I like some of the beginning rap stuff like Grand Master Flash and the likes but listen mostly to the late 80â€™s early 90â€™s stuff ie. Scarface, 2PAC, E-40, and Too $hort, amongst a plethora of others. I listen to more rock than anything, but again with the timeless stuff. I donâ€™t exactly remember when this crap nowadays started to really turn into death, alternative, EMO music but I canâ€™t stand that either. I like some hard rock like the older Metallica & Korn, BLS, and Pantera, but usually stick with Joe Satriani, Aerosmith, and Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd type stuff. Every once in a while I will pop a good Bass cd in the Jeep and bass out for a few minutes to get that full body massage and clean the wax out of my ears haha. Iâ€™m running a single 15â€ RE SX in 4.837^3 @26.62 HZ on a JBL BP 1200.1 (about 1500 RMS) it will get rid of any bass fix I might need LOL. A 20 HZ tone in there is unreal
Some might not be able to hear that, but you can sure as hell feel it lol.
Back to the H/t setup, I could adjust the Low-pass xover from 30 - 200 Hz, 24 dB/octave, and usually had it set around 50-60 Hz because my mains consisted of sealed 15â€ woofers that didnâ€™t have any problems reaching that low. I did have the subs set around 120HZ for a few weeks but there was just too much bass output overall vs. everything else, so down the xover went on the subs, and everything leveled itself out.
As for comparing the 5500â€™s sub to a normal H/T sub, I do think that it is relevant as a lot of people use those home theater in a box setups and consider them to have adequate bass responses and the fact that it is a 10â€ in a somewhat large ported enclosure with a fair amount of power going to it. You could very easily compare the 5500 sub to that of a blose â€œbass unitâ€ thingy which is considered by many â€œunaware consumersâ€ to be top of the line haha. As for comparing the 5500 to normal PC speakers, well I think that is an unfair advantage as they are more like the HTIB setups than your normal 2CH PC speakers without a sub at all. Also with the addition of the optical toslink input and wireless remote (really THX Logitech) I think that puts them more into the realm of H/T speakers with the option of PC usage. And just out of sheer curiosity, how many PC speakers do you know of that are THX certified? ESP when THX certification is more heavily geared towards movie reproduction than anything. HTPCâ€™s havenâ€™t hit the mainstream markets just yet
In my personal opinion, even at the regular price of approximately $300 they are a good deal, at $180 a steal, just keep in mind that below 40 HZ they are not near where they should be. THX for the recognition that I am not a kid, and have a relative idea of what I am talking about concerning the quality and reproduction properties of the Z5500-Z5300e series of speakers/subs. Much oblige.