My last column ended with a statement that the best place for a subwoofer isn't the corner. That's because of how lengthy bass waves interact with the room, and because the omnidirectional sound pattern of bass gets focused into a beam.
Finding the best spot for a sub is easy. The hard part is actually finding a visual compromise — nobody is cool with a big black square sitting in the middle of a living room or study.
I've got a foolproof way of figuring out the former, which will help when it's time to strike a balance and carry out the latter.
Before we get to that, there's a great show Friday night I gotta share, which at this moment should become your evening plans.
GasPops at Gold Hill
There are a few local bands that work their butts off year after year, producing album after album for fervent local audiences, and generally refining their craft and playing the long game. The poster child for this kind of group is one of my favorite bands period and also one that has been voted the best in Boulder by Colorado Daily audiences over multiple years. I speak of the Gasoline Lollipops, and if you don't know of them or don't know how good their shows are, that needs to change Friday night.
They have, to put it mildly, a boisterous fanbase. In the past, I've written about the rare occasion when this group heads to Gold Hill and crams its followers into the lovely Gold Hill Inn for a sweaty evening of stompin' and hollerin'.
Well my friends, Friday night is your chance to taste this rare local treat. At 9 p.m., the Gasoline Lollipops will start the show, and I know I always say this, but seriously you guys: Do yourself a favor and go. Get there by 8 if you want to be one of the lucky few to make it inside under the fire marshal limit — usually by show's start, there's a group of 20 or so folks waiting for people to leave before they can head in. Don't miss the fun.
One of the best ways to find the ideal spot for a sub is by following this exercise. You'll need a long RCA cable (available online or at places like Best Buy) to connect your sub to your home theater receiver or other source of music. You want it to be long enough to physically place the subwoofer where you will sit — right where the music should sound best.
Play music with lots of great bass and get the whole system cranking. Then, walk around the room — all around the room — and find a spot where the bass sounds fantastic. This is actually easy, since bass changes significantly as you move around the room.
When you've found a great-sounding spot, that's your subwoofer location.
Hopefully it's not in the middle of a walkway, because if it is, you've got some compromising to do. You may need to go back to the experiment to find the next best location, or the third best. Once you settle on it though, all of your music and movies should sound a bit better!
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