blinddrew wrote:Frequently the problem with subs-under-tops isn't where they are relative to the tops, it's that the tops are really close to the walls...
funky54 wrote:I’m down to one Bag End 15” sub myself. I use 12’ 2ways for everything else.Sam Spoons wrote:I agree with you that subs together (either centrally or wherever else they will fit) sound better but at many venues that is simply not possible. My only gripe with your suggestions is that subs under the tops are completely unworkable, sticking the subs under the tops may be the only possible position and the best you can do. The key point though is to listen and, if possible experiment with position. Wherever you place the subs in a small/medium room the bass will vary as you walk around the room, finding the best place for balance is the key.
* The little work I do is mostly smaller venues these days and sometimes one has to be pragmatic, though, TBF, I only have a single sub on my own rig which is all I use these days.
I should have suggested to the OP to try placing the subs on one side and both mains together on the other but turned or fanned out to cover the room. It goes against any visual aesthetic... but it usually sounds better than subs as bottoms.
I try to solve everything with speaker placement and then just ring out EQ fast and simple.
And this^ (though fanning out the subs should be unnecessary, single driver subs are omnidirectional*.
*The OP was asking about a QSC cardioid sub as an option, no personal experience but I like the idea in principle (but even my single "old school" EV sBA750 15" sub seems to keep up with a pair of QSC K12s without difficulty).