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DALE
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Mar 29, 2015
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150W seems a little underpowered. Is that typical of studio subs?
Mar 29, 2015
SeanReid
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Apr 1, 2015
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Dale,
150 watts is quite powerful for most studio arrangements. Your monitors in of themselves produce more than enough low end, the sub is there to accent and give a "big picture" effect. A sub woofer in a studio setup is different than the sub woofer in a home theater or stereo setup.
Monitors, inclusive of the sub woofer, in a studio application are for reference. Meaning they serve to relay to the engineer or artist an accurate and precise reproduction of what was recorded and how it "may" sound after mastering. Often before a final mastering is complete or after it is done, producers will listen to it on a low quality stereo or car audio. The reason being that it allows them to hear the product the same way the average end user will. That being said, a studio sub is not there for bass, bass and more bass, it serves a entirely different purpose.
Its true purpose is to accurately and fundamentally allow for proper low frequency reference and level adjustment. Furthermore, there is a big difference between front firing and down-firing subs. I prefer down-firing subs, like the Yamaha HS8, here is why...
When a sub fires directly out, your position in relationship to the sub directly effect how you perceive the sound it produces. However, with down-firing subs they are omni-directional, so your seating position makes no difference in relation to the sub's position. Therefore, down-firing subs can have less power, since they do not require the extra watts to disperse their sound more evenly.
In the end, it is a matter of opinion and personal preference, I hope this was helpful.
Apr 1, 2015
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