Originally Posted by fuhoser
Hey gang, forgive me if this is a dumb question, but I have to ask because this is killing me. I recently purchased an A5-350 and love the sub, but I want it to be more "active" when listening to TV music, video games, and movies. As is right now, I only hear it when the deep bass hits or loud effects happen. I know some may prefer this and I also understand that this is most often the desired effect, however, I would like to be able to hear the sub more often. Any ideas? I am running it at 80hz from my Onkyo TX-NR906, the crossover on the amp is turned all the way up and the gain is at 12 o'clock. I've tried playing with settings on the receiver, but haven't found the sweet spot. Tried the bass crawl and from what I can tell, it's in the best spot in my basement. Any ideas? If this is the wrong forum, please let me know the best place to post. Thanks!
Are you running Audyssey? If not, I would suggest running it. It will do its best to give you the flattest response it can for your room dynamics. It should also level match all your speakers.
I typically run my subs 7 or 8db louder than the rest of my speakers as I think it just sounds better. So after Audyssey runs, I increase the level on the Avr for my subs by that amount (after verifying the level settings with my spl meter).
If you aren't pleased with that result, I would graph your FR response as Nzeff had suggested. This will tell you what is going on. IMO, the 'detail' slam type bass for subs is around 40-50hz and up or so. If your curve below 40hz is a lot higher than the above 40hz, this could explain your perceived loss of 'loudness' for music, etc. To correct, moving your sub or integrating your other sub into the mix may help significantly.
This is where the endless tweaking starts to occur to try and achieve a 'flat' response to give you the most accurate (detailed) reproduction of the sub channel.