I am trying to get a dual configuration with my Denon x3300 .. one where my sub runs hot and my Audio sounds absolutely splendid... and 2.. where I can watch tv and movies in the same house with my wife and daughter
ref pasted below for convenience and i bolded the confusing part.
After reading the below and reference. I still dont have an answer with an explanation. I want to run my sub hot... so I ran Audyssey so that the trim on the sub was at -10.5. According to the below.. or how i interpret it, is that I should then manually adjust the sub trim to fall into -3.5 - +3.5 zone to fall into the sweet spot for audyssey AFTER i run audysesey. I did this.. and everything sounds absolutely amazing!!!! (Dynamic EQ is on. Dynamic Volume is off)... However this is not a livable configuration for me for daily use unfortunately...
Essentially what I want to do is have a setup where I can listen to my current config ... (Audyssey run at -10.sub trim and me changing it to -3.5) AND switching to a mode where its reasonable for daily living...
Yes.. i am aware of dynamic volume.. and that is an option, however i feel that flattens the sound out a lot...
1.) a fundamental config question..... Are there issues when the trim is set below -3.5?
2.) if above is yes.. should I re-run audyssey to fit more into the -3.5db range and then turn the trim up from there?
3.) any other settings or thoughts i should be considering?
Thanks in advance!!!
f)4. If I want to run my subs a little 'hot' where should I make the changes?
Many people prefer to run their subs a little hotter than Reference. That's fine but remember to make the adjustment in the AVR or Pre-Pro trim settings and not on the sub itself. This makes it easier to return to a known starting point if you decide to go back later. Adjusting the trims does not in any way invalidate the calibration but it may affect the way Dynamic EQ works (see elsewhere in this FAQ for more info - link below).
There is one caveat to the advice above: if adjusting the AVR trims to make the sub hotter takes the final trim setting outside the +/-3.5dB recommended range, please read the information below.
You may want to consider this comment from Ed Mullen, Director of Technology at renowned subwoofer manufacturer SVS:
"A general rule when level matching the subs and the speaker channels is to run the gain hotter at the subs and the AVR sub trim level cooler. That keeps the AVR sub signal clean and allows upward adjustability to run the sub hotter if needed."
In other words, if you prefer to raise the sub level above the 'Reference' level set after running Audyssey (i.e., run the subs 'hotter'), you should raise the sub gain control so that after running Audyssey, the sub level is set to a bigger minus value (eg. -9db). This will ensure that, after raising the sub volume using the AVR trim control to suit your 'Preference', the final sub trim level is still set to between +/-3.5db.
This advice is only for those who wish to run their subs hotter. The point of Ed's comment is that there are effectively two ways to achieve the objective of running the sub hotter:
One is to simply turn up the level on the sub trim in the AVR. But this could mean that you end up with a sub trim of something like +8dB, which is not a good idea for various reasons.
The other is to turn up the gain on the sub itself, but this is not recommended because it makes it more difficult to return the sub to its original Audyssey calibration level if required. Adjusting the sub trim in the AVR is functionally equivalent to adjusting the sub's gain, but also easily allows restoring the original setting.
So the best advice is to do what Ed suggests - turn up the gain on the subs and then re-run Audyssey. Because you have turned up the gain on the sub, Audyssey will set the trim on your AVR lower. This means you can then go into the AVR menu and turn up the sub trim level without exceeding the recommended -3.5dB-+3.5dB range.