General SUBwoofer Advice Thread

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by shotgunshane, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. pechelman

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    Thanks for the input again everyone. Spent way too much time looking over all the options. I was most tempted by the rythmik f12g or l12 but didn't want to have to worry about shelling out for return shipping if I found I didn't like it or a sub.

    The svs sb1000 was also appealing, big driver in a small cabinet, and free shipping both ways within the demo period.

    Ultimately it came down to finding a 3mo old rel t7i locally for almost the same as a t5i so I did that. Setup was painless even doing it alone.

    Everyone says that they wished they tried a sub sooner, but guess I'm not. How else would I have known exactly what I was missing. Forget the bass and low end, it's all about soundstage for me. Almost makes my setup seem shouty and super narrow without, which matches what most everyone else says. So far the rel is plenty punchy and able to keep up with single driver omegas based on a couple days off listening.

    I'll leave it there since I have nothing else to add. Wish I had a bigger listening area to consider a second sub but this will have to be it for now.
     
  2. wormcycle

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    I am exploring an inexpensive solution for a passive high pass filter, for balanced connections to Adam A7X. I found three options:
    https://www.amazon.com/Shure-A15HP-High-Pass-Filter/dp/B00075VQRO - $96 per pair, difficult to get in Canada
    Marchand: https://www.marchandelec.com/xm46-pllxo.html - passive stereo high pass filter, $495 for stereo, fixed frequency
    And Hlabs, one of their FMODS https://www.hlabs.com/products/crossovers/ $69 for a pair of balanced

    I have never used in-line filters, if you have any information on those units, or general comments on those type of filters, please respond.
     
  3. Riotvan

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    I considered those before i went with dsp. Don’t remember why i passed on it, i think it was something to do with a change in impedance that made it unfavorable and maybe the the slope of the roll off wasn’t ideal either. Either way interested in your findings.
     
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    miniSHD was my first choice, I ordered it, but since then I talked to a friendly sound engineer and his advice was: your living room is hopeless, go cheap. I owned a pair of Harrison Labs XLR attenuators and they were pretty "invisible" so I will probably start with them.
     
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  5. Riotvan

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    Well Dirac is pretty powerful. As for your room perhaps you should consider where the advice is coming from, a sound engineer is probably very critical of acoustics. Then again you probably are as well hehe. Anyways looking forward to your impressions :)
     
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    Hold your horses. Try out Dirac and then see whether you need anything else.
     
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    Thank you, what a great advice it was. I got miniDSP SHD unit, tried very basic crossover setup and even though I do not believe my measurements for the Dirac filters were entirely correct, the initial results are significant, stereo image and bass management are already at a different level.
    I posted something in the DAC Talk II but there seems to be very little interest here in the miniDSP SHD devices, or Dirac in general.
     
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    Glad you’re enjoying it! I guess there might be some audio nervosa at play, the whole bit perfect thing. But as long as you like it who cares...
     

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