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Hi, I have a digital Radio Shack Sound meter that I bought when I first started my home theater hobby. It's been like 6 years. Can any body show how many db should I set my sub too? What is the ideal db's people set it to? 70,75,80,85???? Let me know thanks.
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I would set each one to 78db's.
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Rule of thumb I follow, set the subs +3db hotter than what you set the rest of your speakers to. So if your speakers are calibrated for 75db, set your subs to 78.
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Why not set it to 75db like the other speakers?

Does it have something to do with how the Radio Shack meter processes the sub test tone?


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Thankyou I will set it to 78 Dbs.
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Why not set it to 75db like the other speakers?

Does it have something to do with how the Radio Shack meter processes the sub test tone?


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There are some frequencies where the RS SPL is deficient. I remember printing out the posted list and using it about 10 years ago. There was a list of corrections for the analog and the digital meters. The lists were obviously for calibration purposes and not for general dB levels.
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I'm getting a receiver with sub eq. I think should save me alot of trouble.
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The limitation is the bandwidth of the microphone element, it is only efficient down to about 60Hz. Below 60Hz it rolls off very steeply..

IMHO..
I wouldn't worry so much about an SPL measurement for the sub, but be more concerned with a full bandwidth response without the bass being too boomy... Set the other loudspeakers @ a balanced SPL level, set the subwoofer level on the box itself to about 50-60% rotation. Next starting with the Subwoofer's level set @ 0dB in the AVR, you should only have to make minor tweaks..

Also physical positioning of the subwoofer within the listening room can greatly affect the bass, distance from the wall or being in a corner delivering the most bass.

Keep in mind, that the sub level can/will vary greatly with various source materials with music or cinema tracks.. Plus personal taste of the listener..

Just my $0.02..
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