Yep personal preference for sure I think. I even ran my VNFs higher than FFs there for a long time and loved it because I was chasing the most slam possible and it would deliver like this. Now I’m slowly heading the other way a little bit I think lol. Not that I don’t want a lot of slam delivered from the subs right behind me, it’s just I feel something is missing a little bit if the FF’s aren’t contributing enough as well. A fullness and weight I guess you could say and something else that’s hard to put in words. ATM, My FFs and VNFs are about the same SPL level now crossed at 90hz. Seems to be a real nice blend at the moment, I may eventually prefer VNFs at a lower level or LP’d lower as well like Beast.
, if your FR is pretty decent on your VNF sub(s) as well as your FF’s on their own, it’s pretty easy to check out how it sounds and feels with different level settings between the two
If you’ve got holes somewhere in the FR (especially if it’s an important one) on each FF or VNF by themselves though, it makes it a little tougher to do.
In a nutshell, this is the diff I’ve found with the VNFs ran hotter than the FFs (at least with my moderate sub system compared to some around here and in my room I’m in now, as well as the living room I was previously in):
1. Usually more slam/impact and TR with a thinner less weightier sound, allowing subs to be ran hotter before they become offensive to the ears sound wise (even with a very similar FR as the FFs). Nice if you’re looking for more feel but not wanting it to sound like more SPL’s.
2. Can sound like it missing a little something though if FFs are not contributing enough.
This is the diff I’ve found with the FFs ran hotter than the VNFs:
1. Pretty much the opposite of 1 above, but still good.
2. Kind of like 2 up above, can sound, but mainly feel like its missing something as well, at least if you are used to and like what VNFs bring to the party.
I’m used to and like having VNFs blast me and used to even use an MBM right behind me chest level to bring on the chest slam even more. But like I mentioned up above, maybe I’m mellowing out some and am starting to want and like a little more balanced sound and weight to go with what the VNFs bring, IDK lol. Even Stevens on the levels of FFs and VNFs is what I’m digging at the moment but may continue to change some. Cool things is, it’s pretty easy to change
Just my 2 cents from my experiences so far. I will say though, sooooooo glad i tried VNF, and could never go back to FF's alone
With some patience and messing with it, you can pretty much dial in what you want with both FF's and VNF's if your room isn't just terrible. Mine rooms haven't been the best for sure, but still doable.