Anything with repetitive low-bass will work. I believe David Ellington from Sumiko uses uses the soundtrack from the movie Sneakers.
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I have several test discs that are supposed to help with SW setup. They are good to start with, but the result should not be considered final.
Placement is a trial and error game. Play real music.
Regarding crossover frequency, after long experience I have come to the conclusion that the best setting depends on the particular recording, so I now have a crossover where the frequency is easy to adjust, and I feel free to twist that knob. I range from 50 Hz, for chamber music, to 200-400 Hz for organ music. My subwoofer system is a custom design and can handle higher frequencies than is usual. When I increase the frequency I am really transitioning from planar speakers (MG1.6) to cone drivers which have the "punch" and power handling capability needed for some music.
I have a total hewlett packard pavilion 9600 with XP home ed. I use a subwoofer that I bought with the video soundblaster card. Now my sbuwoffer doesn't work the red light doesn't turn green and once in a great while it comes on loud and clear ! I have checked and cleaned all connections from PC to the unit and the black box and the wall plug. Doyou have nay hints ? Also in a few days I will be replacing MY PC with a brand new system and maybe it will make the subwoffer work ? Is there a way to test my subwoffer ? Also my new monitor an HP vs 19d has monitor mounted speakers and with the volume up to 12 they whisper. Please help, Gino. ANd what A GREAR SITE THIS IS !!!!!!!! i AM not one to surf too much and reading stuff is not my bag but your site is GREAT and I will recommend and return everyday ! Keep up the great work !!!!!!!!!