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post #1 of 9
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My receiver only has one mono LFE pre-out. I currently have a Y-adaptor at the end of the run plugging in to the sub L & R inputs.

I have a Velodyne DLS-4000 Sub (12"/200 Watt RMS). I previously had the CHT-15. The CHT-15 was very very loud, but was too boomy for my taste.

The DLS-4000 is much smoother and tighter, but not as loud (not as earth shaking as the CHT15 was).

What happens when I use a Y-Adapter to two separate subs? Will the signal be split in half? If so, I'm wondering if the AUTO on feature would not work since the subs may not detect a weaker signal....

I'm just wondering if the split signal would cancel out any gains from the second sub.

...or would the signal remain about the same (same voltage, lower impedance), and would I get almost double the LFE effect in the room?
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post #3 of 9
I believe the signal might drop a little so you'd need to boost the level on the sub(s) or the receiver. The AUTO feature would benefit by turning up the receiver. I rememer reading that splitting a mono signal into the L and R inputs boosts the sub's sensitivity to the signal, but you are not getting anything that you couldn't get by turning up the levels.

Are your sub levels currently maxed out?
post #4 of 9
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I currently keep the sub gain/volume at around 10 o'clock on the dial for regular TV viewing. When I watch movies, I crank it up from 1 o'clock to 3 o'clock. Sounds good, but not as loud as the CHT-15 was.

My room is rather large (15x15) that opens up to the kitchen (also 15x15) so the total area to pressurize is about 15x30.

I'll run some tests with a Y-Adapter and only one side connected to my one sub to see what happens.
post #5 of 9
It shouldn't be a problem.

I'm splitting my LFE signal, then have Y-adapters to each of my subs, and one of them has 20' of RCA cable to go through and still spits out a great sound.
post #6 of 9
Try connecting your 2nd sub to the speaker terminal inputs. I tried it and it sounded good, but let me also say that I have since moved on to just 1 better sub and the sound is even better than when i had 2 or more subs inline. Good Luck. Johnny:D
post #7 of 9
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Originally posted by Armand28
It shouldn't be a problem.

I'm splitting my LFE signal, then have Y-adapters to each of my subs, and one of them has 20' of RCA cable to go through and still spits out a great sound.

This is exactly what I was planning.

I did some tests yesterday. When I split the one LFE signal with a Y-Adapter, I lose about 3 db. This was easily compensated for by turning up the gain on the sub about a quarter turn.


The auto sense feature seemed to be pretty much unaffected. Looks like the auto sense feature may work on voltage, rather than audio signal.
post #8 of 9
The 3db is the loss number I remeber. That's a feature of the gain on the amp. My thought about using a splitter on one sub to input into the L/R is you're adding a chance for signal corruption.

I would not use the speaker-level input because you should be running your sub with your speakers electronically x-overed.
post #9 of 9
You can split you LFE with no problem. You do lose some gain but get extra headroom and possible better distributed bass. If you are not careful with placement and calibration, you get the opposite effect - cancellation and overall bass problems.

One common solution is to stack both subs on top of each other in a selected corner for additional reinforcement. Some "experts" swear by this.

If you search under "two subs" or "multiple subs", you'll get an overload of info, including links to some fairly technical papers on number, location and crossover freq for subs.

Regards,

John
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