Originally Posted by Hurtful Goat
Get some test tones (your receiver probably has an internal test tone you can use.), and adjust the gain settings so all the speakers read the exact same level at your seat (note: the sub will read a bit lower than it actually, by about 2-3db or so)
As for running the sub hot, it just means calibrating it so it is somewhat louder than your other speakers. Try it "flat" (same volume) first. If you think it is too weak, bump the level up a few dB
I was actually going to post a similar question to this..
I have the same meter..
So i set the volume to a loud enough level.. say 75 DB.. set the radio shack meter to fast response.. A.. 60 on the dial?... Then just sit in the normal position aiming the meter forward.. start the tones up.. get the DB value to be identical for all speakers, even the rears?
I've tried this, but found that the rears just aren't loud enough with my yamaha RX-v795a 5.1 receiver.. but not as bad in my big room with my HTS780 onkyo receiver that came with that set..
In the room where i think the rears are too low at even DBs.. i'm using polk rm6750 speakers.. smaller speakers..
but this room is 12x12...
So i've found that i prefer the rears to actually be a bit higher in DB than the fronts (IE: +4-6DB on the setting) ... to sound louder and better when playing 5.1 DD tracks..
Is this typical.. or should they realistically be the same DBs? I've always found this to be the case, no matter what type of speaker i've had in the rear.. at least with this 12x12 rooms yamaha receiver.. Or is it that newer receivers pump out better volume these days on the rears, than with this older receiver?