Terry, just get a Parasound P7. Come on, you know you want to!
Jeeze...you Parasound guys...
I do miss my Parasound preamp sometimes. It's just that even the P7 is missing one HUGE thing for me...TUBES!!
Sorry guys, I'm a tube guy now. I'll never (I think) go without them again. But if I did, a P7 is number 1 on my list.
Thats right, I forgot the preamp has HT bypass just not enough bass management to help out. I understand now, thanks for clarifying. I had similar troubles with the towers. I also was not able to achieve as flat a room response as I did with my previous sierras. With the towers running full range all the time now, EQing the sub was tougher.
Can you ellaborate on what you meant about the duals collapsing your soundstage?
Thats too bad the the SM didnt work out (unless or course it was behind the couch). I also wonder as you do if any sub will fix the issue.....hmmm. All you can do is buy more subs to try
I hope either way, you get things dialed in to your liking!
To elaborate on the collapsing of my sound stage:
I can't figure this out with any certainty, but something is VERY different when both subs were on the front wall between the speakers. The sound was thicker sounding in the lower midrange. There was a significant decrease in separation of instruments and the sound stage seemed shorter and more narrow. I lost that large, open, airy sound from the speakers. That's about the best I can describe it.
I too am worried that no sub will fix the issue. The only thing I can say is that my PB13-Ultra sounded pretty darn good on the front wall on the inside of my left speaker. I was talking to Brandon about that on the phone just a little while ago. He heard the PB13 there and agrees that it was working very well. I can get the Submersive to measure just as good if not better, but it doesn't sound good there at all. What's even more strange is that I can get it measuring basically the same behind the listening position and it sounds completely different. I'm listening to music with it behind me right now and it sounds amazingly good. Maybe the best I've ever heard.
I'll get it figured out. One day.