OK- so I'm hoping for some advice from either speaker designers or DIYers who have experience building speakers. I recently completed some DIY Pro-Ac Response 2.5s that sound every bit as good as the originals IMO, in some areas better maybe, but I think perhaps they are overpowering my room a bit. I noticed some lower bass bloat coming through in some recordings (not all, just ones with that area highlighted, like with a big bass drum).
I pulled out my old Stereophile test CD and played through all the tones and without even measuring (no equipment but my ears) and sure enough the 40hz tone jumped right out of the mix. All the other tones seemed entirely natural and of a similar volume level, if you get my meaning.
So... I don't think my otherwise highly supportive wife is going to go with any obvious room treatments, nor have the speakers more then the 24" out of the room they already are. But I'm willing to look into internal tweaks like different damping materials or tuning the port some more. Obviously the trick will be too affect that 40hz area and nothing else.
The room is 12x15 BTW with 9' ceilings, a heavy rug covering most of the floor, medium weight shades covering the windows, a decent amount of upholstered furniture and some other items to help with resonance. Anyway, suggestions are welcomed! Thanks!