Sorry about the delayed response, computer problems. And sorry about the signature thing.
I gave it a 10 before i got to know the sub, but i'd still give it a 10 cause it's one hell of a dowhacky. My room is 20x30, my TV is in the right corner of the room on an angle, and my subwoofer is in the left corner of the room.
Mark the most expensive system i heard was a Velodyne 1812, with those $50,000 Meridion speakers as fronts, and the step belows for rears and the best center Meridion makes. Then i heard B&W all the way up to there $10,000 a pair hooked up to..i think it was Lexicon..i cant remember, something really fancy looking, if it wasnt lexicon it started with a C. And of course i've heard Martin Logan systems hooked up to powerful amps and what not. All systems properly calibrated, in nice HT dedicated rooms.
I was describing how i was extremely upset with the Velodyne 1812 performance and described it to Craig Chase, and by my description he guessed the sub wasnt calibrated. But it was, i was just expecting something different, so that's sort of an interesting story. But that sub still had more variation then mine. I
I was watching LOTR: FOTR today doing alittle more study on my sub, and it feels like there's gap between the speakers and the subwoofer. When Sauron blows up at the beginning and that wave goes out, there's noise completely missing there at the beginning of the wave moving outward. It may just be me cause my fronts used to be on large and the bass was set on mains and the bass level was at +10 so i could get some bass you can hear out of the speaker subs. I really liked it, i liked how it turned unbass parts into bass parts. So i might just be to use to that noise, but either way i really liked it and wish the sub did it, but that's still beyond the real problem. If getting an equalizer will help i'll get one. There's this song called Nara by E.S. Pothumus (in The Clearing trailer) and thats the first time i heard variation in the bass. It was very nice and elegant. Completely different kinds of notes commin out of the thing, so thats when my hope was restored.
I dont know how im supposed to describe room acoustics...we have carpeted floors, the ceiling is 9-10ft tall, not really sure on that one. There's 3 key listening positions and only one is a hotspot, the hotspot is 14ft diagonally from the sub, another seat is 18ft away, and the one close by it is 7ft away from the sub. The side of the sub is as close to the wall as humanly possible and the side with the ports is about 4-5 inches away from the wall.
Wish i could do something about that damn plastic screen on the TV always raddling, it'll drive yah sometimes unless the highs and mids of the speaks flush it out. The subwoofer stands out pretty good cause i often dont watch movies past -20 reference if im gonna watch it from beginning to end, loud high and mid sounds makes me feel weird and i get headaches easily. I think it's cause of all those years i used to listen to music with headphones before i went to bed, but i cut that out!
David i just picked one that my parents agreed with and i didnt feel guilty asking for. My mom shutters when she looks at it in her presish beautiful room. Thats why i had to lose my rear center, it was out in the middle of no mans land ontop of a drawer and a pile of books in the back middle of the room.
I can handle bass that shakes everything to death but it still has to blend in with the movie or it'll drive me nuts. I dont like bassy sounds that come out of nowhere that raddle everything, they did that in hellboy alot, just random sound effects out of the breeze while they're just walking around alot. My subwoofer is calibrated alittle bit higher then suggested but that's to make up for me not turning the volume up to high cause i want big bass parts to have a big effect and alot of times it's not dynamic enough to please me (even though i am impressed at how dynamic the SPL of subwoofers can be
Ned, by measuring the frequency do you mean pop in the AVIA disk and run that frequency sweep test? Im not entirely positive how you want me to do that.
Wayne by "smooth out the response" do you mean getting a BFD and just leveling out all the frequencies/knobs at the samespot?