BIG woofers - small rooms!

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    I have always been scared to use large woofers (i.e. >12 inch) in the smallish rooms typically found in the UK.

    Having recently installed 4-ways with 14" woofers into my 13 x 13ft study, I was expecting bass to be very "boomy" with room modes all out of control. It is planned to move them into a much larger room in about 9 months but I am amazed how good they sound in their temporary location.

    This has been discussed in a few threads already but I can safely say that from my experience, DON'T BE AFRAID TO USE BIG WOOFERS IN SMALL ROOMS (particularly if you're a pop/rock lover).
     
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    Well, yes indeed. Of course several experts on here know otherwise, apparently.
    Anyway, congratulations. A 4-way with a 14" LF unit sounds interesting. What is it and how does it do over the rest of the frequency range?
     
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    Aslong as the speakers are of quality - You can't moan

    ...Equal quality of amplification and leads, of course. :JPS:
     
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    JBL 250Ti's. They have an 8" lower mid and X-overs are all 6dB slopes I believe. Having THREE crossover points is probably totally unnacceptable for the purists but what the hell, they rock!
     
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    Sounds like your having a blast Andy. 2x 14's in 13 x 13 room would be pretty intense :)
     
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    I am getting the wall of sound I always like and they really lock into a songs groove and rythym.

    But it's funny that the 8" Dynaudio speakers they replace were much more 'boomy' sounding.
     
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    bottleneck talks a load of rubbish

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    I'm finding that big speakers sound best in big rooms, but that they still sound better than small speakers in small rooms.

    Horrible generalisation, obviously.
     
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    Andy - I agree balancing three-way speaker systems is tough but it can be done - BC1's spring to mind. Especially when you consider the spectrum of ''bottom, mid and top''.
     
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    Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas.

    Experts? There are no experts on here! Just folks sharing opinions and experiences.
     
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    Settle, settle...

    I note that my study has 3 concrete block walls and a single lightweight plasterboard stud wall. It is also an upstairs room so has a fairly lightweight plasterboard ceiling attached to smallish timbers.

    I personaly think that these "membranes" are sucking just enough LF energy out of the room to keep the room modes in check. I may not be as positive about the bottom-end if I had FOUR solid masonry walls and a less compliant ceiling.
     
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    These babies are 4-ways :eek:
     
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