Originally Posted by JoeyW
Hooked up my pb1000. Did the sub crawl, placed the sub where I heard and felt the bass, and ran YPAO from my yamaha receiver. Sub volume set at 2 o'clock, receiver set the volume of sub to -3.0. Played Transformers 4....barely any bass. The 12 year old sony had way more bass than this. However it rattled the wall and floor (while it's on a subdude), but no audible bass. However it did something no subwoofer (from a HTIB sub to dual 18 inch jbl synthesis subs and subs in theaters) ever did.......made me sick to my stomach.
SVS says I should up the volume on the sub to 4 o'clock and rerun YPAO. I'll do that when I feel better and take my anti-nausea meds.
Originally Posted by aschmoldt
in the trial period trying to decide between dual pc 13s vs dual sb 16s. pb 16 would be end game but as you can see from the available space in the below pic the pb 16s would be too big. i dont really feel/hear the low extension advantage the pc 13s have on paper. both are GREAT subs so its nit picking on which ones to keep.
Originally Posted by logan456
I have a SB2000 and I think I am having the same issue. I am running a pioneer elite sc 95 receiver. Just seems like I am not getting as much bass as i should out of this woofer. Seems like I was getting more punch out of my 10 year old paradigm subwoofer. I currently have the volume on the subwoofer set to 1 oclock and my receiver sub volume set to -4.5. That is interesting they told you to set it to 4 oclock and rerun the calibration. In the manual that came with mine they suggest setting it between 10 and 12 oclock when running the receivers calibration tool.
There have been several posts which are asking similar questions, so I hope that no one will mind if I take a crack at answering several posts at the same time. When we buy a new sub, with more inherent output than our older sub, we expect to hear an immediate increase in our bass. But, there are several reasons why that may not happen. First, we may not have selected the best location for our sub (preferably by doing a sub crawl). Sometimes, even moving or rotating a sub by a few inches can make a difference in the audible sound. That can also be true when we are comparing two subs side-by-side. (It would also be important to either run them both with no EQ, or to EQ them separately.)
Second, if we are using any sort of automated set-up routine, such as YPAO or Audyssey, the calibration process will set the new sub to exactly the same volume as the other channels in the audio system (+10db for the LFE channel). And, that will be the same volume that it would have set the older, less powerful sub to. The automated calibration routine is designed to make all channels play at the same volume, as measured at the MLP. If we want more bass than that, we have to manually increase the volume on our subwoofer(s).
This is a fairly complex issue to explain quickly and simply, and so is the advice on the best methods for adjusting the volume on your subwoofer. For that reason, I would offer the subwoofer guide, linked below, as a good resource to help understand why your AVR is setting your sub where it is, and the best ways to get it to play more bass. Although the guide was written specifically with Audyssey in mind, the basic principles apply equally well to other systems of auto calibration.
The bottom-line with new subs is that increased output may only be potential until the user actually employs it by increasing the gain on the sub. As long as some reasonable care is followed (as explained in the guide) making the sub play louder won't hurt it. Modern subs, including SVS subs, are designed to be very durable and their warranties offer good owner protection. But, the auto calibration process alone won't necessarily give us all the bass we might wish to have. So, some user control and user preference has to govern that.
I hope this helps.