Like most people, I don’t own $80,000 Wilson speakers, and my room does not have a whopping six feet wall clearance for Magnepan speakers. I am trying to dial in my REL subwoofer to augment my modest system properly. Currently my sub disappears into room and the crossover is set fairly low. But my (Andrew Jones designed) speakers have a frequency range of 39 to 35,000 Hz and my REL subwoofer only goes down to 30 Hz. Am I wasting my time trying to get my system to reproduce the McGowan Note? For those unfamiliar with this challenging note…
“… Boz Scaggs and his album, Dig. One track in particular, Thanks To You , features an electronic keyboard. At exactly 26 seconds into the track the pianist, David Paich of Toto fame, hits a low note at the end of a riff–just before Boz starts to sing. Very few systems ever produce that note. Instead, we’re left with it going nowhere. The (Infinity) IRSV produces it just fine. Systems with good subs do as well. Once you hear the note, you’ll understand. Most other speakers, even those purported to go down to 20Hz, don’t reproduce it. And expensive ones too.” - Paul McGowan, CEO PS Audio
Thus far, like most, I cannot reproduce this note. I am able to reproduce those two very low notes at the 1:01 mark. REL makes subwoofers higher up the line that go down to 20Hz, but at significantly more cost and a much larger size. The T/7i allows me to add a second one later. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
PS Audio DirectStream DAC, PS Audio Network Bridge II, ELAC Adante Floorstanding Speakers [AF-61], REL T/7i Subwoofer, Emotiva XPA-5 GEN3 Amp, Roon ROCK Intel NUC Core i7 Music Server, HDPLEX 200W Linear Power Supply, Oppo UDP-203, ELAC Adante Center Channel Speaker [AC-61], Klipsch RP-402S Reference Premiere Surround Speakers, Marantz AV7705 AV Surround Pre-Amplifier/Processor, PS Audio Detect Power Center, PS Audio Power Port Classic (2).