I enjoyed reading Alan Taffel's review in last month's The Absolute Sound. In his review of the Gotham subs he said: "I set out to achieve the best blend with my main speakers", and : The subs should not "intrude on midrange purity". In his article on sub setup he said: "Instead of trying to pressurize a room...focus on the natural integration of sub with both the room and the main speakers", and: Use "reference material and fine tune by ear".
I was wondering if a detailed account on how he actually achieved this blend could be helpful...what reference material, what songs and what exactly to listen for in the songs. I inferred that he places the subs close to the mains and then moves them in increments and listens to the difference. Could a diagram of the listening room with dimensions and speaker placement be insightful?
In a multichannel setup, does the process change? What crossover points do you use, what is the relative level between subs and mains.
When using a real time analyser, what do you look for?
I know that this is alot to ask; however, I feel that a detailed account of his setup process could be very helpful in the difficult area of 250 Hz and below.
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