I own a sound system that can literally beat a grown man to death -- ok, maybe his eardrums. ;^) With that said, it always seemed a bit weak in the mid-bass department, if you know what I mean. The drums and bass guitar had plenty of low, rolling thunder, but they never had that all consuming, eyeball rattling SLAP.
Today is a new day, and everything has changed. I will never underestimate the value of a well designed mid-bass horn as long as I live. After cranking the volume, my ears will probably be ringing for a week -- they are right now, come to think of it -- and that's something I don't normally do because it's just not healthy. There are moments though when a man has to "turn up the music" and grab that natural high.
I can't wait until the second horn is completed and I can have a balanced L/R pair. My other speaker channel (without the mid-bass horn) is sounding rather pathetic and if it could speak would probably scream out with envy.
Never underestimate the value of JBL's old technology, either. That ancient 2240 is an absolute screamer/bone crusher when placed in the correct environment. Ahem to that, brother.