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    Default OK, new sub question, front-fire vs down-fire.

    My previous thread asking for subwoofer help has finally rendered a decision.
    I just ordered the SVS PB1-ISD.

    Now I have a curiostiy question regarding front firing vs downfiring subs.

    Is there any appreachable audio difference between the two design approaches?

    When would one type be prefered over the other, or does it really make a difference?

    I presently have an entry level sub Sony SA-WM40(frontfire), and just ordered an upgrade SVS PB1-ISD(as you know downfire).

    Presently my frontfire sub sits on the left sidewall just forward of the left surround.
    Should I be concerned about having to find a new placement?
    Does the fact that my house is on a carpeted cement slab make a differece?

    Any thought are appreciated....

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    I think that you may want to move that Sony subwoofer outta the way when the SVS comes into the room....it will attack with extreme prejudice

    Nice purchase. Welcome to the forum.

    I think that it is simply room/aestetic application that would warrant one over the other. I don't know of the difference that would exist with either design, they both have high capability or terrible capability depending on who makes them. Sunfire is front fire, and they are solid performers.

    Placement wise, just get the sub and move it into the same location, listen and decide then. Your ears will be the best judges, or you could pick up a meter to at calibrate your SPL's....just get the sub first. :)

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    Actually, Sunfire is 'left side' firing, right side passive radiator. ;)

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    I heard a good way to position the sub is to put the sub where you are going to sit, turn it on and move around the room till you find a spot or spots where it sounds the best. then move the sub to those spots and make the final tuning touches with the knobs.

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    Good advice to follow if you don't mind crawling around on the floor. Some of us don't have the flexibility to setup a sub where it sounds best, but the method you described is time and test proven.
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    Russ - Oops, I only saw a couple pics of it with the driver facing canted to the left or right, figured it was front firing....same basic effect tho'? Do you think it makes a difference, in raw terms, I mean.

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    6 of one, half dozen of the other. I'd look at freq response spl curves, and thd through said curve. Personally, I don't care which way it fires, the truth is in the listening (and readings).

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    i would think down firing would give you more thump.. but maybe not. mine is psw 350 front firing.. it sits about two inches from the couch in the back of the room where I sit. it shakes the couch.. so you can feel the bass.
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    Hello. Being no pro myself I will throw out there what I have heard about front firing and down firing subs and someone with the expertise can qualify the statement.

    Both have there place and yes it all come down to the individual. However an audiophile looking who is more into audio than theater would get the front firing sub because they tend to be what you call a musical sub. On the other hand for the person who is looking for more of a theater experience and feels he gets more of the musical aspect out of his mains then he probably would go with the down firing sub.

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    Bass is omnidirectional and cannot be easily absorbed by carpeting, furniture, etc. There is no audible difference between downward firing, side firing, front firing, or upward firing.

    There are physics benefits (or downsides), though. The HSU upward firing top mounted cylinder subs are rather top heavy and tip over quite easily, I'm told.

    Downward firing can pit the reactionary forces of the woof against gravity and this can help the sub from inch worming on smooth surfaces at high volumes.

    I have Armstrong laminate and that **** is SMOOTH. I used custom squishy polyurethane rubber feet on my PB2+ pasted right over the six stockers to make absolutely sure it wasn't going to wander into the HDTV.

    Sonic, if you have a very smooth/slick floor, you might want to do the same if your sub wander a bit when you really crank it. Carpeting, vinyl floor tile, linoleum, or regular hard wood floor should not be a problem at all.

    Considering what you are coming from, getting the PB1-ISD will almost be unfair.......almost. ;) Enjoy the purchase and please post your impressions.

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    I have a dirt floor, and watering it down before a movie tends to help quite a bit.... :)

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    Doesn't that make the bass sound "muddy"?
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    :D ;)
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    Sonic:

    Saw your same question posted over at AVS. DustinB nailed it - the guy is a subwoofer guru.

    Muddy bass. Good one tour! Did you get my email?

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    Thanks all you guys for all the help!

    I think I feel pretty good about this sub purchase, and I will indeed post my opinions on my HT/Music speaker setup when it's all setup.

    You guys were a great help - (tips hat to all)...

    Terry
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    on my sub i was limited by size of the box but i have so much output it dident offect me. exept i couldnot corner load it but over 120 while listning to brassmonkey is good enough for me.
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