Like so many others, I’ve come here for help deciding which sub I should buy. I’ve been reading this forum and others for months, preparing to upgrade the weakest link in my music/home theater system. My current subwoofer is the cheapest Bowers & Wilkins 10” 120 watt model of 20 years ago. The lower frequencies in music and movies are lost.
My system is used for music and home theater. It is a 3.1 affair, 2 main speakers flanking a 65” LCD screen with center-channel speaker underneath.
L and R speakers are B&W DM602. They are largish boxes for stand mount type, 9.5w x 11d x 19.5h. The mid-woofer drivers are described as 180mm/ 7” but I measured the cones at 5.3” not including the surrounds. My wife wants smaller speakers that are invisible and make no sound, so I need to keep the B&Ws as they are grandfathered-in. I just replaced the tweeters and they are worthy of pairing with a good sub.
My 3.1 setup is mostly used for television viewing but 2-channel stereo music listening is the thing I care most about. Read: clean musical base reproduction, not TR or gut-punch mid base. We take movies and television very seriously here but don’t watch the action-pictures or the superhero genre. My music is classic and modern rock, jazz, alt country, some classical.
My room: 13x19x8, 2,000 sqft, suspended floor, not concrete. My crude diagram shows how the room is open to the kitchen at the rear.
The sealed box subs seem to have a reputation for not frightening old women, relative to ported. My wife might adjust to a big box but she won’t stand for repeated cardiac arrest. This is why I’m leaning towards the F15HP.
These are my questions:
-Is one F 15HP worth trying in my room?
-Should I go with the default amp? If I end up wanting a second F 15hp later, is the XLR2 amp a better choice for pairing up ? I don’t run balanced interconnects but can I still connect two F 15HPs with an XLR cable?
-I listen to music in “Pure Direct” (2 channel) mode : mains + LFE. I think pure-direct turns Audyssey XT32 off. The sub is playing LFE but the LFE signal is not processed. Since I don’t use the receiver’s onboard processing for music, will I use line-level input to make use of adjustments on the sub’s amp?
-Do all three amps have the same capacity to play nice with my Denon in Pure Direct?