Hello Bose aficionados!
I plan to get a stereo pair of L1 model II's with 1 or 2 B1's apiece & 1 T1. I'll also use 1 or preferably 2 powered Sunfire subwoofers to have stereo subs. The 2,700 watt Sunfire Signature Sub is a surprisingly small, relatively light 53 lb, 13 inch cube with (flat) frequency response down to 16 Hz & up to 100+ Hz. The subs will add some impact to those low frequencies - clean bass that you can hear AND feel, particularly in larger venues. I'd prefer that the subs receive the full low frequency signal range, even below 40 Hz.
MY QUESTIONS ARE ALONG THESE LINES:
What would be the simplest way to set up a pair of L1/B1's with 1 or 2 of my subs to get the full low end frequency signal to them? I'm a little concerned that the L1M2 1/4 inch 'Bass Line Out' drops off at 40 Hz. If so, this kind of defeats some of the purpose of adding a Sub that has potential to play down to 16 Hz.
ALSO, THOSE OF YOU USING THE L1 WITH YOUR OWN SUB:
How have you been connecting you're sub/subs into the L1?
Do you use the Bass Line Out which cuts off at 40 Hz, or a different full frequency range output like the T1 or a mixer?
How low is the frequency response on your powered sub?
Do you use your sub with B1's or by itself?
How does your sub sound with the L1 system? Any input or insight would be cool.
I'm trying to keep my setup as simple as possible (without sacrificing sound quality) & prefer using the T1 rather than a separate mixer. I'd like to have the option to not use the T1 & connect the laptop directly into the Analog Input on the L1. I'll typically use a laptop or iPod going to the L1 & would prefer to just plug the Sunfire Sub into the Bass Line Out on the power stand, rather than using 'Y' cables to send the main output to both the Subs & the L1's.
The Sunfire Sub does have separate RCA L/R Line Level Inputs with RCA L/R Line Level High Pass Outputs, but it's High Pass Out has a fixed crossover frequency of 70 Hz. So if I plug the laptop into the Sub Line Level In & then plug the Bose L1/B1 into the High Pass Outputs, the L1/B1 will be missing the frequency range from 70 Hz down, & I'd prefer to have the B1's receive the full signal range so they can play down to 40 Hz.
From what I've read on this forum, a lot of musicians/DJ's seem pleased with the results they're getting by plugging their own powered subs into the 'Bass Line Out' & aren't concerned about the 40 Hz cutoff. So maybe I wouldn't notice much difference connecting the sub into Bass Line Out vs. the full spectrum outputs on the T1. At the Guitar Center my sub sounded great with an L1, & 1 or 2 B1's, connected from the Bass Line Out to the balanced XLR input on the sub. But I didn't realize that the power stand's 'bass line out' cuts off below 40Hz. So wondered if it would play more full range if using a full range output? I'll just use the 'Bass Line Outs' on the power stands if there's no audible difference.
I know a lot of music genres contain sound info below 40 Hz. I don't want to lose any of that. I don't think the T1 has enough full range outputs for a set of L1's, PLUS a set of stereo subs? I don't want to use a separate mixer since I'm after simplicity, & 'plug-n-play' is part of the L1 appeal.
Here's some info on Carver's Sunfire subs and the owner's manual control panel diagram, page 6. I'm not affiliated, just a fan. If you're looking for a compact, fairly light sub that puts out impressive (116+ dB) audiophile quality bass, you might want to check it out. It's received great reviews:
Charts of Frequency Range Response Curves for Techno, Classical, Hip Hop, Rock, Folk, etc.
adaboy, August 27, 2008
full thread here
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