Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
No sub and not sure I need one advice.
#407398 09/23/14 08:58 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 6
A
regular
OP Offline
regular
A
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 6
I'm not really a boom boom type of guy, don't like the feel of cars that just vibrate with those big subs so i'm not sure if a sub is a good fit for someone like me.

My Room is 20x21. I have VP180, 2 - MP80 all set to full range and 4 M2's for surround sound set at 80hz.

The base seems really nice and i'm wondering given my tastes would a sub make the sound any better?

Thanks,
Allan..

Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407401 09/23/14 10:27 PM
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 6,332
Likes: 2
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 6,332
Likes: 2
I once felt the same way as you. Don't worry, it doesn't last laugh

That said, you have some pretty serious bass capability there even without a sub so I imagine you're only really missing the LFE effects and those are a bit of an acquired taste.

That said, I went the other way -- started with M2ti's and added a sub before getting surrounds or a center -- so I don't have real-world experience to support that statement.

Last edited by bridgman; 09/23/14 10:29 PM.

M60ti, VP180, QS8, M2ti, EP500, PC-Plus 20-39
M5HP, M40ti, Sierra-1
LFR1100 active, ADA1500-4 and -8
Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407404 09/24/14 03:30 AM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,016
Likes: 1
B
connoisseur
Offline
connoisseur
B
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,016
Likes: 1
In my opinion subs are like icing on the cake, they add the last layer of realism.
That said I'm also quite happy with running full range for most content.
I am replacing all of my subs, one day. Still holding out for EP400's, lots and lots of them.

Last edited by brwsaw; 09/24/14 03:31 AM.



Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407409 09/24/14 11:54 AM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 6,955
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 6,955
Another thought for consideration is that a good sub, properly calibrated, does not give you the boom, boom effect you described. Except for maybe in cases where it is to be expected, like explosions in movies or music where it has been mixed in that way on purpose, to be over exaggerated.

While it can't be universally said, folks who consistently have the 'boom' effect are often running thier subs way hot. I'd say way 'too' hot but if that is what they enjoy, then great for them. Happiness is the key.


With great power comes Awesome irresponsibility.
Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407411 09/24/14 01:22 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,422
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,422
I agree with the others here, and while M80s are great, you still are missing the ultra low effects for movies. There are a number of sound mixers (as in the guys that do the mixing) that have been adding effects below 20Hz (some are below 10Hz - eek) that the M80s won't give you the impact that they are trying to get you to experience.

Heck, my wife, who doesn't like movies played too loud, like our properly calibrated subwoofer effects. I say that because way too many people crank up the sub way too loud. With that said, I have been using a big sub in a 14' x 24' room for a while, and then I added a second large sub. Not to make it louder, but to get even better (smoother and less boomy) bass response in the room. Both are only set to about 25% of their gain (sort of like volume, although you probably already knew that). Yes, I can crank it up until the fillings shake out of your teeth, but that is dumb.


Farewell - June 4, 2020
Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407413 09/24/14 01:56 PM
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,015
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,015
I love the EP500 set on 1/4 to 1/3 volume. Not very noticeable until it's needed for effects. Very nice and not boomy at all.

Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407414 09/24/14 03:57 PM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
T
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
T
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
I don't know what kind of material you are consuming (movies, type of music, etc.). Generally, I agree with the other folks that a sub will meaningfully enhance your movie watching (unless you're only watching RomComs and period pieces). Sound engineers like to throw some 20-30Hz content in there, and you're probably not getting too much of that.


bibere usque ad hilaritatem
Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
tomtuttle #407418 09/24/14 08:17 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 6
A
regular
OP Offline
regular
A
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 6
That's helpful, I don't want the boom boom to drown out most of the other sound for my movies. If it enhances the experience that's what i'm looking for.

I guess the difficult decision is that worth 1300 bucks for an EP500, hmmm.

Thanks everyone..

Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407423 09/25/14 01:39 AM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 10,649
shareholder in the making
Offline
shareholder in the making
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 10,649
Sure, Allan; as others have pointed out, you're in control of the volume at which a sub is playing. The idea really should be that you don't notice the sub as a separate sound source, rather it's as if the speakers were putting out more bass on their own.

For most music(pipe organ being one of the exceptions)more bass than the M80s are capable of isn't needed. Some LFE effects in movies do extend deeper however, and capable subs are a substantial improvement.


-----------------------------------

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.


Re: No sub and not sure I need one advice.
astewart #407618 10/10/14 06:13 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 613
aficionado
Offline
aficionado
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 613
Yeh and remember, these are mostly young adults or kids showing off the Boom Boom. So , if there like my daughter the trebles down and the bass is at 10, drives me flickin nuts.

But, they probably don't set the subs and are power on all the way, and with the fact that half thier music is all bass.

I not quite sure I like subs with music, need to try it out with a real good sub though. But for movies, it's one of those gotta haves, specially with Action, Suspense, science fiction moveis. Can't imagine watching Star Wars with out a sub.
May as well unhook the HT and listen through the TV Speaks. Can you all imagine we did that at one time.;)

well I always would take the speaker wires and run them to my reciever AUX and hook up four speakers, and think I was in surround heaven 40 years ago. well maybe 37 yrs ago, I think. Luckily I didn't fry the inputs


Anthem AVM30
Anthem MCA50
M22v4
VP160v4
EP350
EP500
Page 1 of 2 1 2

Moderated by  alan, Amie, Andrew, axiomadmin, Brent, Debbie, Ian, Jc 

Link Copied to Clipboard

Need Help Graphic

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics24,401
Posts432,379
Members15,421
Most Online2,082
Jan 22nd, 2020
Top Posters
Ken.C 18,044
pmbuko 16,437
SirQuack 13,690
CV 11,816
MarkSJohnson 11,451
Who's Online Now
1 members (Rock_Head), 246 guests, and 3 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newsletter Signup
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4