Originally Posted by jjackkrash
If I am reading this right, you put your subs in a completely different, physically separated and closed room from your listening area? If so, I don't think I am going out on a limb mentioning that this is not optimal sub placement.
Yes, my sub is in a closet connected to the room. It sounds good, and it's completely out of sight. My house has an open floor plan, so the living room is approximately 20 feet x 40 feet with 14 foot ceilings. To keep everything clean looking, the sub is out of sight. Even if I wanted to put it in the living room, my options are limited. Even the soundbar, which is connected to my LG W7 is out of sight, but I don't use the audio from the sound bar anyway. It does look cool being stuck to the wall with magnets and no wires or soundbar in sight.
Regarding the "optimal" position of the subwoofer, optimal is subjective to the listener. Over the last 3 months, I've been having my house wired and setup with TVs, speakers, cameras, Control4 system, an audio/visual distribution system using a matrix that supports 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, along with many other things, and one of my goals was complete home automation, the best picture quality, and the best sound while keeping everything completely invisible. Anyone, in any room, can watch any video source they want, listen to any audio source they want, and no one would ever see a speaker, a component, a wire, or anything. Only a TV and a remote. With the living room as large as it is, I had no choice but to go with a standard 5.1 setup, which still sounds good. Upstairs, in the media room/kid's lounge, is a 7.1.4 setup. I can't comment on how it sounds yet because my PSA sub arrives tomorrow, and Triad hasn't finished making all of my speakers yet.
Before I bought this house 3 months ago, I kept my PB-13 Ultra in plain sight in the living room. I did the speaker crawl to determine the "most optimal" spot for it to produce the best sound possible, but now I want everything out of sight. To be honest, the sub doesn't sound much different than when it was in full sight in my living room since the bass travels through walls. I have to turn the volume up a little more keeping it in the closet that's connected to the living room, but it still produces excellent sound in movies and audio when played around the house. Having everything out of sight is the most optimal configuration for me.