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    I am just wondering about what are the benefits of a down-firing subwoofer and a front firing one.

    How about top firing subs? are there such?

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    I recently bought a pair of Polk DSW 400 PRO. They come configured for down ward firing , but you can buy optional grills to convert them to fire forward. If you plan on this conversion you will need 90 degree power cord and SHORT 90 degree RCA adapter cause all controls will be very close to floor. To the best of my knoledge rule of thumb down for H.T. . Forward for 2 channel. I am running 2 channel down. Forward would be to much I think. Down is working perfect. I talked to 2 different techs at polk running same sub down on 2 channel. Go to a web site www.audioadvisor.com They have a Abyss 300w 12" sub on sale for699.99 ( Manufactured by Martin Logan ) It is unique by the way you put the sub in it's "cradle",you have 4 options on firing angle.Forward , down and 2 different angles between forward and down. If it makes you feel any better reg. price is 1,099.00

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    Never saw a top firing sub.

    As for down and front I don't know if there is a really big difference. I never had a down firing sub.
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    My 2 channel sub has both a front firing and a down firing 10" driver in it. It does the job more than adequately. I have the xover set to 40 hz. My Monitor Audio Silver RS8 towers go down to 33 hz on their own. The sub adds just enough low end help without being boomy.
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    Read on a few forums quickly that the difference is mostly cosmetic. The only only sonic difference is the mid bass produced from subs is generated from the cone, and a majority of the deep bass escapes the box through the ports, if it is a ported sub. So there are those that swear that they can hear this directional difference, though there are no tests to show that the sound is actually radiated any differently.
    If you have kids or a pet, go for down firing... If you like the look of the front firing, go for that, is basically what I read.

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    Recently, there appears to be a trend towards front firing opposed to down firing.
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    Personally I like the down firing but it depends on a few factors.....
    Is the bottom open and speaker firing directly on the floor?
    Is the floor it's firing into carpet or hard wood?
    (Firing into carpet is no good!)
    Does the down firing sub fire into a open wood bottom?

    Not a lotta down firing ones anymore from what I have seen.
    My Velo front fire really does it's job tho!!

    Then there is the ported verses non ported debate......
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    I don't know the science behind this subject, and this is JMO, but, Down= HT, Front= Music.
    I refuse to argue with idiots, because people can't tell the DIFFERENCE!

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    There is a big difference if you have pets or small kids. If you have either down firing may save you some serious grief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    I don't know the science behind this subject, and this is JMO, but, Down= HT, Front= Music.
    My front firing HSU-project sub rocks everything here for HT. Bluray content under 20hz is definitely felt from this thing.
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    thanks for all the input guys.

    the answer that has made more sense to me is that the orientation has something to do with music or home theater sound options.

    I have a carpeted floor and from what motzart said, why did polk not advise on this? they are even encouraging the use of down firing sub on carpeted floors (look at those spikes for carpets).

    any thoughts on these?

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    I think something is being missed... I thought downfiring took more abuse on the woofer due to having to fight gravity when firing the woofer. Side wont have this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karzai View Post
    I am just wondering about what are the benefits of a down-firing subwoofer and a front firing one.

    How about top firing subs? are there such?

    My PSW1000 is sideways firing, with a woofer on either side. If I wanted to I could knock the house down by turning it up, but I'm not a b*******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    Recently, there appears to be a trend towards front firing opposed to down firing.
    I don't know about any trends Face but I can attest to this with my audio travels. When using certain down firing subs on a suspended wood floor or second story [with or without carpet], there is a delay that becomes rather annoying. It's almost like the vibration and part of the sound wave reaches the listening position a 1/4 a beat too late. Just imagine getting a powerful drum beat, followed a split second later by another half ass drum beat that was supposed to be only one tight beat. I have yet to experience this with a front firing sub to date.

    Other than that, the "punch" of a front firing sub seems to envelope you more into the music [more accurate a reproduction IMO] and not just provide the room with widespread bass or sometimes "boom".
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

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