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In Reply to: RE: Just realized the effect of bass on clarity posted by ph5y on April 13, 2017 at 13:28:25
A typical two-way high end stand mounted speaker has low distortion in the bass at playback levels up to 85-90 dB average. If that's enough for your listening habits, no problem. You can add a sub or two if you want the bottom octave. But if you want to bang heads at 100 dB average, bigger speakers are the way to go.
Something I read that surprised me is that while 90 db in the midrange sounds very loud, 90db from a low organ note does not sound that loud. So it may be that stand-mounts are being asked to reproduce more bass than they can handle even at 'reasonable' listening levels on orchestral works for example. Fundamentals below 40 hz are fairly common. What is the harmonic distortion of a good standmount at 38 hz at 90db? I don't think Stereophile measures this stuff, probably to protect their advertisers.
It's never too late to turn back the clock.
That's because the ear is less sensitive at low frequencies unless the level is very high. Off the top of my head our ears are flat at low frequencies around 100 dB. Look up Fletcher/Munson affect on Google.
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