Thanks. Allow me to press a bit further: will embedding the monitors ("softit") eliminate the bass response issue altogether?
I believe that should take care of cancellations and nulls in the lower region. But I might be wrong.
It does not. It removes the first reflection from the front wall, but not the side walls, ceiling, or rear wall and their associated modes.
Edit: I should say it does help a lot, I don’t mean to imply it is not useful. The front wall first reflection is the strongest. This is a helpful read in the subject.
To create the ideal listening experience, several aspects need to be taken into account when placing the monitors within the listening space. First, you need to identify the listening area within the space and consider where the listener will be placed in relation to the space as well as the...
The relatively high cut-off is a blessing few appreciate. It means greatly reduced deep bass room problems without losing the benefit of big bass drivers. Adding a sub is easy. Placing speakers that are flat to 30 hz is impossible. You have to choose between imaging and bass response. One will almost always be terrible no matter where you put them.
I’m not sure I agree with this. At this level of speaker for its intended application, any user should be qualified to implement a high pass to the mains. If the lower frequencies are undesirable, they can be filtered. If they are desirable, they can help to contribute to smoothing overall response with subs.