Subwoofer - to swap or not

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  1. Pecker

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    I have two A/V systems.

    My 'premier' system is my cinema room. The speakers are M&K K series, with a K-10 sub.

    My 'second' system is my living room. I have a set of Mordaunt Short speakers (2 floor standers for front L&R, a large centre, and 4 bi-/di-pole surrounds).

    To beef this up, by chance I have an old REL STORM sub.

    The M-S system is okay, but the bass is foundation-botheringly excellent.

    The M&K systam is crystal clear, but bass-lite.

    The obvious answer is to swap the subs. But will I have a convergence problem? The M&K sub was designed, after all, to go with the satellites.

    Another possibility is to feed all the M-S system's bass through the floor-standers, and move the REL upstairs to supplement (rather than replace) the K-10.

    Advice?

    Steve W
     
  2. Ian J

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    There are no tone matching problems between subs and their main speakers so it won't matter which sub you use as long as it goes as high as 80Hz - which all subs should do.

    Try the Storm with your M&K series and see if it does improve the bottom end. If so then you have a new dilemma :D
     
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    I'd add that the K-series are pretty small and are likely to need a sub capable of low distortion up into the 150-200Hz region to integrate effectively. My Audyssey EQ see's my Xenons as needing a 200Hz x-over. I know people knock the cheaper M&K subs, but they are designed to do it.

    To see what else may be a candidate, check the various online sub tests and look particularly for subs that deliver low harmonic distortion above 80Hz.

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    Right, I swapped the subs, and here's what I find.

    The REL STORM, now with the M&Ks, usually sounds great.

    In fact it's always great.

    It's just that it sometimes sounds too directional.

    Logic tells me that the REL is having to go too high. I previously used it with the M&S florrstanders, which go lower than my M&Ks. I could subsequently set my amps crossover lower, the sub only had to output lower frequencies, and it subsequently drew less attention to itself.

    Solutions?

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    Setting the crossover lower should cure the problem. I would sugegst trying it at 80Hz
     

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