Originally Posted by accordex
Ok, so it's not just mine.
I did run it, but i can't remember what it set to. I keep it at zero. It always sets my towers to like -3 , but that's too low. I have the infinity p363 towers x4 and i guess they're 4ohms, so to watch a movie i'd have to turn the receiver to like -15. So i bump them to +3 and watch movies at -25 or so. Probably killing my receiver with those speakers.
Anyways, i guess ill keep the gain up on the sub ..it just doesn't seem right. I've never turned any sub I've owned past 50%.
What does it accomplish to set your speakers to +3 and listen at a lower volume? Shouldn't you aim to keep the speakers at around 0 with adjustments for distance and output as set by your AVRs auto-calibration? You can't get more power out of the AVR by playing with these settings.
As for the sub volume, it's a gain setting, right? Even if you have it at 100%, I'm thinking you're still good--the total output is limited by the amplifier power. The volume is to adjust the gain to match the input the sub is getting. Comparing this to other subs really has little meaning, I think. It doesn't alter amplifier power. I like to run my sub hotter than YPAO (Yamaha) sets it, so I adjust the volume so that YPAO sets it to about -4.5, then I adjust it up to around 0 in the AVR. My PB-1000 is set to around 3 o'clock (I had to turn it up a bit after putting a miniDSP in the line, so I'm guessing there's a slight attenuation through the miniDSP. I could overcome this with a gain setting in the miniDSP, but I'd rather have the overhead on the miniDSP output.)
Something else to consider is the flat response of the SVS subs. I had a little sub that sounded louder, but I believe that it was just pounding away in a narrow frequency range. The SVS is using a lot of power down low, shaking the room, and has a flat, articulate response across it's output. This makes it sound quieter, although it can bring the boom when the content is there.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong here.