If you have a wooden floor on joists (don't most of us?)... a downfiring sub will excite your floor. May or may not be what you're looking for, but in my case (wood floor, downfiring Klipsch KSW12), I found my sub response muddy and slow... and the floor will emit lots of tone. In a basement rig with concrete floor and maybe carpet - that might be a better fit for downfiring. The Klipsch sub is probably slow to begin with - it really cleaned up when I put a pair of Kimber Tonik ICs (copper, cheap) on it instead of the Ixos crud I was using. Don't overspend, but don't overlook a decent, fast pair of ICs to the sub. I got a 2m pair of Toniks for $35 used, a good find any day of the week, but my sub thanked me well beyond that - I can live with it comfortably for a while longer.
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