It’s definitely the thwack that punches!
SudS, what’s the speaker efficiency and how large is the room? I’ve a reasonably large room and a pair of BHK250s for mid and treble in my active system (mid is approx 400 to 4000 with 60db xover) with reasonably efficient drivers - I have no problem and it is mighty loud.
I thought the obvious choice for testing deep bass was Flight of the Comic Hippo, about 2 minutes in you should start to worry …
My room is 800 sf (over 33x24) and my speakers are not particularly efficient (Infinity Epsilon’s).
My room’s about 30 * 20 * 8’ and I guess my drivers are about 92db/w sensitivity. 86db/w would require about four times the power (although the BHK 300s won’t be concerned about the 4 ohm impedence).
When I next put the system on I’ll try to establish the peak spl (and add it below).
UPDATE - I have just measured the SPL and it was much lower than I expected at only 84db (I’m sure I could have gone louder but at the risk of damaging something)
I don’t know if it’s the best for gut punch but I really like Tricycle! I’ve added that album to my library.
I’ve noticed over the years that punch can vary from song to song on different systems set up in different room. One of the hardest hitting sounds I ever got was listening to Queen in DTS surround on DVD, all speakers set to large. On the harder hits there was no way I could keep from blinking and flinching. Maybe that’s different than gut punch. I would consider it more like getting slapped in the face midbass. I cannot get the same effect in any 2 channel setup I’ve had so far, even with subwoofers.
@vee curious your take on this one.
Nice. I feel this one in my chest.
Stereophile Test CD 2: Acoustic Drum Solo
I just bought that CD, I’ll have to go check it out.