Originally Posted by toolwarrior
Sorry again, AustinJerry. I missed this quesiton first time through. The Onkyo 809 does have Audyssey MultiEQ XT, however, before letting Audyssey fiddle with the level settings and introduce yet another variable. I am changing all levels and settings manually at this point.
BTW, I went to school in Austin. Graduated from UT years ago. Best years of my life. Wish I could have stayed. Austin is a great town.
Thanks for the additional details. I suspect the unwanted noise you are hearing is some sort of wireless interference. I was never able to get the wireless connection working for my ULS-15's without static noise. Others on this thread have reported similar issues, which is unfortunate, because a reliable wireless connection would be desirable and, in your case, perhaps essential. I recommend temporarily using a wired connection to see if the problem goes away. If it does, then you can try several things, like trying different wireless channels or turning off other wireless devices (cordless phones, wireless routers) to see if you can isolate the cause.
Regarding the weak bass level, there is something I still am not understanding. There are two controls that affect the overall bass level--the gain control on the back of the sub, and the sub channel trim level in the AVR. The +7 level in the AVR is not really an issue, but if you are concerned about it, then simply raise the sub gain and lower the AVR trim. My gain controls are approx 11 o'clock on the dial. The important thing is that you establish a measured level of 75dB at the primary listening point. Once this is accomplished, I recommend running Audyssey RC. If you have room issues, Audyssey will be a step in the right direction. If you feel that the AVR trim level is still too high after running Audyssey, raise the gain level on the sub and re-run Audyssey. (Note that if the trim is +12, i.e. maxed out, then you MUST raise the sub gain and re-run the RC.). And finally, if the trim is in an acceptable range, but the bass is still weak, then it is perfectly acceptable to raise the AVR trim level to achieve levels more to your liking. Raise the AVR trim, not the sub gain.
HTG's suggestion of driving the wireless transmitter using both the left and right signals from the AVR using a Y-cable is definitely something to try as well. I believe it raises the signal level to the sub by approx 6dB, which may help your situation.
+1 on Austin being a nice town! It's never too late to come back...