"Yes, really" they were clipping? Or "yes, really" Omegas/Amphytrions will have no problem w.120W/ch SETs?
Maggie is very different
Also, Ron - sub blending is very hard. Combining cone bass with ribbons that drop to very low frequencies i.e. well into sub territory needs some very careful x-over work.
I sold my ML Descent. The way the bass is emitted is essentially very different to the way the bass ribbons work and you can really hear it. High excursion, long throw cones versus high surface area low excursion ribbons. The two opposing technologies attempt to push air very differently.
I agree subwoofer integration can be challenging. I have not experimented enough to know this but I suspect that the small footprint design philosopy of big excursion drivers in a minimally sized box may exacerbate the issues you raise. My theory is that the big footprint subwoofer tower design may ameliorate some of the issues you raise by distributing the air movement burden over a large number of drivers in a vertical array, each driver of which has to do very little work.
Actually a small processor from MiniDSP allied to one of their 'plug-ins' makes subwoofer integration absolutely seamless, you can adjust the crossover on your computer ,listening tout unreal time, when you are happy you download the file to the processor and that is it, really straightforward and no mor thumps bass, the other half of the plug in, will also allow you to EQ any out of control frequencies.
Effective and inexpensive.
However it is produced,sound is still variations in air pressure, and at the frequencies you are discussing ,sub 80hz, it will also be oomnidirectional .I disagree.
The problem is the characteristic on high excursion, low surface area woofers, Keith.
If you can get you head away from a measurement mic and consider how the air is driven, low surface area drivers "punch" the air very hard with high excursion.
That produces a bass punch that permeates walls, car bodies etc and annoys the wife when she is sitting in a different room on a different floor in a non-vertically aligned part of the house!
Believe me it sounds entirely different to a planar magnetic bass panel i.e. approx. 3 12 inch low excursion cones mounted in an open baffle. The nearest broadest equivalent?
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