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Help settle an argument re bass frequencies!

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Unlight, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. Unlight

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    Hey there,

    I was wondering, whats a decent bass respose?

    A mate of mine thinks that a decent range is around 50-22, but some people seem to think that it has to be under 40 to be decent in the bass department.

    This is for standard, stereo speakers.

    Anyone help?
     
  2. jeff-o

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    I'd have to say that 20 Hz to 22,000 Hz is pretty good, but some subwoofers go down to 18 or even 15 Hz. Minimum 35 Hz, in any case. My Audio Technica headphones are flat to 5 Hz.

    Edit: oops, forgot I was in the speakers forum and not subwoofers. For speakers, it would depend on the size. For satellites, 50 to 22,000 is probably good, but for floor-standing speakers with nice big 6" drivers, a range down to 30 or 25 Hz could be expected...
     
  3. vizslaraner

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    PMC's "HiFi" loudspeakers range from 50Hz-25kHz for the DB1 to 17Hz-25kHz for the BB5; mind you the latter model isn't really your average home theatre speaker.

    The OB1's, which I use, are slotted in between at 22Hz-25kHz.
     
  4. eviljohn2

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    I don't think the overall extension is as important as the quality of the low frequency sound produced. A speaker might go deep, but if it starts rattling apart as it does so then it's not very helpful!
     
  5. vizslaraner

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    I wouldn't disagree with that, but quality and/or control wasn't the question being asked.
     
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    It was asked about speakers being decent in the bass department though. I'd consider a measurable SPL down to ~50Hz or lower to be a good frequency response for stereo speakers. Only the deepest instruments (eg. Organs, Cannons, Synthesized notes) will be found lacking. They'd also make a decent stab at HT, although obviously not comparing to expensive models or those with additional subwoofers. :)
     
  7. Unlight

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    Ok, so a pair of stereo speakers at 42-27 is decent enough for most styles of music then?
     
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    A pair of stereo speakers with a flattish response from 42Hz to 27,000Hz should be good enough for most people although those that wear their baseball caps back to front might find the range from 100Kz to 27,000Hz wasted if they listen at home the same as they do in their cars.
     
  9. eviljohn2

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    They'd be very suitable for every style of music, there's a lot more to it than the quoted frequency response though :smashin:

    ie. Whether the bass is fast/slow, distorted/clean and so on. As I mentioned, it's all very well speakers going low but if they only ever sound like an elephant farting or something breaking up on reentry that it'll be rubbish for every kind of music!
     
  10. Unlight

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    Thats great, thanks for your help ;)

    Not only has it helped settled an argument, its also made me like my new speakers more (havent opened them yet hehe)
     
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    Err . . . actually no it wasn't, but then I like being pedantic.
     
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    Human frequency of range for hearing is about 20Hz-20kHz (on average).
    A flat response down to 20Hz would therefore be a bonus :)
     
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    Yes, and it reduces when you get older :thumbsdow

    However, double basses only go down to about 30 or 40Hz. In fact my sub, which is crossed over at 80Hz only really switches itself on for movie effects.
     

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