I recently got an S-1500. Running Audyssey, I had to keep turning the gain down because the Audyssey calibration kept ending with a -12 dB level. I called PSA and was told the gain on the new subwoofers is very sensitive, and he said 9 o'clock is a good starting point. I tried around 9 O'clock and got a -7 dB. I would rather have a little more room to increase level for my liking (I like to add 3-6 dB and would rather not have level set that close to 0), so I did another Audyssey run with the gain set to a little past 9:30 position. I was hoping for a -9 or so level but the run came back with -11.5. -11.5 is a high absolute value but it is within the maximum -12, so it is a workable measurement versus the -12 result that were actually likely much more outside the -12.
Is -11.5 Audyssey calibrated line level okay or would I benefit from decreasing the gain a little more until I got closer to a -9 or so result?