Underwhelming Performance from BIC PL-200
So I finally got everything ready last week and setup the home theater over the weekend.
Here's my setup:
Polk Monitor 70 Series II as front speakers
Polk CS2 Series II as center speaker
Polk Monitor 40 Series II as surround speakers
BIC America PL-200 subwoofer
Yamaha RX-V677 receiver
After I connected all the cables, I started the receiver and use YPAO auto configuration. Before I ran the test, I set the crossover frequency knob on the subwoofer to the max (90Hz?) and the volume knob (gain?) to half the volume as suggested in the RX-V677 manual. After running the YPAO couple times (I got errors like front presence speakers or rear presence speakers detected) I was finally able to pass the YPAO sound check. During the sound check, I couldn't hear or feel anything at all from the subwoofer. After messing around with the receiver and the subwoofer, I found that setting the volume knob on the subwoofer to max or 3/4 of the volume will yield some results from the subwoofer. However, it is still very unnoticeable.
So I played with the setting on the receiver, changed the crossover frequency on both the subwoofer and the receiver to 80, changed all the speaker sizes to small and turned the subwoofer volume knob (gain?) to half. I can finally hear and feel the bass but it is still very underwhelming. First of all, I have to turn the volume on the receiver way up and louder than I would prefer (like 65%) in order to hear and feel the bass. Still, it is not very distinguishable that I don't know if the bass is coming from the front speakers or the subwoofer. I have to touch the subwoofer to feel it in order to confirm that it's outputting bass.
This is my first home theater setup and I am quite disappoint with the subwoofer. I owned a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers and its subwoofer has very nice output. I only turn the bass and treble to like 25% on the Klipsch and I already have great results.
So moving from the $100 2.1 speakers to a $300 subwoofer, I was expecting drastic improvements, like earth shattering bass but that's not the case. Even at the 50% volume (gain on the subwoofer) and turning the receiver volume to 60%, I couldn't tell if the bass is coming from the subwoofer or the front speakers.
Also, the volume on the receiver is not very loud. Turn the volume to like 60% and the loudness will be the same as a $20 dollar speaker set, continue turning the volume up and it gets louder but not by much. I would say at around 75-80% there is a drastic sudden change in the loudness and it doesn't sound normal and I have to turn it down, is this normal?