Originally Posted by commsysman
The best-sounding sub I have found for my application is the NHT B12D, which is only $800 in gloss piano black.
It is a sealed acoustic suspension design, and is very clean and accurate. There are certainly others that go lower, but I value its freedom from distortion and large power amplifier.
It would not be big enough for a VERY large room, but may be good for the room mentioned.
I am using it with Vandersteen Treo speakers ($6500), which have pretty good bass extension on their own, but can use a little help with the lowest organ fundamentals etc.
Two nice bass tests:
-The Dorian CD recording of Jean Guillou at the organ of St. Eustache in Paris (lowest organ notes and huge cathedral reverberation times).
-The 20-bit Vanguard CD recording of The River and The Plow That Broke the Plains by Stokowski (some of the loudest lowest bass drums I have ever heard; thunderous and yet clean)
Vanguard SVC 1 (Super Bit Mapping).
I like your post, commsysman !
Probably because, coincidentally and without knowing it, you reminded me some great moments I had many years ago when, when I was living in Paris, I had the opportunity to listen to Jean Guillou performing at the organ but this was at St. Sulpice. St. Sulpice is another Paris church with an extraordinary organ and a remarkable acoustic. In fact, it has not one but 2 organs, and some sequences of the Da Vinci Code movie were shot there.
Back to the main topic, thanks for suggesting these recordings. I will try to get them.
Now, besides the organ and drums, I believe that the double-bass goes low in frequency too (say, below 35Hz). Of course, jazz music makes an extensive use of the double-bass, but would you have any suggestion for specific recordings to test the bass produced in the sound from the double-bass ?