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High end ($$) speaker vs subwoofers for the bass response

Just wanted to get your opinions on what you think is better - a pair of big full range, expensive main speakers or a smaller floor stander with a subwoofer or two for music?

 


 

Re: High end ($$) speaker vs subwoofers for the bass response

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Depending on your room, a pair of genuinely full-range speakers (ie. frequency response to below 30Hz at -3dB or better) can provide bass response to rival competent subwoofers, for musical content. Some speakers do this by integrating an active subwoofer.

The tricky part is that for most rooms, the best location(s) for bass response are not the same as the ideal locations for stereo speakers. So in the context of real-world rooms, I would go with two (or four) capable and well-placed subwoofers, some room treatments as necessary and room correction.

For movies with LFE content, at least one subwoofer is absolutely mandatory.

 
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