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I read this -- " Not so much for quantity and even with the extra boost available on the rear side of each speaker, I require a whopping extra +8dB on my source, plus the hardware toggle increase just to get that extra depth I crave. I am a bass head though, and these speakers do not satisfy at all in that area. " ... and stopped reading. F***ing idiot reviewer. Back to your Beats by Dre headphones.
If you are a basshead, then 5 inch cones are certainly not enuf for you.
Depends on your perspective and where you're EQing. These really don't reach below 40Hz. If you simply want the extension down to 20Hz, you will have to do some serious EQing. You did post the "extra depth" comment. I suspect that's what the reviewer is referring to.
I read this review often scratching my head.
1. I think the bass is impressive for 5" monitors. Sure I enjoy the extra oomph of a sub, but that is the same with just about any bookshelf around this size.
If you want gobs of bass or desire it to extend real low get a sub. I used a splitter from my NFB-11 to integrate it with my sub so I can get that BASS when I want it.
2. He keeps referring to these as the LSR305 (no biggie, basically what they are) and a price of $300. They where less than that ($280 i believe) even before the recent price drop. At $180 they are a FANTASTIC DEAL.
These speakers are going to be ballpark 36 dB down at 20 Hz. Vented speakers drop at 24 dB/octave below box resonance. Their max SPL at 20 Hz is going to be maybe 60 dB at massive distortion if you for some reason wanted to EQ for that, and 60 dB is below the audibility threshold at 20 Hz (minimum audibility is approx. 80 dB at 20 Hz; google "audibility curve").
What these speaker DO very effectively is manage to hit pretty much every note you would hear from a rock or jazz group. (Lowest note on a bass guitar, which is not used very often, open E, is around 42 Hz.) They do surprisingly well with symphonic orchestral as well, although they can't get the impact of a bass drum if you are playing them loud.