Originally Posted by RayGuy
Use the 2nd or 3rd layout, to allow use of the fireplace. Other than that, not much else to respond to. As with every subwoofer placement, it will be room-directed, so "planning" where it will go is a useless endeavor. The sub will tell you where it belongs.
You ask no specific questions, so you elicit few responses.
I suppose there was too much "stream of consciousness" vs direct questions for the subwoofer forum. This was basically: Here's my plan - shoot some holes in it or make suggestions. In my defense it was originally posted in Theory/Set up & chat. The goal was to get opinions/critiques/suggestions on my approach to iron out wrinkles I may not be seeing before upending the room.
Here are 3 more specific areas I'd like to focus on and the original layout and new layout in question.
1. Should this layout (in theory) produce a better audio experience than the current orientation?
2. I know it can't be ideal but based on anyone's experience is all the furniture on the left wall basically cutting the room in half up to about 3 1/2' from the floor an acoustic no no? I've never had a layout like that before. I've always kept my room/furniture pretty symmetrical so I question if/how this might affect sub choices, or if there is conventional wisdom that just says "DON"T DO IT". Also, if blocking one side like that is going to destroy stereo imaging for instance - I need a new plan. It's mostly used for movies but is also my primary music system.
3. Agreed sub/room relationships are unique and... best laid plans....I get it but I wouldn't go as far as to say planning is useless. I see this kind of question asked and answered pretty frequently. It was such a thread that prompted me to start the original in Theory/set up/chat etc.
Having 3 subs it's not as simple as a sub crawl so I was looking for thoughts regarding whether the 2 in the front and back corners were a wise place to start - thoughts on proximity to openings etc. Caddy corner from each other and opposing mid wall are well documented dual sub approaches in sealed rooms but this is not that and I have up to 3 to use in this room. I thought there might be some with experience in similar spaces, sub expertise or ideas to share.
FWIW all are ported and 20Hz tune (though all can be adjusted lower or run in sealed mode). The 2 cylinders are of equal power. The ported box is considerably more capable than those 2. Combined or co-located however the cylinders produce more output than the ported box.