So then therefore: Further experimentation.
My monitoring environment is problematic right now. Standing desk = speakers are too low. Also I can't figure out where to put my subwoofer. And there's something wrong with the crossover point. Either that, or the subwoofer is too loud where it is.
I'm not even trying to make sense of the dialog. This is all the dream ballet.
But soon the rewrite will make the whole thing work.