Originally Posted by Titan319
That's exactly the issue my surrounds are close to my MLP so im trying to compensate for the -12 numbers. I guess there is no easy fix not to mention there is a pad 6db on my sub for the xlr connection so there is no 6db increase if i use rca or xlr's on my SVS pb 12 plus. That's another issue lol today i can't win. I guess the one very big positive is i do love the XT32 vs the XT on my Denon 4308. I can finally apply it to music without a cupped sound.
I'd forget using XLR. Unless you have a noise issue, they have no sonic advantages over RCA. It seems odd to use XLR on the sub and then put a 6dB pad in - you may as well just use RCA and be done with it. If your surrounds are maxing out at -12dB with XLR then switching to RCA may well solve it for you, as it does with me.
XLR has a nicer connection than RCA, but how many times do you make and break the connection? In the Pro world where they do this every day, on gigs for example, and frequently in studio setups, a more robust connector can be beneficial - but for consumers who typically make a connection one time and then hardly ever touch it again, the benefit is negligible to none.