I've been enjoying my sound system for a while now, on a daily basis.. man.. I love this thing. Anyway, I'm still rocking my first ever decent sub-woofer - a Klipsch SW-450 that I picked up for practically nothing during the model's close-out discount. To me the sub was incredible at first and is obviously more than what the average Joe will ever have in his home. However I also realize that there are much nicer subs out there - some with corresponding price tags. To my ears, my sub-woofer rates a 2 on a scale of 1-3, or also a 2 on a scale of 1-4. What I'm considering upgrading to is something in the $500 range, which IMO will be a 3 on a scale of 1-3, or a 3 on a scale of 1-4.
As I've enjoyed my system for some time now and have upgraded different pieces along the road, I'm now starting to think that maybe my sub-woofer is my weakest link. There are a few areas in the system that need addressing IMO: I would like to pick up a nice 4K/HDR AVR in the near future; I will finally be purchasing a 4K/UHD Blu-ray player around the end of this year in the form of the PlayStation 5; and then there is the sub. To be honest, it will probably come down to replacing either the sub or the AVR next. Obviously a 4K capable AVR will make my life a little easier, but isn't really necessary
. At the same time.. I live in an apartment still, which is probably the main reason I'm still "satisfied" with the sub. I honestly have to keep it turned down so low that, at least with music, my tower speakers are definitely "out-bumping" the sub-woofer. My thought though is that the sub is filling in the gaps down low where the towers can't go, even if it's turned down a good bit. I just don't want to turn it up because then the bass will be too much for neighbors (hell, probably already is lol). I do turn it up a little when watching a good movie during reasonable hours on the weekend.
All this said, I'm mostly curious about a more capable sub's ability to play lower frequencies with umph, and I wonder if that ability will be noticed and enjoyed, even if the volume on the sub is set to a very low level.
Do you guys think it would honestly be worth upgrading for me? Or should I just wait until I have a house because, right now, I probably won't really notice a difference? Will the fact that a more capable sub can play lower frequencies really be not only noticeable, but appreciable, during "reasonable" SPL-level listening?
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