So then why did they like to tell you to stick your sub in a corner? I assume they performed all sorts of tests, have they changed the types of tests? what changed their thinking? For the heck of it I pulled mine way from the wall and looked in back. It's got a volume knob, variable HZ knob 80-120, a polarity switch for 0 or 180 a set of RCA jacks for Level In (no idea what those are for) and of course, the speaker knobs and on/off/auto switch. DO the new ones still have these things? And now I'm heading off into a tangent...I bought the Boston Acoustics for my family room back in '97 or '98 (I'm pretty sure Dolby was around then as well as THX). That living room had 9-11 foot cathedral ceilings, wall to wall plush carpet, drywall, a stone fireplace next to the home theater system and a wall of windows. I remember placing the sub in the corner and trying it pointed 90 degrees from the main speakers and then parallel with them. Honestly can't remember which set-up we preferred. But man did it sound GOOD. I think the first movie we tested it on was Air Force One. Our current house has a totally different dynamic and I've occasionally wondered if the sub's current placement is wrong. It's no longer in a corner but it is against a wall on the bottom shelf of one of my oak cabinets. All speakers are parallel. The room is knotty pine, walls and cathedral ceiling, huge beams, a staircase to the loft behind the sound wall, another stone fireplace this time opposite and no wall at all between the LR and kitchen. Crappy wall to wall and vinyl flooring. I really ought to take a photo!But I have to say I don't get the same feeling with the home theater here. It's possible I also don't have the switches on the sub woofer set properly for this room and the manual which is missing and I remember being little more than useless anyway. So though I may not be adding much to this discussion in relation to your question, you do have me thinking about how to improve things! (And they ARE improving, I hope, in other ways, but I'll save that post for later.)RM :-)
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