Originally Posted by XStanleyX
I have a question for you if you don't mind Bill. When you are assigned to design a speaker does management come to you and say they want a speaker to meet certain specs and you have to do it for x amount of dollars? Do you get much freedom in the design? I would imagine there's much more to it than that.
In most cases these are the design goals of the manufacturer, in the order of importance:
2. Appearance and size
That should come as no surprise, as those are the same priorities most buyers have when shopping for a speaker.
Regarding the OPs previous question,
How do I educate myself in what I actually need as far the subwoofer goes?
I may have misunderstood. Is that in context with your original post? Or with respect to frequency response, output and room mode smoothing? If the latter, there's no simple answer, other than buy the highest quality sub you can afford, and get at least two. With a $900 budget, for instance, two $450 subs will be better than one $900 sub. But don't go too cheap either. IME the least expensive powered sub worth owning is in the $250 range at regular pricing, so with a $300 budget don't get two $150 subs, get one $300 sub now and add another when you can afford to, unless you find some on closeout at half price.