Originally Posted by tvuong
My wife begins to hate when I watch movie at night. She said it sounds like thunder in our master bed downstairs on the opposite side of the house (at least 40ft away) I was only listening at my norm -15mv level with +8 bass hot. Aron is to blame
. I don’t think I can beq at night
- I feel your pain man, at least I used too!
When I had my system downstairs in the living room, unfortunately our master bedroom was right over the top of it on the 2nd floor. I couldn't listen over -30mv or so at night and sometimes couldn't even get away with that, depending on just how bass heavy the mix was. On something like TIH, Helboy II or Underworld Awakening , no way was was it gonna fly with the sub trims where I like them and probably a lot of the movies now with BEQ's that give TIH like results (there are a bunch of them now). But that said, on most normal bass content and Crowson MAs I could get away with it and was still pretty fun.
Now I'm upstairs over the garage on the opposite side of the house (probably 15-20 yards away from the master bedroom) and am amazed at what I can get away with. Bass is weird in the directions and the ways it can travel. I've only had one complaint so far after months (was last week I think), but she was sick and was not sleeping well at all, plus it's getting cold at night now with winter coming on so we didn't have the ceiling fan or anything on which helps block out some of the sound. It can still be heard but not too bad and she and 7 year old seem to always sleep right through it. All but this one time at least for my wife. I'm truly grateful for this because this is when I watch a lot of movies. Now at night, I can't just blast it or probably not even do -15mv with subs 8db hot like you said you were at (on most films with BEQ anyway), but my normal MV is -20mv with subs about 8-10db hot and all is good, even with BEQ. Although the night that she complained I was at -17.5mv and didn't realize it. I'm VERY grateful for -20mv at night and really don't know how in the heck it doesn't wake the girls, especially on stuff like JW:FK BEQ'd etc. Just at these levels it sounds pretty loud in room and feels like the bass is just hammering and shaking the hell of stuff, including me most of the time. Puts a smile on my face and it's still way fun at these levels with the VNFs and MAs/BKs. Not as fun as -12 to -10mv, but still pretty darn good movie and bass fun.
So what I'm getting at here (and you may not want to hear it lol), try lowering the MV's to around -20mv or so and get some Crowson MA's. I know you're on a suspended floor, as am I (and aron7awol is as well), and you might not think you need them, but they will help you tremendously in thinking your getting a lot more bass than you actually are. The TR feels just like subs and can trick you. In fact you can probably even turn your subs down a bit and fell like your getting way more with the combo of the two even at lower listening levels. Win Win for everyone at night!
So there is that and that might work just great on its own for your nighttime movie watching to not disrupt the wife as much and still be fun.
But to take it one step further, I know you got fv15hp's in each corner with b1200 MBM's stacked on top of them (or did anyway) and were quite happy.
But at night, you may consider getting another fv15hp and put it right behind your seat if your can fit it, in addition to your others for late night viewing. Brings a lot more impact and TR at lower levels with driver this close behind you (I know you know this though form the MBM thread and messing with this stuff).
If you have room for this, maybe have two different cals (the Audyssey MultiEQ Editors App makes this way easy if you have an AVR that supports it). One with your normal daytime setup with no Full range VNF behind you (unless you like it in the mix and what it does even at higher MV levels) and then one cal with the VNF in the mix with the other Farfield subs lower. Or even the VNF only by itself even though it probably wont be as full sounding as all of them together. Might even have less bass travel downstairs with it being more in the middle of the room instead of in a corner.
Then last but not least, maybe a fan or something that makes a bit of (soothing noise lol) if she's up for that at night to help drowned out some of the bass noise. This might be more difficult in the winter though if its a fan.
So anyway, might work for you! I known all of this sure works great for me at night and is still way fun even at moderate levels of -20mv and everyone is happy
yes my room is in a way better location for this now than when my setup was in the living room and that helps a lot. But you might be able to get away with -20mv as well and still have it feel just as powerful with the addition of MAs and or VNF.
That said though, I know VNF subs and MAs aren't for everyone, but they should be if you like bass and TR hahahaha!
Anyway, hope some of this can help with the nighttime movie watching. Or feel free to totally disregard all that I said, it wont hurt my feelings lol