Originally Posted by Jeparisoe
How hot are most of you running your subs? When first calibrated my Pb3k I followed the quick instructions from the box that said to turn the gain to -10. Well this showed in the Audessy calibration that the sub was putting out around 90-93 db(obviously way over 75 that it wants), but I just left it there and calibrated anyway. After calibration the sub trim was at -12db, which I guess makes sense.
Running with those settings just felt like way too much at all times, so I contacted SVS chat and they told me to re-calibrate with the sub putting out 80-82 Db, which I then did. After doing that it sounds great, but it just does not feel like it has as much impact as I was hoping(maybe i haven't turned it up enough yet, haven't had a lot of time to play with it since.)
Really my question is just what levels you all are running at to make it feel right for you?
This really isn't a question where anyone else can give you direct answers. Even if someone else had the same model subwoofer, in the same size room, the subwoofer location and its interaction with the room would probably be different. And, so would the other person's listening habits, master volume levels (that also determines subwoofer demand) and bass listening preferences. I'm sure you are right that you just haven't turned the subwoofer up enough since you recalibrated with it at a lower gain setting.
It would probably be helpful for you to at least read the Cliff Notes at the beginning of the Guide in my signature. Much more detail on setting subwoofer volumes follows in Section II. The shortest possible version of the story is to turn-up the volume on your subwoofer until you are happy with the amount of bass you hear. Don't be surprised, though, if you like more bass for some listening material than you do for other material. You can turn the volume of your sub either up or down by using the remote control on your AVR, or the app on your cell phone.
The Guide will explain the best ways to use the subwoofer's own gain control and the AVR trim control. How you balance those two can be a little bit helpful to understand, but how much bass you add for any given content, on any given day, is going to be an entirely personal decision. FWIW, I believe that most people who employ Audyssey's DEQ probably boost their sub(s) by about 3db to 6db after the Audyssey calibration. Again, though, sub boosts will vary both by individual, and by content for individuals.
I hope this helps!