Originally Posted by gteague
i'm not any sort of expert (wild overstatement), but have just finished running my audyssey setup a few times and thought i'd try to clear up the confusion i seem to read into some of these posts.
it sounds like you need to increase or decrease your subs 'level' setting until the audyssey setup sets your subwoofer to near zero. or at least somewhere between -6db and +6db so that you have some 'headroom' where you can increase or decrease the effects from your remote control or system setup manually without having to physically go and tweak the subs level knob.
I could only get the Audyssey setup to detect my subwoofer when I set it at the subwoofer's highest level--so 'adjusting the level until Audyssey sees it' doesn't seem to be an option for me. My experience must be unique in this regard; is that the case, everyone?
Originally Posted by gteague
for example: my subwoofer only has a level knob and when i set it to the 50% position and ran the routine, audyssey set it near zero. i later lowered the knob to 33% since i was having to manually set minus (-) 12-15db as the sub was thumping me out of the room--i live in a tiny apartment complex and it was literally shaking the walls--it's a 350w polk which is overkill for my current quarters. now i can set the sub levels manually from approx -3db to -12db depending on the source.
and yes, i realize i somewhat defeated the purpose of the audyssey setup by moving the level knob after the setup had run.
hope i haven't confused the issue further with this.
Thanks for sharing your experiences, Guy. It would be interesting to see what the Audyssey setup recommends if you were to re-run it after you manually lowered the level on your subwoofer to 33%. Did you try that, just to see?
Question for everyone: During the Audyssey setup, the tones from the speakers are very distinct. For the subwoofer, however, I don't hear anything (and the subwoofer is not detected) unless (as mentioned above) I set the subwoofer to its highest level--and even then, all I hear is a very faint "thump thump thump". What am I *supposed* to hear during the setup, if anything? Obviously, my inexperience with Audyssey--and automated speaker setup in general--is showing.
I mentioned that the Audyssey setup set the receiver's subwoofer value to +12 db. It set my left and right front speakers to -6 db and my center center speaker to -7 db. Is that normal? With these settings, watching TV with the subwoofer's level knob still set to its highest level (11) produced overwhelming and near-deafening bass (surprise!). I lowered the receiver's subwoofer level from +12db to 0 db and lowered the subwoofer's level knob to about 6. To my untrained ear, that sounded best. But I'm confused that I had to make such radical adjustments--to both the subwoofer's level knob and to the receiver's subwoofer value. Is my experience typical? And now that the subwoofer sounds good to my untrained ear, is there any value in my re-running Audyssey to see what it suggests? Obviously, like everyone else, I'm sure, I'm trying to get the best, but also the most natural-sounding, audio experience out of my equipment.