Originally Posted by FoxyMulder
The placebo effect.
The most effective thing i ever did to get better sound from my subwoofer was buy an SMS-1....With that i could see an onscreen graph and know it was having a real effect....Before i was getting boomy bass at certain frequencies due to the room but after installing the SMS-1 i was getting great bass.
Anyways like you said it's just my opinion and don't let it bother you.
I was considering purchasing one after reading this thread but decided to try a DIY solution instead. Last night I folded up a yoga mat that wasn't getting any use and worked it under my sub (SVS PB12-ISD/2). I had never had any complaints about the bass but was starting to think it could be tighter. Also, in my room if I turned the gain up past 1/4 the bass would not get any louder, it would just get sloppier. With the yoga mat under the sub I cranked it up to 1/2 and let it rip. There was an obvious difference. Without the mat the bass was sloppy, you could feal it but it lacked punch and was not very tight. With the mat under the bass was much tighter and had more of that punch in the chest feel to it. I tried removing and replacing it and there was no doubt the improvement was not "all in my head".
Of course it's not for everyone. My living room is a wood floor over a 1-room basement (the same size as the living room), the basement is pretty much just a concrete box. I figure some of the bass was being transferred into the basement and coming back up off the concrete resulting in the sloppiness I was experiencing. Decoupling the sub from the floor sent less bass into the basement to return and muddy up things.
I'd really suggest you just try it, if you've got something "squishy" around the house that can support the weight of your sub without compressing completely just throw it under and see what happens. Now I just have to figure out how to hide the bright pink yoga mat shoved under my sub