Originally Posted by flyinion
I would lower the volume on the sub and re run your avr cal. 12 is probably bottomed out. Get it so the avr is showing around -5 and you're good. Gives you plenty of room to bump up in the avr or the sub itself as desired.
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Originally Posted by ctsv510
Congrats! If Audyssey set your sub trim to -12 then it's at its max negative trim and not a good calibration. You should turn the sub dial up a bit and re-run Audyssey until it gives you a trim above -12, and then you can increase the trim if you want more.
EDIT: flyinion beat me to it...
You guys are actually saying opposite things, with one recommending lowering the subwoofer gain, and the other recommending raising the subwoofer gain.
Obviously, only one of those procedures will result in a higher trim setting. An easy way to remember this is that, during a calibration, gain and trim are inversely proportional--raise one and the other goes down; lower one and the other goes up.
I agree that -12 is maxed-out, so it's hard to know exactly where Audyssey would have put the trim level. I would lower the gain one click, and rerun Audyssey, in order to find out. On the other hand, a good final target for the trim level is around -5. So, if the OP wants to end-up at about -5 (in order to keep the trim well in negative numbers) and still wants to be able to add or subtract some bass with his remote, then he will need to be at about -8 or -9 after the calibration.
Personally, I shoot for -11 or -11.5 (but not -12) when I do a calibration. Then, I use a combination of sub gain increase and trim increase to get to the highest bass levels I will ever use, without exceeding about -5 in trim. Once I know that is the highest I will want to go, it's easy for me to use my remote to remove
a few decibels from that -5 setting whenever I want to. There are lots of different ways to do this, though. The key is just to try to keep the AVR subwoofer trim in negative numbers, and shooting for about -5, as the highest trim setting we use, is a pretty good target.