I am on my way to putting most of my available cash into a new soundsystem and am on the fence whether I should get nearfield monitors with 6,5-7 inch woofers or smaller monitors and a sub.
My lifestyle requires me to move around twice a year, so I want a universal solution. My studio will always be placed in a bedroom/living room with dimensions 15x13x8 feet or smaller. My rooms will always have corner bass traps and a few broadband absorbtion panels. My budget is up to 3500$
What are your opinions? Is a sub something I should consider with these restrictions that I have or will it just create problems? I want everything I DO decide to put into my room to contribute to the best possible/cleanest audio reproduction and probably will not miss those low frequencies if it makes the rest of the image worse.
I think subs are less about adding low end extension and more about having cleaner bass. If I'm not mistaken, that's what Ethan says in his book. A sub can never harm your imaging unless it's cheap and you have the crossover set too high or the placement is just egregious - you could always just turn it off. It can, however, help you balance your frequency response for the flattest one possible.
In fact, some people advocate having two subs for this purpose. That might be too much if you're moving around every six months but it's something to consider. FWIW, the Yamaha HS8 is pretty flat with good extension. If you could place those optimally, you might not need a sub - but it could still probably help.
Thanks for the opinion! Yes, the idea of a sub/2 subs appeals to me because it seems like it would give me a lot more control over how low frequencies perform in the room. If there is just a large driver taking care of everything, then the options behind the speaker just won't offer the same value.
I had the HS8 for a few years and just recently started looking for new options. It was a clear overkill of bass for me and now my search is for less bass and cleaner, more transient bass. I ordered a bunch of speakers now, will see which ones work out. (Adam S2V, Genelec 8340, Genelec 8341, Eve Audio SC305 + sub, also just tested EVE SC307, Genelec 8040, Adam A7X & A77X)
It was a clear overkill of bass for me and now my search is for less bass and cleaner, more transient bass. I ordered a bunch of speakers now, will see which ones work out. (Adam S2V, Genelec 8340, Genelec 8341, Eve Audio SC305 + sub, also just tested EVE SC307, Genelec 8040, Adam A7X & A77X)
Did you consider Focal solos? I would definitely call their bass what you just described. But they can get boomy(like everyother speaker) if your room is boomy.
So I now had time to test everything out and I decided to go with Adam S2V without a sub. It is a beautiful sounding speaker with a lot of calibration options and fits perfectly into my studio sound-wise. Very transient rich but soft sounding high end, quite a forward sounding midrange and a deep, musical bass that is just present enough. I also have Audeze LCD headphones to check the really low stuff. I decided to not try the Focals as they do not offer DSP options in this price range.
From my experience with a sub - if I were to buy subs, I would buy 2 with closed cabinets and DSP. That would probably give an amazing addition to the sound, but It does not seem necessary in any way and at the moment seems like a better idea to put the money on treatment.