Originally Posted by Uber Archetype
I read alot of info here about room size/interaction etc., which seems to me anyway, maybe the biggest of all the factors I see bandied about trying to analyze low frequency sound reproduction. So here's a curve-ball for you big bass gurus: What sub might be a good candidate for a room without a room? I'm talking about a garage with (at certain listening times) open doors in front and back. It would basically sit right in the middle of a 3-car garage.
It's the only place I don't have sub now, and the weather is warming up fast...
That's a challenging question, although I actually think that the single biggest variable may always be the listening material involved, and the bass preferences of the individual. But, I will see if I can hit some of the issues that you might want to consider.
First, I assume that this will be for music listening only, based on your description of a garage which is open at both ends. If you are listening to a lot of bass-enhanced music then a larger ported subwoofer, which will provide more SPL, below 50Hz, might be helpful. You will get a little boundary gain, even in the middle of the garage, but I think that a ported sub would still be helpful for the lower frequencies. There won't be as much low-bass tactile response (TR) from music anyway, but the concrete pad will attenuate what there is. Ported may be somewhat helpful in that respect, too.
Depending on your listening levels, I think that something like a V1510 might work well for this application. And, of course you could go all the way up to a V3611, if you wanted to invest that much. My sense is that you are mostly going to want an adequate loudness level here, and the ability to provide some good bass support down to about 30Hz, and any of the standard vented models that PSA offers should fill the bill for that. However, I wouldn't expect the new low-port tune model to be of any real benefit, in this particular case. I hope this helps!
Edited to add that an S7201 would still be very solid down to 30Hz, and would provide very
high output. It seems expensive for a garage subwoofer, but if that's what you really want, then it would be a great choice. Ported versus sealed can be an important consideration in some cases, but I wouldn't be concerned about an S7201 being adequate for this application.