Originally Posted by MUCHO
Hey - I checked out your HT in progress pics - how does the HO work out behind the sofas?
When I had my SVS sub sitting next to the Sofa it was too easy to localize where it was - so I moved it to the front - but now I feel it less.
I never tried it directly behind - not the easiest place to put mine - but how does it work for ya?
The first version was easier to locate, so I tried it up in the front corner. I didn't prefer that method because I lost much of the mid-bass 'impact' feeling that the nearfield placement gives you.
This new version blends with the mains much better, and often I don't notice it behind me. On music, when dialed in (still tweaking of course) I've found it to be able to hide istelf and blend into the mains extremely well. I think it blends about as well as my old UFW-10 did, but that's just a preliminary assessment.
It does vibrate the couch, but not to a distracting degree, or to a degree that I feel takes you out of the sound's immersion (if that makes sense). The only time I now notice it is once in awhile on the very powerful, deeper bass passages in movies, but those are too fun to care. And I haven't thought of it as intrusive.
That said, I *can* locate it as behind me if I think about it and listen. But, to be clear, I don't find it distracting and I find the placement to be very satisfactory.
Also - I'm about 60% back in the room, so I'm a little close to a room null area at the 1/2 length point (my feet sit in it actually). I think the sub does take a hit in the deeper bass because of this (and Peter Marcks says so), but I haven't graphed my freq response (yet). This, along with the goal of keeping mid-bass impact intact, is a good reason for me to try Hsu's MBM-12.
In conclusion, vis a vis, ergo, ad nauseum, it's a placement worth trying, imho.