Originally Posted by djp2k7
I keep reading sub 30Hz in your posts. I think the pertinent question on this topic is will a tower speaker or a sub do a better job with bass from 40-100Hz?
I don't think that is the question. It, to me, it's about suitability to purpose. I said most people only need near 30hz, but that doesn't demand that. You are perfectly free to WANT Sub-30hz. But you can want it without really functionally needing it, and that's fine.
As to 40hz to 100hz, I would say perhaps, but only if you have FULL Bass Management.
Speakers do what they do best. That is, Subs do bass because that is what they are designed for. But there are different types of bass, and different types of Subs. Some Subs are Thunder Boxes
, they are great for bringing kick to movies, but can be a bit too peaky and droning for music. The demands of bass for Movies is not the same as the demand for bass for music. Movies are about impact, and Music ...should be... about smooth seamless integration of deeper bass with the existing Front Speakers. There are lots of variables to consider.
A decent sub like the PB2000 or VTF-3 are relatively flat well below 30Hz but also well above 100Hz. Bass guitar and piano go down to 40Hz. Also, will adding a sub relieve some strain off the amp and produce better sounding mids and highs?
Here are frequency response graphs of the SVS PB2000,
I highly suspect those graphs are excessively smoothed, though not doubt SVS makes good subs.
Back on the Subject of this particular thread - Yamaha AS801 Integrated Stereo Amp
- as I said before, the major complaint seems to be that it is NOT a AV Receiver. That's like buying a Mini-Cooper
and complaining that it won't haul Cargo Freight. Of course it won't, that's not what it is designed for, and the AS801 is NOT designed to be an AV Receiver, or even a substitute for an AV Receiver.
If you want an AV Receiver, then buy an AV Receiver. But is you want a good reasonably priced Stereo Amp with advanced DACs and 100w/ch, then the AS801 should certainly be on your list.