Can we get back to the subwoofer question: Other than the brief time spent in the sound rooms in the audio stores, I have not listened to a system with a good subwoofer, but I tend to agree that it is an important piece in the audio setup. That said, I wonder what should I focus my research on, based on my listening requirements.
I will use it in the bedroom. It is approximately 14x12 feet, with hardwood floor over a chipboard subfloor (no cement), and I am mostly listening to music; on occasion, we will watch a movie, but if I must choose a sub for one purpose, it would be music. I don't plan to listen to it very loud, so great quality over low to moderate volume is more important than maximum power. Based on reviews and discussions, I thought that SVS SB-1000 would be the perfect sub for me, because it is small, and from what I gather, very musical. However, I am concerned with the front-firing driver not being protected enough by the cloth grill, so I am looking at down-firing subs, unless someone can recommend a compact quality front-firing sub with a metal grill. @cel4145: Thank you for pointing the dimensions of LFM-1 EX; I didn't realize how big it is. So I should perhaps consider the HSU STF-1 and VTF-1 as well, based on their smaller size.
As most review and discussions of subs are around their suitability in HT applications, my focus is mostly on music, so can anyone comment on whether the low frequencies are as important in music applications? Another question is about positioning: A salesman told me that a down-firing sub should be placed away from walls to allow the soundwaves to travel freely, but I also read comments that the it doesn't really matter. As it is, I can only place a sub close to a wall. Do you think a front-firing sub is a must with such positioning, or it really doesn't matter much?