I figured I'd start this thread after some debate arose in another topic. Should a subwoofer be used during 'critical' stereo listening? As this is an HT forum, we must assume we will be using our L/R HT speakers for listening. That said... Many receivers disable sub output when in 'Large R/L'stereo mode. Some receivers do offer a 'PLUS' mode that sends signals to both. Are most manufacturers trying to steer us away from listening to a sub in stereo mode with large main speakers? Conspiracy-mongers unite! For the sake of argument, let's define 'critical' listening as you and a well-recorded, detailed 2 channel CD (or 2-Ch SACD, DVD, etc). In my experience with a ported NHT 10" sub and full-range NHT towers, I preferred no sub on material such as Pink Floyd, Brand X, Steely Dan, Old Genesis, etc. On music such as Phish, Dave Matthews, Billy Joel etc I preferred having the sub on. Now I have integrated subs in my Boston power towers (sealed active+passive radiator) and I guess the point is moot. But, I do run my towers as Large with a separate line-level input to the sub section and put my reciever in PLUS mode. So anyhow, let the debate begin. What is your opinion to the BETTER way to listen to stereo music?