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Sunday, 01 August 2004
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The Downside
As I stated earlier, there was a touch of bloom down around the 25-30 Hz range that I was unable to remedy. Although I did get a pretty flat measured response, with the exception of a few dips and peaks at around the 35-45 Hz range, there is a possibility that the location was the culprit. Having the ability to do some room equalization would have solved this problem, which the SupeCube Reference does not offer. Tiny changes and movements will have a profound effect on the response you get. If you are uncomfortable with the time it will take to get your product set up correctly, make sure your dealer will come to your home, measure your room’s response, and do a proper set-up. Better yet, a professional acoustician can nail your room and bring out that hard-to-get magic. This will mean the difference between being happy with your purchase and wanting to return it.

This probably would have added a few hundred dollars to the overall cost of the SuperCube Reference, but a remote would greatly ease the set-up process and allow for some on-the-fly minor adjustments. I found myself changing the gain when changing from music to movies. Different material is recorded at different levels at different studios and it sometimes becomes necessary to make these adjustments to overcome these situations.

Setting up a subwoofer in your home can be a challenge. Patience can pay big dividends, especially when working with a product that is at the caliber of the SuperCube Reference. Although smaller than many other subwoofer systems with similar specifications, the SuperCube Reference makes up for it with true subwoofer frequencies that add breadth and depth to your existing system. To improve on the SuperCube Reference’s ability to plumb the depths with authority and agility, you would have to spend twice as much to make a noticeable improvement over what a properly set-up SuperCube Reference can do. The SuperCube’s ability to disappear in my system speaks highly of its capabilities and the styling is elegant, tasteful and unobtrusive. At this price point, can any subwoofer claim world-class performance? The answer is yes.

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