Ok, I'm not new to using subs and I'm not new to sound production, however I have limited cash and want to get the best I can for my money. Everyone has their own opinions that their sub is the best, I thought I'd put this to the crowd and see what response I'd get!
5 Piece Covers Function Band, playing soul to hard rock... quite a variation. In the past we when we'd played big function rooms we used a cheap and nasty sub with poor x-overs, result, a blown top.
Since then we bought an active system with 15" tops and likewise for monitors. We borrowed carlsbro subs from a friend as and when we played bigger venues. Subs are worth their weight in gold as the thickness in sound is priceless.
We are now looking to buy a set ourselves to prevent the begging phone calls.
Mackie SWA1501 and 18's
db Technologies 15Sub.
They're all invariable in the same price bracket, we just don't know which represents best sound for money!
Any assistance or others we should look at, bearing in mind we need to buy quick as we have a succession of Weddings to play, would be appreciated
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"Best sound' is subjective. Giving the hardware the best signal path is the limit of our advice.
If your unnamed CD player has a compatible digital output, use it. I'm sure its manual speaks to that.
With a single midrange and treble-leaning satellites I wonder just how good the system CAN sound, sound-stage-image-wise. Many sub/sat system get away with a solo sub because (in theory) bass is hard to localize but no theory asserts non-directionality for midrange.
When a reviewer has to compare them to something truly bad (TVspeakers) to make them look good, well, it's faint praise...
"If you're used to listening to tinny, bass-free two-channel audio from your telly's built-in speakers then the improvement the Sony brings will have you thinking your ears have been given a clean with a high-pressure jet hose. Which is a good thing."
To get a better bass output from the sub. The best place is in the corner next to a wall. Doing that is called corner loading. Like you put a firecracker on your hand you might just get burned,buy if you close your hand...you will have to goto ER. And it is not a boomy sub. Small 5 1/4" woofers.You wand good bass? Take it back and buy klipche. Great sound and bass for a decent price.Or go all out and buy the Bob's Sunfire sub. and tick off all your neighbors. that little thing really pounds. I own two. When I played twister, My celing in my new home cracked. I got picts. If you want something simple like the 321,try Kef instant home therei <<spelling. Has a 10" sub.Bought for my father. Sounds great. Just 2speakers DVD/CD/Radio unit and sub.Simple one wire hook-up. and speakers.
Hope you are able to use this info.
Yes you can modify RCA cables to make bare wire tails. If the unit has a sub o/p then you just connect up your sub bass unit to whatever the amp needs.
An RCA cable is 2 wire which is all you would normally need for sub bass speaker level signal. It may be a good idea to eventually upgrade the wire size if you want really good sub bass as lower frequencies draw more current and so require more copper.
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Your subwoofer is not capable of playing as loud as you want it to. That sound is the woofer reaching its limit. If you have any bass tone setting on your receiver set them to flat. If there are any other bass settings i.e contour, loudness boost etc turn them off.
You can also try putting the woofer into a corner. This will increase the output. Closer to you would also be louder. Otherwise you need a sub with more output. Don't let the power rating fool you when you get a new one.
Sounds like your original and this sub have bad amps. The amp for the sub is not the same as the amp for the other speakers. The old unit has a dead amp and this new one is on the way out. (Pulling too much current on high bass)