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RE: best recording to show off Maggie lightning fast bass ?

Dipole speakers - planar or cone array - have a different bass interaction with the room as compared to boxes. And, to get the most out of a dipole bass system you need DSP.

Linkwitz states that, "the observed audible difference between monopole and dipole for bass below the room's Schroeder frequency is:

Less boom and droning of specific notes with a dipole,
A higher degree of articulation and resolution of complex musical bass lines,
A sense of air, spaciousness, and very natural reproduction of acoustic bass..." (from https://www.linkwitzlab.com/frontiers.htm )

Folks are used to box speakers so to them, that's how bass is supposed to sound. They can't help it.

"Fast bass" is a misnomer, an audio descriptive term whose literal meaning makes no actual sense. Different listeners connect the term with different sonic qualities, so in essence the term is meaningless. In general, though, I think most people are describing a playback system that has less low frequency group delay and to some degree quicker decay on bass transients, when they talk about "fast bass." Dipole and open-baffle bass systems can be optimized to provide both in ways that sealed, ported and horn-loaded systems really can't. An exception is well-designed transmission line loading, which can have very low bass frequency group delay although they do not offer the room interaction benefits that can be gotten from a properly set up dipole system.


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Edits: 11/13/21 11/13/21 11/13/21

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