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Front vs Down Firing

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by nheather, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. nheather

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    I have a modern house which has chipboard floor on rafters. The floor is covered in carpet.

    Therefore, I assume I would be better off with a front-firing sub. Is this correct?

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    The prevailing opinion is that there is no difference in performance. From what you describe you are possibly best placing the sub on a substantial (ie heavy) platform such as a slab of marble or paving slab...PJ
     
  3. nheather

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    Would you care to suggest this to my wife - I'd be too scared :)

    Cheers,

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    Yes, a paving slab. It provides a means of determining whether mass loading has an improvement on the sound quality at minimal expense. If it does, then you can look at more aesthetically pleasing alternatives.

    You could also try a slab on top of the sub.
     
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    It doesn't have to be a bare slab but can be covered in fabric or carpet etc to disguise it.
     
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    Okay, point taken about the slab but that isn't going to fly.

    So this adds another question to my original

    (i) Given my current circumstances would I be better off with a front firing sub or will it make no difference
    (ii) Given my current circumstances (there will be no slab but I can use spikes) am I just wasting my time

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Wives usually like the aesthetics of the down firer - no speaker cone glaring at you. It's also more kid proof.

    Hence I went for the FF. :devil:

    Also, you can get isolation spikes which may work well. It will probably work well just as it is TBH....PJ
     

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