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post #1 of 4 Old 01-03-2004, 09:23 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi,
I've purchased a new sub yesterday and unlike my old one this one comes with speaker level connections. I've hooked it up using the high level speaker connections and passed the high level to my main speakers. Should I be using the subwoofer out? The reason I set it up this way is because my reciever has a fixed crossover at 90hz and I wanted to use the crossover on the sub to set a lower crossover. I'm assuming my receiver will pass everything below 90hz to the sub including the LFE.

My gear is:

Yamaha 630 Receiver
PSB 5i Sub
Athena F2 Mains

Any help is greatly appreciated,

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-03-2004, 10:18 PM
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LFE is not a simple low-pass signal taken from the other channels. LFE is a discrete track on most n.1 mixes. The processor logic (bass management) may combine it with low-pass signals from other channels (that are set to "small") and send them all to the sub via the LFE port. Or if there is no sub will try to add the LFE signal to any other channel set to "large".

The point is that there's a lot going on the processor logic, and to send (some of) the resulting channel mixes to the sub via the speaker level outputs is asking the sub to re-process what the processor already did. The result will probably not be accurate.

On two-channel where there is no LFE, it doesn't hurt to send speaker level to the sub. In all other cases use the LFE connector.

BTW, common wisdom is that the crossover of a speaker set to "small" should be 1 octave above the 3dB-down point. E.g. if the bass of the front pair rolls off (-3dB) at 40 Hz, set the front crossover at 80Hz. (This is not a critical setting so close is close enough.)

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i always thought you would not use a speaker level out unless your reciever was powering your sub.
does your sub have an amp onboard? if it does, use the pre out.
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Ummm. Good point. I hadn't considered that he might be using a passive sub. Thought I was the only one still using one'a them.

But them, it wouldn't have an RCA jack....

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