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Bass in Your Space: Woofin’ on Subwoofers

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Too much of a good thing can spoil or at least dampen the pleasure derived from just about any experience. Like the way a tony restaurant’s cloyingly ultrasweet desserts can make your teeth ache. Or the way buying the fifth remastering of Kind of Blue in a decade makes you wonder if technology isn’t becoming more important than the music. Or the way too much bass from a subwoofer can spoil one’s enjoyment of the home theater adventure.

No doubt about it. A subwoofer can indeed be a good thing, but improperly matched or incorrectly dialed-in with your main speakers, or located in the wrong place, the thing can throb and boom to a most unpleasant and most unnatural degree. The result can be distracting, unmusical and can mar the overall sound of an otherwise great system.

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