Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Hey, stop! Don't buy any more subs yet.
Your subs have more juice in them you just aren't letting them loose.
Your "calibration" is not final. Just run the calibration at 1/4 gain on both subs like you have it. Maybe a little higher, like 1/3.
THEN AFTER calibration, you can turn the bass up!!!! Use those gain knobs on the subs to dial in a touch more bass. Use the Subwoofer Level on the receiver to add in a few more dB. Maybe don't go above +5 or so. Go higher till you're happy, just listen to your subs for distortion or bottoming out or too much port noise.
If you replace the subs, you'd still have this same problem. The receiver's calibration is neutering the subs because it is set for a neutral frequency response. Sure, that's what might be good for regular people. But if you have two subs, you probably like some good bass. So that "calibration" is just a suggestion and probably won't give you the thump and/or rumble you crave with any subs.
I think I have my subs set +12dB higher than the "calibration" of my receiver. A lot of people do.
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