FORWARD FROM THE EDITOR (original post below) For as along as I can remember (decades), there has been a huge misconception, especially in ORFAS audiophile circles, that large woofers sound "slow". This 150+ post thread started innocently enough: why is big woofer considered better than two smaller woofers with the same surface area? Unfortunately readers will have to wade through the entirety of the thread to get all the answers. The following bullshit myths are addressed in this thread: Larger woofers have more mass thereby are slow and cannot accelerate as smaller ones thereby make lower quality bass Larger woofers because of their slower impulse response cannot produce fast accurate bass like smaller ones Larger woofers are only good or needed for bass extension - a smaller one is just as good if you do not need deep bass Larger woofers are only needed if you need high SPL Larger woofers will overly pressurize a smaller room producing stranger results than a smaller one Smaller woofers make better quality and more accurate bass because well respected speaker designers like Andrew Jones only make small woofer speakers. Respected speaker companies not do use large woofers because smaller woofers better quality and more accurate bass Bass needs to be fast (as opposed to "fast" which may have varying meaning) A larger woofer needs a bigger motor, stiffer cone, and stiffer suspension. These make the costs prohibitive to achieve the same level of performance as a smaller woofer. These myths are perpetuated because of the ORFAS / Audiophile Company Industrial Complex's self-interest. They are also because that big wide speakers are ugly, unwieldy, and do not sell. (All true points). This does not mean that we cannot do better for ourselves if we want to think different. --- ORIGINAL POST HERE: I read long time ago that a big woofer is better than smaller woofers with equal combined size. Which explains the obsession with big woofers here and some other forums. But I never understand exactly why. Point source bass is not a thing right?. And I guess a bigger woofer will flex and distort more, requiring a stiffer but heavier material. But I also thought about the sound intensity being greater because it's coming from a narrower space instead of delivering the sound across vertically like with smaller woofers. The surface area of those smaller woofers and the baffle area between them is greater than a single big woofer surface area. Hence the sound intensity. Everyone feel free to correct me or share your thoughts if you will.