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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

RE: Huh?

As is usually the case, it comes down to taste, sensitivity to quality, and music genre.

Just to be clear, are you referring to 40-45 Hz at -3 dB or -6 dB, or even -10 dB? And, the roll-off below some frequency can be either gentle or steep. So, not all apples are equal.

Some people are satisfied with "reasonably good" bass. Other people, who might describe themselves as audiophiles or critical listeners, often employ a so-called "subwoofer" because a stand-mounted 8" 2-way doesn't do a proper job of reproducing that bottom octave and a half.

Acoustic instruments bottom out in the low/mid 30-ish Hz range. Synthesized sounds can go much lower.

If a person listens to string or brass quintets, -3 dB at 45 Hz is plenty good. Even most jazz music bottoms out around there. The lowest note on a "string bass" (double bass) is a bit above 40Hz, and the lowest note on a standard piano is approx. 55 Hz. Harp goes lower, and the 10' Bosendorfer piano goes to C below the standard A.

In any case, from what I read here, there's a lot of 2-way stand-mounted owners who are using add-on woofers.


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