I'll be looking to upgrade my AVR in the next few months to a year. One of the features I'm looking for is an AVR with two sub pre-outs that has the capability to apply level and delay adjustments to each sub independently.
I know many of us already have a miniDSP for subwoofer EQ and that can also provide this functionality, however I do all of my EQ and room correction in software on my HTPC (my only source) and so I do not have a miniDSP and I'm loathe to buy one just for this one feature when some AVRs can do it.
Until recently I had assumed that any modern AVR advertised as supporting 'x.2.x' would have this capability.
Then I read the below quoted comment in this thread
which made me question my assumption. This quote is from post #20
. For context, he is replying to
who has an Onkyo TX-NR787 according to his sig.
Originally Posted by m. zillch
Just so you know, I checked your manual and as I suspected (and as is quite common) the two sub outs are really nothing more than an internal Y-cord split. You have no independent control for EQ, L vs R, phase (distance), nor level. They are just two identical mono outs. Page 10:
"Stereophonic" sub outs are rare, but there are a few oddballs out there which allow it as an alternate configuration such as one or two Yamahas.
1.) Exactly how rare is 'rare'? Am I seriously limited in my options by making this feature a requirement?
2.) Is there a list that someone has compiled of AVRs that do have this capability? Or anything at all that would save me from the laborious task trawling through the owner's manuals for every AVR model I consider?
All advice appreciated.