Originally Posted by FriendofSonic
It's not the tweaking that bothers me, but having to use excessively high settings. I'll have to check again, but I feel like I was really maxing out the receiver and subwoofer settings, and getting a result that didn't resemble the result I got from hooking up my phone directly to the sub and running volume at 12 'o' clock. I have concerns about damaging the sub by extending the volume past 2 o clock, if it should require it, and maxing out the db level in the receiver. Should I have those concerns?
I got to where I wanted with a 2 o'clock setting on the sub and a +1-3 dB setting on AVR sub output. I think this is within reason, and it gives me room in both directions if I need it.
If you need to max out both the sub volume and the AVR sub output to get good bass, then I wouldn't like that either. It gives no room in one direction, and it just subjectively feels like things are being pushed hard. With my last sub I had to run the sub output at +9 dB from the AVR with the sub volume at 75 or 80% (that sub had a different kind of setup, as it was part of a 5.1 system and I had to go through its control module, so I dealt with it).
Assuming no distortion is introduced, is there a difference between running the sub output 3-6dB hot and just having an AVR that runs it at that level normally? Someone would have to verify, but I think I've read that turning the sub volume to max or near max isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Best of luck either getting your AVR set how you like it, or finding one that you prefer.