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Setting Up Your SubWoofer 101

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Setting Up Your SubWoofer 101


Here are some tips on setting up your sub(s).


Subwoofer Setup, Placement and Theories

Audioholics - Crawling for Bass - Subwoofer Placement
Audioholics - Subwoofer Placement Tips for Cabinetry Installations
Audioholics - An Easy Solution To Subwoofer Calibration
Audioholics - Bass Management Basics – Settings Made Simple
Audioholics - Subwoofer Placement Guidelines
Audioholics - Subwoofer Placement - The Place for Bass
Audioholics - Connecting a Subwoofer to a Receiver
Audioholics - Connecting a Subwoofer to a Receiver with No Subwoofer Output
Audioholics - Subwoofer Calibration Using Rives Audio Test CD 2
Audioholics - Setting the Subwoofer / LFE Crossover for Best Performance
Audioholics - Subwoofer Measurement Tactics: A Brief, Topical Overview & Method Comparison
Audioholics - Subwoofer Connection Guide For A Multi Subwoofer System
Axiom Audio - How to Find the Best Place for Your Subwoofer
HTF - The Misunderstood 0.1 LFE Channel in 5.1 by Brian Florian
HTF - Sub Placement & Setup by Tom Nousaine, Chu Gai
HTF - AVIA: Subwoofer Calibration by Guy Kuo
SVS - How Do I Use A Sound Level Meter To Calibrate My Subwoofer?
HSU - Calibrate A Sub With A HSU MBM-12 Mid Bass Module By Cyberbri
Common Subwoofer Set-Up Errors by Edward J M
Subwoofer Setup Guide by Bossobass
AVS - Ed Mullen's Subwoofer Setup Tips
AVS - What's the Big Deal About Crossovers?
AVS - LFE, Subwoofers and Interconnects Explained
HT HiFi - Bass Management Woes: Trouble on the Slopes
Audio Pulse - Myths About Subwoofers
Audio Innovation - Subwoofer Design Theories
Subwoofers: Optimum Number and Locations by Todd Welti
eCoustics - 68 Subwoofer Articles
Quick and Effective Sub Placement, Period! By Carl Kennedy
Sound Thinking - Floyd E. Toole, PhD - Audio White Papers


Speaker Setup, Using SPL Meter

Techlore - How To Calibrate Your Surround System Using an SPL Meter
Audiophilia - Essential Accessories: The Radio Shack Sound Pressure Level Meter
Audioholics - Setting Speaker Levels & Distance in a Surround Sound System
SVS - How Do I Use A Sound Level Meter To Calibrate My Subwoofer?
SVS - Radio Shack SPL Meter Compensation Chart
AVS - Radio Shack SPL Meter Correction Tables



Shakers, ButtKickers and Tranducers

AVS - Shakers - Simple/Cheap Hookup - Visual Guide


Sound Treatments and Acoustics

Audioholics - Introduction to Acoustics
Audioholics - DIY Absorbers for the Less-than-Handy Man
Audioholics - Acoustical Measurements - What are They?
Audioholics - A Guide to Sound Isolation and Noise Control
Audioholics - Room Acoustics: Isolation & Noise Control
Audioholics - Reducing HVAC Noise in Theater Rooms
Audioholics - Early Reflections in Home Theaters: A Different Perspective
Audioholics - Building Great Bass Response In Your Home Theater
Audioholics - Audyssey Labs' MultEQ
Audioholics - The Perfect Room?
Audioholics - Room Acoustics: Acoustic Treatments
Audioholics - Acoustics 101 Course by John Dahl of THX
Audioholics - Acoustics Facts and Fiction by Ethan Winer
Audioholics - Bass Traps - Not Just for Fisherman! by Ethan Winer
Audioholics - Early Reflections in Home Theaters: A Different Perspective
AVS - Acoustical Treatments Master Thread
HT HiFi's - Acoustical Room Treatment: A Survey of Methods and Materials
Loudspeakers and Rooms - Working Together by Floyd E. Toole from Harman
Maximizing Loudspeaker Performance In Rooms by Floyd E. Toole from Harman
Audio – Science in the Service of Art by Floyd E. Toole from Harman
Jon Risch's DIY Acoustic Treatments
AVS - Video On Cutting Rigid Fiberglass for Bass Traps
Bob Gold's Absorption Coefficients
Acoustic Treatment and Design for Recording Studios and Listening Rooms by Ethan Winer
Real Traps - Acoustic Treatment Overview
ATS Acoustics - Sound Absorption and Acoustical Panel FAQ's
GIK Acoustics - Acoustics Primer - Some Basics On Acoustics
Ready Acoustics - Acoustical Primer
Sensible Sound Solutions
Sonopan Acoustics
Quiet Rock - THX Certified Drywall
Green Glue
Auralex SubDude
Owens Corning Rigid Fiberglass 700 Series Insulation


Equipment

Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro DSP1124P
HTS - BFD Guide
HTS - BFD Links
Audioholics - Active Room Correction: A Primer to Audyssey MultEQ Pro


Sound Pressure Level (SPL) Meters

Radio Shack Digital-Display Sound-Level Meter
Radio Shack Analog Display Sound Level Meter
AVS - Radio Shack SPL Meter Correction Tables
SVS's Radio Shack SPL Meter Compensation Chart
CHECK MATE Series Of SPL's


Software

Ovation Multimedia - Avia II: Guide To Home Theater DVD
Digital Video Essentials: Get The Most Out Of Your Home Entertainment System DVD
AVS - jeffreylebowski's Free Software for First Reflection Points
AVS - Room EQ Wizard Help Thread
HTS - Room EQ Wizard
HTS - BFD Guide
HTS's BFD Links
SPL Calculator by C.M.Collins
Harman Kardon - Waves & Modes-A Room Resonances Locater (XLS spreadsheet)
TrueRTA Audio Spectrum Analyzer
AVS - TrueRTA For Dummies
Audio Spectrum Analyzer - Spectrum Lab (Waterfall Chart)


Test Tones, DVD's

Realm Of Excursion (Download Section)
RealTraps - Test Tone CD
Bink Audio Test CD
Rives Audio Test CD 2
Stay in Tune with PentaTone
AVS - DIY Audio Test DVD
VB-Audio - Sine Wave Generator - "LF Generator"


Ground Loops and Hum

Audioholics - Thinking in Isolation – A Primer on Ground Loops
Audioholics - Ground Loops - Eliminating System Hum and Buzz
HUM FAQ by Bill Lummus
Home Tech - RF Attenuators, Filters, & DC Blockers
Impact Acoustics - Isolation Transformers


For more Info on Setting Up the rest of your Home Theater, see these threads:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post10118822
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1045531
post #2 of 112
Please, sticky this thread!
post #3 of 112
Wow, excellent work!

+1 for making this a sticky
post #4 of 112
dang!

DrPain bringin' it. Going for sticky #2!
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Very nice - thanks!
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Now I know why you call yourself Dr Pain. You make things painlessly easy!


Ian
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Great "prescription" to many questions....thanks doc!
post #8 of 112
Great thread, not that you don't have enough, but in case you missed it, I really
like this one
http://www.robbroy.net/HT/SubwooferErrors.cfm
Maybe you can add that one as well.
And this needs to be a sticky.
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Excellent job, Pain!
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Excellent Post Pain.

Sticky this puppy.
post #11 of 112
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Originally Posted by MIkeDuke View Post

Great thread, not that you don't have enough, but in case you missed it, I really
like this one
http://www.robbroy.net/HT/SubwooferErrors.cfm
Maybe you can add that one as well.
And this needs to be a sticky.

its there under "Common Subwoofer Set-Up Errors by Edward J M"


thanks to all for the kind words.
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dang!

DrPain bringin' it. Going for sticky #2!

it would actually be #3
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bump back mountain
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Originally Posted by DrPainMD View Post

bump back mountain

Excellent efforting!
post #15 of 112
Great archive of info. for noobs like me!
post #16 of 112
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Originally Posted by froggyliver View Post

Great archive of info. for noobs like me!

I second that. I just spent over an hour reading this so far. Good thing is I know more now, bad thing is I need more answers to the more questions I have.
Thanks very much.
post #17 of 112
Great thread! Lots of great info, sticky plz!!!!!
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Originally Posted by ohills View Post

Great thread! Lots of great info, sticky plz!!!!!

lots of sticky requests ...oh my
post #19 of 112
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Originally Posted by ThePlungerMan View Post

I second that. I just spent over an hour reading this so far. Good thing is I know more now, bad thing is I need more answers to the more questions I have.
Thanks very much.

your welcome, and welcome to SUB land!
post #20 of 112
Great job.. Thanks
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STICKY-icky-icky!
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It almost made to the second page!!!
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Bump and +1 for sticky.
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Just a guide like a bassaholic like me needs. Thanks a lot.
And, btw: Hi everyone - first post here
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welcome
post #26 of 112
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post #27 of 112
Hey great post thanks

I have a questions regarding the connection of my sub woofer

My amp has the Sub woofer out single RCA plug, but my subwoofer has a left / right RCA input on the back. To which of them should I connect it? Or should I use a cheap Y connection to make the single output from the receiver connect to both left and right on the sub?

thanks
J
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Originally Posted by jr07 View Post

Hey great post thanks

I have a questions regarding the connection of my sub woofer

My amp has the Sub woofer out single RCA plug, but my subwoofer has a left / right RCA input on the back. To which of them should I connect it? Or should I use a cheap Y connection to make the single output from the receiver connect to both left and right on the sub?

thanks
J

just hook it up to the left. btw what sub do u have?
post #29 of 112
Mission 70as

I love it, its a big black mean looking machine box,.

but Im not sure Im getting the most out of it. I dont know what the X Over and Phase knobs are for, for instance, and Im not sure if it should be connected from the Subwoofer out RCA of my Dolby prologic HK AVI 250 or from the Subwoofer Out RCA plug of my HK ADP DD processor!

J
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