Originally Posted by Selden Ball
The manual that came with your subwoofer (and is downloadable from their Web site) explains this in detail, but the intent is to blend the subwoofer's upper frequency limit with the lower frequency limit of your main speakers in your room so that none of the sound is lost or exaggerated. (The "in your room" part is important. Speakers and subwoofers sound quite different in a home listening environment than they do in a showroom or in the manufacturer's test setup.)
The detailed manual implies that the subwoofer should have come with a "Quick Start" guide. Did it? Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available for downloading from their Web site.
As the NAD rep suggested, the easiest way to connect the subwoofer to the rest of your system is to connect the receiver's two preamp outputs (pre out 1) directly to the subwoofer's corresponding two inputs: the one labelled LFE and the one right above it. Which cable goes to which of those two inputs doesn't matter. The cables will need to be quite long, since where you put the subwoofer is one of the things which will determine how good it will sound. A corner is often recommended, but just as a starting point.
No the $2,000 sub did not come with a Quick Start guide nor manual! (Yeah I am pissed.) BTW, Velodyne's help desk is pathetic.
I really have no appetite for these 50 page manuals (which I did download and print out) especially since I did not study audio lingo so I need to look up every word used to turely understand what I am doing.
I wanted to but this through my local dealer as he would have come over and set it up (and given me a better price) but Velodyne went internet direct so my dealer said bye bye.
All in all I am not happy with anything velodyne at this point (as if you can't tell, lol) but I do think this sub has some serious potential.
You brief explanation is exactly what I needed to understand to star, thanks.
I believe I have heard two schools of though on a sub in a 2 channel system. One suggests that your main speakers should play as always, full signal and that the sub should supplement. Another suggests that the mains should give up lower signals to the sub and just play mid and upper. Am I understanding this correctly and if so, which do you suggest and why? 2.1 channel system not 5.1 or 7.1.