Originally Posted by Hksvr4
Hey G, where is the volume knob on the sub? On mine, I have it at 12pm and 3/4 +db up on the receiver. I find that it works for me. The lower the sub volume, the tighter the bass? So if I lower the volume on the sub and increase the level on the reciever. The out come would be loud and deep tight bass. I also tried it the other way around, and it's not what I like. The bass was all over the place.
Up until this evening I had the sub gain around 10am, and level @ +2.5 on the receiver. This was with middle room placement. But as my experimenting continues, I tried another scenario last night. I moved the sub back into the corner, but this time I caddy cornered it. In my settings described above, the sub became 3-4 db hotter in that placement. Keep in mind my ports are still plugged, and man was it impressive! I listened to music only and it was tight, controlled, and mean sounding big bass! Like you described, there was no overhang whatsoever! I even compared this with my pricey PSB Synch One’s bass without the sub and it was REALLY close in tightness and pitch definition. The main difference was, with the sub on, the bottom end was much deeper and full. In all fairness though I kept my mains running full range when I made the comparison because unless I am listening to extremely low bass music or heavy bass movies, I run my mains full range all the time. The blend is seamless and I am impressed at how musical the Phoenix is! It’s been a challenge to dial in this big 18” driver but I am getting there. At this time I prefer sealed (for the best sound q) and caddy cornered (for the most output).
I didn't have time to run Audyssey yet (it hasn't been quiet enough) but this time I'll run it with the sub gain set at 11-12 and see what happens. If my estimations are correct, Audyssey should set the sub level at -1 if I am at 11am on the sub gain.
I also agree with you ... for music I can raise the level 2-3 db but I've found that with Audyssey, it already does that because when I measure, my trusty spl meter reads around 78-83 db. Mains and surrounds are set to 75.