I searched 'Ask Audyssey' and this is what Chris had to say;
"There is no need to worry about getting the speakers to have 0 dB level adjustment. The whole point of calibrating is to let Audyssey measure and automatically set the levels. As long as the sub level is not out of the range that the AVR can handle (–12 dB for most AVRs) then you are fine. This "need" to get the sub close to 0 dB is one of those silly internet myths that have no basis (imagine that!)."
June 26, 2012 04:19 pm
This post, cited from "Ask Audyssey," sparked my interest, because I had also read quite a few Q&A from that site and I found this quote from Chris:
"You are fine. This is still in the range that the AVR can compensate. You only need to turn down the sub level (and run MultEQ again) if the reported level is –12 dB. Then you are at the limit of the AVR range and don't know if more adjustment may be needed."
In both quotes from Chris he only addresses the concern of a trim level of -12dB. He never once speaks of a concern for the other end of the spectrum: +12dB....and as you all know, that's the trim level that I'm most concerned about with my setup. I read, for over an hour, pages of Q&A from that site and never once was a large positive trim addressed. I guess that *could* be because no one has ever encountered my particular problem (with the exception of Keith, who years ago had a trim level of +10dB resulting in a damaged sub amp). I'm somewhat baffled that this case is so unique!
Well, our company has gone so I'm ready to begin my "experiments" once again. I plan to do several things, including swapping my sub cable with another one just to make sure the cable isn't the culprit. I may also move my sub to the other end of the front stage to see if that makes a difference. If those don't produce any positive results, I plan to reconnect my Pioneer receiver and run MCACC again to see what trim levels I get with a sub gain of 12 o'clock. If that turns out to be good, then I'll reconnect the Onkyo and do a reset and try another calibration. If that doesn't solve the problem then I'll....why then I'm out of options (as far as I can tell) and I'LL PUNT!!!
Isn't Home Theater addiction FUN?!