Home Speaker Asylum

General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

What kind of bass do you prefer?

The cleanest (flattest) response? The greatest bass impact (loudest, not likely flat)? The deepest extension?

I remember that John typically recommended long wall placement with the listening seat next to the opposite wall. But from reading interviews with him and a couple of personal discussions at CES I know he was a bass range enthusiast (he played acoustic string bass).

But in my experience placing either speakers or the listener's head close to a wall (a corner is worse) brings up the lower bass range. My preference is for accuracy, the flattest response possible. Yours may be different. The most musical and rewarding presentations I've heard from both Duntech and DAL speakers has been in large rooms where NEITHER the speakers or listening seat are close to a wall boundary.

As a point of interest, one of my audio buddies made recordings of the huge outdoor Spreckels Organ locally. When he played that at another friend's home who owned Princess speakers like mine but aided by a pair of 15" Velodyne subs he stated that was the closest playback to original presentation he had heard. Since your option to trade for the SC-IVa might work better overall in your smaller room, you could always add subwoofers for the low end weight to better replicated an organ. Oh yes, that Princess/Velodyne system was in a room about 26' x 20' x 8' and the Duntechs were about 12' apart. Good luck.

"The piano ain't got no wrong notes." Thelonious Monk

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