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Originally Posted by Vikram Iyengar
This is true of my Polk Signature speakers, and it is the whole reason I'm on AVS in the first place. At lower volumes, the sound lacks presence and the bass doesn't have punch, and midrange sucks. At higher levels, it's great but my family yells at me. This is why I considered the Playbar because my little Sonos One sounds great at lower volumes. Even my Bose system in car sounds amazing at lower levels.
The funny thing is my Polk s10 sound better than s15 at lower levels and s15 sound better than s50. But I can't play at 75 db all the time due to family.
I think trick to lower levels is smaller woofers?
You should have tried Emotiva speakers, then. The original B1s I used to own don't measure as well as many of the speakers favored on AVS but used with a good sub they had tons of satisfying detail even at low and moderate volumes, such that I didn't mind not turning them up much due to my wife having very sensitive ears and being super cautious about disturbing our neighbors in our old apartment that had very thin walls.
The current "plus" version Emotivas supposedly have upgraded crossovers so they should sound even better, and the prices are very reasonable...the T-Zero towers at $400/pair are basically the same as a good pair of bookshelves including the cost of speaker stands.
~ Are you a "geek hobbyist" obsessed with squeezing out that last 5-10% improvement? The economy will thank you...especially the Chinese one. Or are you more of a get-set-and-forget "casual user" who simply wants to increase your enjoyment of movies, TV and gaming? Relax, HT isn't rocket science, nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg---especially if you ignore the aforementioned vocal minority. And remember to smile...it's just a silly hobby, after all. :)