The Wife - Hiding a sub in a cabinet :(

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  1. Oscarp

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    Ho ho,
    My SBS 12+ arrived at the weekend.
    Then the wife came home... got the usual "OMG that's huge". The sub that is!!! :rotfl:

    So she goes... "where are you going to put that then? How about under the shelves, behind the cabinet doors"....
    My first impression was nooooooooooooooo :rolleyes:

    So what impact would "hiding the sub behind a cabinet door" have on its performance?

    Thx
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    I bought an REL Stentor III and hid the wife instead. :rotfl:

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    Positioning of the sub can have a major affect on the sound.

    I had my sub flush along side my TV unit (solid wood) and thought the bass from it was fine until friday I was watching a film, lay down towards the end of the sofa opposite the sub and realised instantly my room had a dead spot in the centre.

    So promptly moved the sub away from the side of the TV unit and it livened up the whole sound stage making it appear impressively loud at a low volume.

    So my answer would be, yes it will have some effect but what that will be will depend a lot on the location you are putting it in in relation to solid walls.

    With mine flush up against the tv unit most of the bass was reverberating into the corner of the room and against the chimney. Now it sits angled across the corner under a table (to avoid the wife and kids putting things on it)

    Best thing is try it, if its no good try negotiating with her - may work :rolleyes:
     
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    crikey.. she thinks the SB12+ is big?
    the great thing about this sub is its size.. it is much easier positioned than its larger cousins.
    putting a sub in a cabinet is generally not a nice thing to do, but if needs must then there are things you can do. more than likely you will need to EQ it. there are billions of threads here about Room EQ Wizard (REW), BFDs and SMS-1s. You might also try, if possible, padding its sides with foam or something like that and probably its undersides as well to minimise cabinet colouration on the sound.
     
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    Sell the little SVS and buy a big SVS place where you want and leave it, the wife might complain but i'd like to see her try and move it. :rotfl:

    I dont think placing the sub in a cupboard would be a good idea atall, ofcourse i could be wrong and it could work out fine, eq would certainly help i think but saying that it could also help if you get to have it on show.

    Maybe get it setup and try to hide it as best as possible and watch a film together so she can experience it as it should be. You might find she enjoys it also, or atleast understands why you do, and might let you leave it. Its worth a shot atleast.
     
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    Here we go again: ;)

    Disguise the sub as a "girly" object. :rolleyes:

    Bit of pretty cloth as a throwover of her choice. :rolleyes:

    Perhaps a small lady's hanky or lacy doily in the case of an SB12? :devil:

    Bung a lamp, empty vase or non-fragile/non precious decorative object on top. :smashin:

    Piece of cake and SWMBO gets to claim the sub as her territory. :smashin:

    We don't recommend real plants because of possible water damage. :thumbsdow

    After a bit of intensive interior decoration encouragement "She" could move up to a wardrobe sized sub in a couple of months? :)
     
  7. Oscarp

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    Hi all,
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I got it in oak as well so wouldn't moan about "another large black box" sitting in the corner. :D

    She even suggested putting a vase and flowers on top..... where's the volume knob gone :devil:

    Anyway the front room is so full of dust from chasing out walls then she'd be happy about being able to sit in the room at the moment
    OscarP
    Nimby - I love your posts and sense of humour!!!!
     
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    For goodness sake, don't encourage him :eek:
     
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    Hi Oscarp,

    Nice to see you posting over here! I amin the same boat as you - i.e. wife = "OMG I don't want a big box in the corner of the room!" She has also asked - can it go in a cupboard, to which said "no". Then asked will it go down beside the side of the sofa and wall, again I said "no" (think this is correct as mnay be too bomy and will need room to breath??

    Anyway, I want it in an alcove next to the fireplace, in front of the listening position. Have agreed to a trip to Avsales at some point to demo all their subs with the xenon 26s. By the way, expecting them to arrive tomorrow - £93 import duty, tax, handling charge which brings total cost to £541 for 3x 26, 2 x 26 surrounds.

    Cheers, James

    PS. Let me know how the SVS sounds - did you audition it, or just buy it on the powerbuy forum?
     
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    I've SB12+ placed in a cabinet, See here. No performance issues.


     
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    My monolith is down the side of the chimney breast next to the kitchen door. the missus like's it and doesn't mind it being there however I thought it needed to come out a bit more. So each day I wait till she's gone to bed then I move it out an inch... I reckon in a fortnights time I'll have it where I want it and she won't even notice a thing....
     
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    Its a funny old thing - But way back when, my Ref 200 (SB-12 sized) was considered ugly and required hiding, but eventually my Monolith has just become accepted as a table, which things can be placed upon.

    The great unwashed think that is a table and wonder where all that noise comes from.:rolleyes:

    I wouldn't have believed it a couple of years ago, but the littluns need hiding, where as the bigguns hide themselves.:confused:

    It'll take some magic to make a cylinder disappear though. I figure you'll have to live on the Giants Causeway for that to happen.:D

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    Hi
    Stuff that!Put the sub where you want who's the man of the house.....you or her.My sub is nearly in the middle of the front room and if she trips over it and breaks it,she's paying for a new one.Cheers.
     
  14. Oscarp

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    Plan B is working...the wife is losing the will to live after having the front room look like a building site for 4 weeks - the war of attrition is being won... ....:devil:

    I have the sub on clear view in the corner and she hasn't moaned about it - (YET!) though I did scare my daughter at bed time whilst playing around with the amp & a sound meter... "Is that thunder mummy", "no just daddy playing with his toys" :oops:
     
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    I confess to doing something very similar.

    When wanting to upgrade from a pair of REL Stratas to the Velodynes, SWMBO said she didn't mind as long as they didn't stick out any further into the room. They were certainly going to, so I gradually crept the RELs out an inch or so a day until they were the requisite distance out. Then I could honestly say the new subs wouldn't stick out any more. Worked a treat!

    I felt rather guilty. But it soon passed...
     
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    Don't let her do it!!!!!!
    Positioning is key , as said.
    Find your best position for it and get your divorce papers ready.!!!!;)
     
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    Where did you get your cabinets? And how much?

    Ta, cookie
     
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    When i moved in with my wife she told me her dog was coming with her so i said thats ok my hi-fi is coming with me. Six year on my hi-fi still dominates the lounge. Lets hope the dog don't die any time soon.
     
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    How big was this dog? :)
     
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