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RE: Those darn measurements !

You didn't list a speaker. You listed a measurement. Which looks like a sub (SMALL) satellite type.

The MBL is one system - you don't buy it in pieces like a Sub Satellite - I could buy a $5,000 Genesis subwoofer for my KEF LS-50 and get sparkling measured performance. The KEF LS-50 offers sparkling measured performance within its range. Adding two of the best subwoofers money can buy could match the bass performance of anything (in terms of measurements).

Wilso Watt Puppy is similar to the Gershman X1 Sub one or even the LS-3/5a and their subwoofer (AB1) (well bass anyway) module they put underneath the standmount. I'm not sure they count as sub satellites.

I mean if you look around how many floorstanding speakers on the market today have a tweeter and then a 6 inch or 8 inch woofer under them and then a bigger woofer or two under that. The B&W N801 may as well be called a sub satellite.

The only difference is that one is modular and the other is not. So basically all three way speakers are sub satellites by this rationale. One is physically attached to the sub cabinet and one is not. But the bass driver in the three way is essentially there to serve as a subwoofer (or deepish bass anyway).

But then are they actually serving as true subwoofers? Can you just buy the Puppy or the Gershman sub1 or the AB 1 for the LS-35a and hook it up to all speakers on the market? Do you just buy the MBL subwoofer portion of their flagship speaker and connect it to Infinity Beta RS?

The sub satellites I am referring to are the 99.99% of the sub satellites where someone buys a 2 way standmount and then buys a subwoofer of varying size and often not from the same manufacturer.

The KEF LS-50 is a mini-monitor or standmount loudspeaker. If I buy a subwoofer is it your contention that the LS-50 should be called a Satellite?

If so that's okay I will concede the point because it's not like it matters. If I buy a B&W N801 and then add a sub the B&W can be called a Satellite too if you like.



Edits: 06/24/17

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