Originally Posted by Brian323
I honestly cannot tell the difference between subs. I currently have a BIC H-100 sub and today and the day before I demoed the Rythmics and the Hsu's and they sound the same. It had a little more thump when I was demoing them, but thats because they had the volume pretty loud. I can turn up the volume on my BIC and they sound exactly the same.
QUestion, what does one look for when shopping for subs?
Here's how I look at it;
1. I want to hear the whole movie. Although you can hear most of the content with a 30hz sub, there are many movies and tv shows or series, documentaries etc.. that make use lower bass. Once you actually get to hear those frequencies happen, then you will realize that you had missed that response from the movie before, or you might even check outside to see if a loud diesel truck was driving by, but it was really just your sub. I live by an airport, and some large cargo jets take-off and land within about 1 mile from my house. The sound these things create can actually be reproduced by my system closely enough for me to think an airplane was flying low near my house when I returned from the bathroom and realized that it was a movie scene. This is unlikely from a $200-500 consumer sub.
2. Sound levels / dynamics. I don't need to get my chest rattled constantly, nor do I need to feel the floor ripple (yes, it feels like the entire floor wobbles) during a movie. Well, what I mean is I don't want to hear that ALL the time, but only when there is a scene or an effect that needs it. At that point the sub is ready for anything, but sits there until it is needed for a cleanly performed effect without being near its clipping / fart can zone. Its basically having some extra left over so that you know you never run out.
A cheaper subwoofer from my experience, will usually start to roll off around 35-45hz, which still gives you plenty of bass - but there is still a lot of missing bass information to fully reproduce many movie soundstages. Also, they tend to reach their limits quickly and sometimes will easily chuff and fart depending on certain soundtracks etc..