After a several year, covid-caused hiatus, I took my family to the Metropolitan Opera last night for the final 2022 performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro. The performance was wonderful, most especially Ying Fang in the role of Susanna, an incredible young talent. But I write here to share a reminder that NOTHING compares to the real thing: unamplified, world class orchestra and astonishingly talented singers in a venue allowing magnificent sounds to bloom and fill the space. It got me thinking more about my system, which from the mid-range up conveys the openness and transparency of real music in real space. I’m convinced that I’ve reached where I need to in the choice of sources, cabling, pre-amp and amplifiers. The shortfall is in the very lowest registers, which are there, but unable to breathe in the same manner as the real thing. Somehow the ease of conveying the power in those low frequencies, wherein it is both heard and felt, is just so difficult to replicate at home, where space constraints simply increase the obstacles to faithful reproduction. I have to believe the signal is there, but the combination of room and speaker limitations get in the way of getting this “right.” So, I return to the question of adding a sub-woofer and the myriad choices available. The quality, speed and power must match my twenty-five year old Sonus Faber Extrema speakers. For many reasons I can’t or won’t position one along the line between or just beyond the speakers. If what I really want is the very lowest registers, and the speed of the sub is sufficient, should I not be able to place it anywhere in the room as the frequencies I want to address (20-40hz) are truly non-directional? I know this subject has been discussed in multiple forums here and I’ve read until I’m dizzy from multiple approaches, but I’ve not come across anyone who has placed a sub 15-20 feet from the stereo pair of mains. Please let me know what folks are thinking these days.