HSU STF 2 Doesn't Always get out of Standby Mode, Increase Channel lvl? Smart Plug?
I have a question regarding my HSU STF 2's standby function but first want to start off by thanking everyone who replied to my 6/29/2017 post regarding getting a new sub or having my HSU STF 2's amp replaced. I went ahead and had the amp replaced per most suggestions and am very glad I did! A friend replaced the amp for me and said it was a fairly simple fix. FWIW, he said the build quality of the new amp is a lot better than the old amp. My concern about the standby function is that it sometimes takes a few minutes for the amp to come out of standby mode even when playing bass heavy music. The manual says it's okay to leave the subwoofers power switch in the on position as there isn't much more of a power draw but my concern is more about the amp's overall lifespan, I can't help but think the amp would be less likely to fail if it were in standby mode when not in use versus being turned on 24/7?
I'm wondering if I can help the situation by turning the subwoofers volume knob down but then increasing the subwoofers channel level in my receiver's (Pioneer VSX 920K) speaker set up menu. I just finished calibrating all my speakers with a friends SPL meter and as it is now, the subwoofers channel level is at zero while the subwoofers master volume is at around the 10 o'clock position. If you think increasing the subs channel level would help it come out of standby mode, how much of it increase should I give it? The reason I haven't tried doing this yet is I'm disabled and it's very hard for me to reach my subs volume knob, otherwise I would have just tried it out. FYI, at one point when listening to some bass heavy music, I did use my receiver's remote to increase the subs channel level to + 3 dB but it still did not come out of standby mode.
On a similar topic, is it okay to use a smart plug with my subwoofer? I recently bought an Amazon Echo Dot and a Sylvania smart plug (120 V, 15 amp). I was thinking I could then set the subwoofers power switch to the on position but use the Echo Dot and the smart plug to turn it on and off as needed. Sound doable?
Thanks for any info y'all can provide!