies is irrelevant to accuracy, and (2) people complain that there isn't enough bass because there actually is not enough bass.
(1) is obvious -- if you can't hear bass as well from a recording, then you wouldn't have been able to hear it as well at the event, either.
(2) is because a lot of bass present in real life does not get recorded, for some reason. People have to turn up the bass controls to compensate for the bass they know should be there but are not hearing. Take note of what you hear around you on a busy city street that has some truck traffic, then compare this to what you hear watching a movie with a street scene. No bass! Recently made movies are better than older movies for this, but there is still lots more bass in life than gets recorded.
"Boomy bass", to me, means mid bass, say in the 40-80Hz octave, or even higher. We hear it so much because, of course, it's easier to produce, but also because it's what gets recorded. I don't think people really like it.