Originally Posted by Pw3669
This is reassuring....... Anyway, I originally posted about my issue because I was a bit concerned that my new subs were running out of headroom at relatively moderate settings. I feel much better now thanks to all of the experienced members. It really helped to hear that even some with significantly more powerful set ups occasionally run out of headroom. Thank you all for input!
Actually all of these discussions about people getting their new big powerhouse subs and (at first) being underwhelmed is a common topic of discussion here (and other sub threads). I was thinking about this today and the more I thought about it the more it makes sense that this happens. This is a thread that has a huge range of experience on it. On one end of the spectrum we have new guys lurking trying to figure out what their first real sub should be and on the other end of the spectrum we have very experienced guys who have calibrated and dialed in their system dozens of times (learning something important every time they did).
I think the confusion may occur when the experienced guys talk about how incredible their set up sounds. From that some guys may make the mistake of assuming that its simple to have great bass, like the guy with a great setup just plugged in their subs and it rocked the house. The part that gets left out is the hours of moving subs around, playing with delays, experimenting with the RSC settings, running calibration software and then running dozens of REW sweeps and then doing all that over again and again until they are happy with the set up.
The truth is it may take hours of work to get any subwoofer setup properly dialed in. The reality is bass can be really hard unless you have a great room to work with. There are no short cuts and no two rooms are the same. So we all have to solve the problems unique to our rooms to get things dialed in right.
Finally the worst part of it all is this... At least half of the performance of any subwoofer is THE ROOM. You can buy the greatest subwoofers in the world and if you don't get them placed right and calibrated correctly they may be underwhelming. Buying the sub is the easy part, dialing it in correctly... that's where the work begins. But its all worth it in the end.
Luckily this is a great thread so we are all in this together.