I currently own a pair of Gallo 3.5 speakers with a SA Amp. My listening space is 20 X 30 X 12. This area is in a basement finished with drywall on wood. The interesting thing is that only half the basement is finished. My listening space is literally a finished room within an unfinished basement. To make matters more interesting, there is a one to three foot space all the way around the finished drywall which can be accessed through a set of doors. I can literally walk around the entire exterior of the listening room. The total footprint of the basement is about 2200 sq/ft.
As you can imagine, I am having some bass issues. I believe the drywall and space between the drywall and concrete/cinder black is literally killing all bass. Does this sound accurate? Frankly, the bass of the 3.5 is tight but lacking impact and tactile response that you might expect form a subwoofer (which is closer to what I hoped to gain with the addition of the SA amp).
The remainder of my equipment consists of a Windows 7/Jriver Music Server feeding a PS Audio PWD MKII and D-Sonic M2 1500M Amps via XLR with Spatial Audio Cables throughout and Blue Circle PLC conditioners.
I just purchased a Seaton Sound Submersive HP to assist in the bass department.
Now, the other question in my mind is, should I keep the Gallos, which have an amazing midrange and intoxicating soundstage. I love big soundstages. I love being surrounded by the sound, which is why I think I like the Gallos so much. That said, Magnepan is known for being a wall of sound with amazing soundstaging. On larger pieces, I think the Gallos can sound small. I'm thinking the Magnepan 1.7 with Seaton Sond Submersive HP could be a killer combo. What are your thoughts?
I have a few worries about the Maggies. Can they hand Progressive Metal like Tool (when paired with the sub)? How would they respond to a movie soundtrack like the Matrix? I like loud music, but I'm not a headbanger. I doubt I watch movies at reference levels, but I still like to turn it up. I'm just concerned as to how fast the ribbons start to give up as the volume and more importantly dynamics increase.
I want to get my ears on a pair of 1.7s, but there is nothing local right now.
Can anyone offer some good advice?