Originally Posted by braveheart123
Is it not??
Also, I do have rat shack spl meter, hence the reason for clarification on 3rd point.
LOL! I appreciate your thoroughness. It SHOULD be important to ALL of us.
I decided to more properly read your subwoofer inquiry.
Although, I cannot directly answer your questions, I can throw a few things at you that should be of interest.
1. SPL meters are notorious for being less reliable in the lower sound frequency range.
2. I read somewhere, from someone that Cirrus Logic chips inherently run the subwoofer something like 8db too hot. And he found that on multiple AVR's from different brands.
3. For me to achieve proper sub level relative to Anthem's ARC, the sub was down about -8 db from 0. For CA's 2EQ I am down about -15 db for proper balance.
For ME, it is a matter of what the AVR does. For whatever reason, the CA pushes TONS of bass out the sub relative to the Anthem MRX700 (or Arcam AVR400 for that matter) for example, without level adjustments. I find it hard to believe anyone could handle it. Now I've found Audyssey's 2EQ Autosetup catches most of this in it's setup for basic settings -- levels/distance/crossovers/etc.
If you are finding sub levels are out of control HOT for you, I have to ask, are you using speakers levels that Audyssey set for you? ALSO, AVR's have leveling limits. If the subwoofer level setting is maxed out at -10db for instance, then you need to dramatically turn down the level on the sub itself to help the AVR handle it.