Well, yeah, it depends on who you ask, There are certainly those who believe subwoofers ruin the neutral response they are looking for. I think if you tune the crossover right, you can have the best of both worlds, though I am struggling a little bit with this setup. It seems to vary so much based on volume output and on the track I am playing. I'll dial in the crossover and gain on the subwoofer to perfection, and then I'll turn the volume knob up or down, or the next track will come on and it either feels empty on the bottom, or way too boomy. I guess so much is mix dependent, but this setup feels a little bit more finicky than others I have played with in the past. Either that, or I have become pickier in my old age.