I'm trying to decide whether to get a front firing or down firing XXLS-400 sub woofer. I emailed BK and the response was (I hope Tom doesn't mind me quoting) "If your wooden floors are on concrete the the downward firing and if they are on joists then the forward firing".
I have joists, floorboards, carpet. Room is about 13 to 15 ft long, 9 or 10 ft wide, ceiling about 8ft.
I was surprised because when I search the forums, the general consensus seems to be that it doesn't make any difference.
Part of the decision is based around placement and aesthetics (though sound is the ultimate decider). If I get a forward firing, it feels like I should put it facing people on the opposite side of the room. I have a computer desk in the corner it could go under too, so it perhaps doesn't matter what colour I get in that case, and one side will be black anyway with the speaker grill.
If on the other hand I get a down firing, I keep thinking about putting it next to the sofa where a small table currently is, in which case I'd likely get a light oak finish. The annoying thing about that is I'd have to wait about 2 weeks for it ;-) Whereas there's a few plain black ones available from BK right now and I've got a film night coming up on Saturday with some friends round.. but that's a bad excuse to rush I guess!
Truth be told though, I'd probably prefer a light oak one anyway, decisions decisions..
Any advice would be appreciated.