Front-firing or down-firing sub?

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  1. Alan F

    Alan F Auditioning

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    My living room floor is the (carpeted) concrete slab the house is built on (nothing under the carpet but carpte pad). Will this affect the performance of a down-firing sub vs a front-firing one?

    Thanks in advance for any repies.

    Alan
     
  2. Paul Clarke

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    The carpet is your biggest enemy. If down firing, give it a hard surface to sit on.
     
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    I've seen several posts on this topic, and several people recommending you buy a ceramic tile from some place like Home Depot to put under a downward firing sub. I got a 14 inch tile for three bucks or so and it seemed to definitely improve the sound...
     
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    The concrete is cheap so why not try it.

    But I have had my sub in my parents basement (thick plush carpet on thick underlay that is on a concrete floor). I didn't really notice any sound quality or output capability changes between that and the concrete slab, on carpet that is on a wooden main floor, that I have it on now.

    I think the slab lessens the bass transfer to the basement, but moving the sub is such a pain in the ass that I haven't tested that assumption yet.

    With subs it really doesn't make any difference if the driver is down firing or front firing. Bass frequency wave lengths are just too long.
     

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