Originally Posted by Morty2
Greetings - I have been lurking for some time, and have enjoyed most everyone's input over the last few months...
I've got an issue I with my SSP-800, and I want to see if anyone else has encountered this with theirs... Though from reading recent posts, I'm pretty certain owl1 has the same problem.
First, a note about my system: I'm using all XLR balanced interconnects
to the amp for my 7 speakers (Paradigm Signature series), and for the connections to the two subs (Paradigm Signature Servo-15s). My only inputs are a Marantz DVD (9500) and the Motorola cable box - both using HDMI interconnects.
Under normal circumstances, you would plug the prime sub into the SUB output, and the secondary sub into the AUX1, assign a configuration with all speakers set to SMALL, crossover at 80Hz, Sub ENABLED, E-bass-OFF, Aux channels set to SUB, TWO MONO SUBS. When I do this, the observed bass level is pathetically low. And so I started experimenting. (BTW, Aux 1 wouldn't work with this setup for 1.0.0, so you had to use Aux2... then I thought it was fixed for 1.0.1? But with 1.0.2, it doesn't work anymore... grrrr!!).
If I put both subs into Aux1 and Aux2, set the speakers to SMALL/80Hz, sub OFF, aux channels Down-Mix Variable: this works GREAT! This provides the level of bass I expect. Both of my subs then use their internal crossover to clip off the high frequencies. Both subs are set to about 50% volume. This bass level is very similar to what I got out of the system with my previous processor (Anthem Statement D2).
However, this is clearly not the preferred configuration. I really want to use the crossover internal to the SSP to do the clipping of signals to the subs.
Without going on and on (more than I already have), I've tried EVERYTHING. My dealer (working with Classé) actually replaced the unit, thinking it must be defective. But NO - the new unit behaves exactly the same..! So now I'm stumped..!
It gets a little stranger - but I'll stop here and wait for comment. By the way - to be clear, the new unit is running 1.0.2. For all configurations, I set the 7 speakers to SMALL/80Hz... and for all test scenarios; I have tried to keep all variables the same... and ALL channels (7 + 2 subs) use XLR balanced cables.
BTW - this issue persists with any DVD I try, and any cable channel... the surround sound setting (DD-EX / PLIIx / whatever) does not matter.
So what do you think? Does anyone use XLR cables for their 7.2 system?? Any input would certainly be appreciated..!!!