On the 38hz on a 4" driver thing: if we're merely talking about ability to create sound at that frequency, couldn't you just play a sound tha was only that frequency, and if the driver is making clean sound (not farty/boomy/distorted etc) then it's capable? It doesn't seem like a difficult concept to me, but I'm eager to learn.
What does it mean for a speaker to be "too big"? If it fills the room too much, is it not similar enough to just turn the volume down? I think I kinda get the difference. I have a few songs where if it's not played a bit "loud" then it just doesn't sound good at all, or too quiet, too soft, etc. Is it similar to that? Like either the room is so full of sound it's distracting, and if not that then soft, quiet, humble, un-involving?
Morbid: I bet that's just for the material itself (opposed to having a professional do it). I asked a guy at a local hi-fi shop how much it would be for him to treat a room out of curiosity, and he said "anywhere from $2k to like $10k, depends on the room". We've discussed it before; learning proper room treatment (that pic you gave me was excellent to start! thank you) would be great for me. I wanna learn how to make my basement sound good. It's a pretty deep room, so it sounds kinda boomy, even though I wasn't sitting too far back at the time. But they were significantly cheaper speakers and not properly arranged (and active vs. passive in my main rig I guess), but I still have the gut feeling the room depth and being a basement had something to do with it. It's a shame; the basement for all other reasons besides sonically would be a great place for me :( .
I'm 15 so I still live at home and I'm not entirely fond of the room I'm in with my stereo. I'm kind of whatever the opposite of a claustrophobe is (hehe), I kinda like being shut in instead of out in the open and exposed. I still want speakers though, as I'm a soundstage junkie if anything (and basshead too I suppose), I like the music to envelop me in a different environment (I think we agree that electronic does a good job of that, right Morbid?). Maybe moving a bedroom over (I'm adjacent to my dad's room currently, I've tried and monitors do not work well. He claims to not care about the sound much, but I still do) and having studio monitors for a while would be good. What would be the drawbacks of a nearfield setup as opposed to, say, Morbid's Harbeths or just any traditional stereo setup?
(sorry to pick on you so much Morbid! I'm just very familiar with you and you're someone I look up to for this stuff. Thanks for all your advice! I'm still truly a noob, even with above 1k posts )
Also sorry for the block of text just asking from the community. I'll post pics of my (stereo) rig here in a moment :)