You are running hot if you turn up the trim in the avr, on the sub, or use excessive EQ. I don't run my subs hot th95% of the time. I will occassionally use a 3 db boost on the trim in the avr. Running the subs hot decreases headroom so be careful.
Klipsch RF 7 based HT 7.4, Pioneer SC 35, Acurus 200 Five, Dayton 18 Ultimxa Dual Sub Cab(2), Dayton 18 Ultimax Large Vented Sub Cab (2), on Berhinger I Nuke DPS amps, Samsung BDP F 7500, Asus/My Book Live HPC 4 TB
Yaquin VK 2100 amp, McIntosh XR 5 speakers, Samsung BDP F 7500