Downfiring vs. Frontfiring subs. I looked at the discussions, but I'm not convinced..

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  1. Javier_Huerta

    Javier_Huerta Supporting Actor

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    Hi,
    I've been looking at the discussions about frontfiring vs. downfiring subwoofers, and the article at AdireAudio.com about sag of drivers measured as a percentage of Xmax and the possibility of mounting one that way.
    Even if my drivers look very cool [​IMG] I'd still like to mount them in a downfiring configuration, just so that curious hands or pets won't damage them. Still, from a logical point of view, I find the following situations.
    1) Gravity. I'd think a subwoofer would need to use a lot more energy in pulling a subwoofer's cone up than from side to side.
    2) Impact. I'd assume that the soundwave that emanates from a front-firing subwoofer "hits" you harder than a sonic wave that hits the floor first and then sends the vibrations on all directions.
    3) Accuracy. A front firing sub, IMHO, should be more accurate, since the soundwave travels to you directly. I'd think some kind of distortion is added if the sub fires downward first.
    Still, *all* of Adire's designs are downfiring... and all Sonotubes are downfiring... so something must be *right* about it.
    If I decide to mount my subs in a downfiring position (I checked their specs against Adire's recommendation, and they have around 3% sag vs. Xmax, so I'm ok), what should I do to be assured of accurate sound? Mount maybe a panel of MDF 4" underneath the driver? Would that be overkill? Should I only space the driver from the floor by 4"?
    Thanks for your help!
     
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  3. Rick_FL

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    I prefer downfiring subs
     
  4. RussKon

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    all theory aside...there are many companies that make great subs with front firing and down firing subs...

    just get the one that sounds the best to you....simple
     
  5. Pete Gia

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    I have a 10" acoustic suspension (sealed-box) sub. My goal was to simply add a little more low-end "kick" to my setup,but not necessarily shake the walls. I tried it first front firing,but it was much better down-firing. This is a tough question because every room is different,that is to say,my sub may sound better in your room front-firing. Good Luck, Pete
     
  6. Kevin C Brown

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    I agree with RussKon: a great quality sub can be made either way.

    Kind of like DD vs DTS (uh oh): there *may* be some intrinsic benefits to one codec over the other, but the bottom line is in how it is mixed.

    In other words, it is how the technology is *applied* that counts, and not as much the technology itself that matters.

    I believe that it is the same with front vs down-firing subs.

    SVS makes great subs. So does Velodyne.
     

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