Originally Posted by Jimmyjames121
Jeffrey, Thank you so much for your responses. And thank you for the links! I have a Yamaha A830, which from what I understand acts as an internal splitter for the subwoofers, so no ability to adjust them separately from the Yamaha. The sub woofers are set in this positions, I have one front right and then back left. My wife sits on the right side of the couch and the bass is amazing over there, it swallows up your whole head. I usually sit on the left side of the couch (we are happily married despite not sitting next to eachother
) and the bass seems to hit the top of my head and I can hear it surrounding the room, but it doesn't engulf my whole brain like it does on the other side. I'm such a noob that I don't even have a mic/spl meter yet. That's prob my first place to start, grabbing a mic or find someone selling their Mini DSP with mic included? Thanks again my friend!
James you're quite welcome, I'm not at all familiar with YPAO, yes you are correct about your sub preouts as they are indeed just splitters and aren't independent outputs. Does your receiver provide a manual speaker setup option with the ability to adjust the output levels of individual speakers. If not, what I described above can't be done unless you download test tones to disc.
I would hold off on the miniDSP for a while, if you really want to get into REW all you need to get started is a USB mic, a laptop, preferably with HDMI output but not absolutely necessary, an inexpensive SPL meter would come in handy as well. Are both subs corner loaded, right front and left rear and is your room open to other areas or sealed. It seems like the front right sub is providing more output because of room boundary gain, front and side wall intersection and you're wife is the recipient of this gain.
If you had a SPL meter you could perform the exercise I described above with a particular movie sound track segment by playing the same 30 second sound tract over and over again with one sub at a time by turning one off (rear) and observing the output at MLP of the front and then do the same for the rear and then turn both on and observe the output. This may help you to identify the problem sub and detect room cancellations.
This is exactly what REW is capable of doing and much more, it has a SPL meter and tone generator so you can measure each sub by itself and combined output of both. You can play some music or movie sound track and adjust the delay of one sub (try front) and have your wife listen at the MLP for any differences in output (loudness) levels up or down as you turn the delay knob. If you're serious about finding out what your speakers and subs are doing in your room and how this effects what you're hearing REW and USB mic are essential.
I would suggest you read the guide and familiarize yourself what REW is capable of and how to get started, it's well worth the effort. Try the phase (delay) option and you might get lucky and improve your bass response at both yours and the misses seating positions.