Hi all. So after sorting out issues around phase with my sub…. I wanted to talk a bit about this journey. I have this panel purist mentality so I fight the idea of a sub …but…
I have Maggie 20.7 + Pass labs x260.8s + Cary slp98p. The room I have them in is 17x30. It’s a pretty dead room. The Maggie’s sound great on their own - but for whatever reason I started thinking about these cool Rel subs. Well - I had a Martin Logan Descent just laying around - and I had tried it before and it just seemed to muddy up the mids a bit. The Mags seemed to lose some of their magic. At the time I had a different amp and I had the speakers on the short wall. The x260.8s are simply liquid. I love them.
Fast forward to today - and I moved the speakers on the long wall / new amps (there is a double door opening to a bar room which is about 12x15 right behind the listening position which can be open or closed - I keep them open)… and I lugged out these 20’ subwoofer interconnects. I was using 5’ AQ king cobras on it before off the second set of outputs from the Cary. I placed the sub about a foot off the back wall and about 5’ from the corner to the left of my speaker.
I tried a louder level than needed -of course - initially but then moved the volume level down from 5 to 3… had phase set to 180 as my Cary pushes an out of phase signal and set the x-over to 40hz.
The results are spectacular quite frankly. I can’t find the sub… my speakers have disappeared now completely. And the contrasts that it seems to add for the mids and high end is fantastic. I find it interesting how a sub can seem to improve the other frequencies. I seem to be hearing more nuance. Everything that sounded great sounds greater now. I feel dirty and ashamed for adding the sub - but I can’t argue with the results.
The ML Descent has 3 active woofers in front and on about 30 degree angles along the sides. It is meant to play w stats and is a very musical sub. This is like a free upgrade. I like free.