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Subs behind the couch?

I’m trying to clean up our basement (3 young kids running around) and was considering selling my two SVS 12” ported subs for two 12” sealed subs. My reason for doing so is because they would then fit in the space between the theater couch and wall (and I don’t have to worry about the kids climbing on them, running into them, etc.). My primary use is movies, tv, sports with a little music. I know sealed subs don’t play as low as ported, and I’m not sure if the subs wouldn’t sound as good being tucked away? Any thoughts/suggestions? Appreciate!
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I’m trying to clean up our basement (3 young kids running around) and was considering selling my two SVS 12” ported subs for two 12” sealed subs. My reason for doing so is because they would then fit in the space between the theater couch and wall (and I don’t have to worry about the kids climbing on them, running into them, etc.). My primary use is movies, tv, sports with a little music. I know sealed subs don’t play as low as ported, and I’m not sure if the subs wouldn’t sound as good being tucked away? Any thoughts/suggestions? Appreciate!
Dr. Hsu often recommends this setup which places you in the nearfield of the sub.
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There are definitely some great benefits to running subs nearfield. Some of them can include increased tactile feel, greater midbass, greater output over far field placement without needing to turn up your subs as high, etc. Try it and see which you prefer. If you can get your hands on a mic and the REW software you can measure and compare your subs to their previous locations in a very precise way.

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There are definitely some great benefits to running subs nearfield. Some of them can include increased tactile feel, greater midbass, greater output over far field placement without needing to turn up your subs as high, etc. Try it and see which you prefer. If you can get your hands on a mic and the REW software you can measure and compare your subs to their previous locations in a very precise way.
Thank you for the advice! Maybe I’ll start the 12” I have and try moving it behind the couch...it’ll be a tight fit and the port won’t be able to face the couch, so better to have it face toward the wall (about 4’ away still) or face the other direction where it’ll just be open space?

The reason I set it up in the front of the room in the corner is from everything I’ve read, however With how big this sub is I couldn’t put it in the center because I worry about the little ones smacking into it.

As always, I appreciate the advice 😉
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Running subs near field behind seating is a lot of fun. Just be careful with spl/volume since they will be much closer to your ears.
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Thank you for the advice! Maybe I’ll start the 12” I have and try moving it behind the couch...it’ll be a tight fit and the port won’t be able to face the couch, so better to have it face toward the wall (about 4’ away still) or face the other direction where it’ll just be open space?

The reason I set it up in the front of the room in the corner is from everything I’ve read, however With how big this sub is I couldn’t put it in the center because I worry about the little ones smacking into it.

As always, I appreciate the advice 😉
You’re quite welcome. There may not be a huge difference with which direction the ports face on your subs since the bass frequencies are generally omnidirectional. I’d recommend however you try both directions at a time to determine which port direction sounds better to your ears. One of the wonderful things about the REW software and getting a microphone to measure is again it enables you to fine tune your system very precisely. One sub, or more, in front and one in back is working excellently for many a bass enthusiasts on here.

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