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Welcome to the club! Which speakers was it? Some large floorstanding or just bookshelfs?Last week I met briefly with the REL team who were doing demo’s at my dealers store, a very expensive speaker set-up was demo’d with and without a sub, and then a pair of subs, the difference was very noticeable.
I have to say I am a convert and will add one (or two) to my system in due course.
The store had some big ATC stand mount speakers on small stands plus some KEF reference speakers and 3 REL subs dotted around the room, the subs were connected one at a time so that you could hear the changes.Welcome to the club! Which speakers was it? Some large floorstanding or just bookshelfs?
Totally agree, adding my two Rel T5I’s with my LS50’s improved the system no end. Improvement at lower volume levels was one of the biggest advantages.Just wanted to add that in my opinion adding a sub ( or two) is NOT like a loudness button because you are adding low frequencies that your speakers are not capable of! It adds an extra octave at the bottom of music and that is why you enjoy it more. Also at low levels ALL equipment needs a lift in the bass because of our hearing…
Something is better than nothing however ideally the potential of a subwoofer/s should not wasted. As much if not all of the bottom two octaves should be unburdened of the mains and this LF burden passed on to a subwoofer/s to deal with. This will reduce distortion in the mains as the subwoofer/s will do a much better job in this range.adding low frequencies that your speakers are not capable of! It adds an extra octave at the bottom of music
It's not that the loudspeakers don't need a subwoofer it's more a case of a system as a whole benefiting from an effectively aligned, calibrated and dialled in subwoofer/s.room size, listening tastes and a whole lot more. Mine produce bass that's felt as much as heard even in a large room, so I'm out.
Absolutely! Point about setup is the most pertinent here. Hence why I may come across as anti sub, since most will not take enough care to setup properly.It's not that the loudspeakers don't need a subwoofer it's more a case of a system as a whole benefiting from an effectively aligned, calibrated and dialled in subwoofer/s.
Even systems which have large high sensitivity loudspeakers can benefit from a subwoofer/s.
A subwoofer is the most important component.
eg. Tannoy Arden Legacy loudspeakers with dual JL Audio E-112 subwoofers -
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