Subwoofer boom is too much for me...

Could I tone down the boom on my subwoofer by plugging the port with something like a washcloth?  Have you ever tried this and had success?

Thanks for your thoughts.



["audioguy85    There is little to no substitute for a speaker that does bass properly to begin with. You don't need a sub."]

'Properly,' must be the reason why I often see manufacturers of statement speakers demonstrate them with subwoofers.  



If it’s boomy, it’s not located properly, crossed over properly or set to the correct level. 

I kind of disagree. I mean, this all depends on how many options we have available to us to fix a problem.  One of the most common is that there are big peaks that need to get clipped.  OK, so what if I can't move the sub?  Well that forces us to choose too low a level for the sub.  An EQ though, with or without bass traps suddenly opens up a range of possibilities.

While I agree that the room and treatments has a lot to do with the overall sound and quality of bass and Erik consistently puts out a lot of good information, I am sometimes a bit confused at what some think good (true) bass should sound like. When I hear the terms quick or solid when connected to deep bass, I have to kind of scratch my head - since there is nothing quick or solid about deep bass. The closer to 20Hz the frequency drops the less solid, the less perceived as quick and the less directional it becomes. For more impactful and solid bass you would be looking for an emphasis on the 100-200Hz range. For me the quest has been to find the right balance between mid, impactful bass and deep, full bass, so when the deep bass is on the recording it is heard and felt, making it easy to distinguish between a double string bass, an electric bass guitar, synthesized bass or an organ peddle. Finding that balance with the mid. and deep bass is the key to achieving good bass and hearing and feeling what’s there. Again, there is nothing quick, fast or solid about deep bass - don’t expect it to be so........Jim

I remember hearing Richard Vandrsteen at AXPONA and laughing. He said the irony of subwoofers is, you spend all this money on them, then, ideally, if they're set up correctly - you don't even notice them!

What is your sub? Are you using for dual purpose (ht)? I would say get a new better sub. My REL tx9 disappears in my system and added to the sound across the room..before my REL I tried using my infinity ht sub in my two channel. I had to turn it all the way down to only one click to avoid the boom that washed out the speakers.