You're right... but it's important to note that it's "-12 dB FS", i.e. 12 dB below the analog-to-digital converter's full scale. So it's actually dependent upon the sweep and recording levels that you set before. You can perform the actual measurement sweeps at different volumes while still being "-12 dB FS" if the recording levels are adjusted each time.
Due to a series of events (cross country move and expecting our first child), there is a chance I may be moving into some smaller sealed units myself, such as the SB13's.
Congrats for the new addition to your family!
Congrat's on getting the duals up and running. I'm looking forward to how you end up integrating and eq'ing them in your system.
Whenever I have a few minutes I'm torn between playing content or fiddling with REW and try to solve that irritating EQ problem. In fact scratch that; the problem is not irritating as I now have good bass; it's a rather interesting problem as single subs in the same room did not behave that way at all.
I read you AVR thoughts with some interest. I find it interesting how divergent opinions/desires can be for future goods.
(Snip the rant)
Well while I'm not as far into Luddite territory as you are I know exactly what you mean. My GF gave me my first cell phone a few years ago -- and I'm glad it's a smart phone as I don't use the "phone" feature that much.
On one hand I like the idea of having multiple devices, each excelling at what they do. The problem that poses is one of control, and we're living in remote control hell these days -- it would be worth another rant but it's even further from subwoofers in terms of topics. Right now to play a home video stored on my home server I *have* to fire up at least 3 devices sequentially and adjust inputs on two of them... well you know the drill. If the control issue ever get solved (e.g. if all my HT devices connect to the LAN via ethernet-over-HDMI or WiFi for example, meaning that any device on the LAN can send commands to my HT setup), then having the AVR do everything will become much less pressing.
But in the mean time, if I want a minimum of devices on at a given time, since the AVR must be operating, it might as well be the one to do a maximum of stuff. My idea of having Android operating it in fact would be like an "internal source". And considering that an embedded computer such as those found in tablets now costs around 25 bucks, I think it's inevitable that most devices in our homes will come with ones. The Nest thermostat is an example; your future TV will be "smart", want it or not. Idem for your receiver. This is in part bad news because of what you pointed out but it will allow seamless interactions between the devices.
A good example is Youtube's PS3 app (also found on other devices) and mobile app, which can mirror each other; also Airplay. This is what we want: grab the first mobile device on hand (cell phone, laptop, tablet) and hit play, and have the receiver figure the rest out. But if we want the receiver to fit our lifestyle, it has to be flexible, with the rest of my HT setup. I want to be able to tell my HT setup not to bother turning the TV on and set the output mode to extended stereo if I just listen to net radio, but display an album's art and set the mode to pure stereo when I listen to an album. Think about it: you could say to your receiver to run the subs a tad hot if the music currently playing is Dubstep or D'n'B but revert it to normal for other styles; set a maximum level when kid shows are playing but not when it's an action flick on bluray, etc. All the pieces are there, only the links between them are missing.
I think I should actually enter the AVR business
OK, back to subs. When are you sending the GF and daughter to the spa? We're looking forward to your progress.
The GF is currently gone shopping but the toddler is (almost!) sleeping. I think it will be a while until my 2-yo is interested -- or even admitted -- to spas. Herein lies the problem with kids. Alas we don't have tons of people to babysit her, and when that happens, they usually babysit at home while *we* are gone. As she gets older though, it will become easier for other people to take her out on activities. I guess this will be around the time when we manage to make her a little sister or brother of course