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I tried a sub in my HT for the first time. I calibrated the level using my SPL meter to match the volume of the other speakers when using the test tone from my Theta Casa Nova. This volume didn't seem loud enough. So I turned it up to how I liked it.


How does everyone else set their volume?


Technically, is using the SPL meter to match volumes the correct way? If it is then you don't really need a very big sub or multiple subs for this "small" level of output. For example I was at the dealer demoing an Aerial SW12. The dealer had the level matched using an SPL meter. My tiny little Rel Strata III in home demo where I turned up the volume had way more "bang" than the Aerial.
 

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Yes, setting the sub relative to our other channels using the SPL meter is the correct way. Many people who are not used to having a sub require time getting used to what it's like having a dedicated LFE channel/Sub. My own suggestion would be to leave it calibrated at the same level as the other channels for a few weeks before tweaking to preference to give you a better baseline for comparison.

Here's a couple of links for you.
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...pril-2000.html
http://www.cheaphometheater.com/audio%20calibration.htm
http://www.smr-home-theatre.org/Sub-woofer-Set-Up/


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Originally posted by Robert Joe

I tried a sub in my HT for the first time. I calibrated the level using my SPL meter to match the volume of the other speakers when using the test tone from my Theta Casa Nova. This volume didn't seem loud enough. So I turned it up to how I liked it.


How does everyone else set their volume?

Hi, Robert. I set mine up exactly the way you did. Bottom line: "So I turned it up to how I liked it" Sums it up. Don't you think? After all why would you set any other way than how you like it?:D
 

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On my HSU VTF-2 I have it set to about 1/4 of the total volume. It is a little less than 1/4 though. And let me tell you, you can feel it in your chest when an explosion happens. :D


BTW, I calibrated it to the output of my other speakers with an SPL and AVIA. I made it run about 3-4 dB hot though, because I like a lot of bass.
 

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It's a scene from "Spinal Tap." A Rob Reiner (aka: Meathead) film.


Tom, please tell me that's the reference, so I don't feel like a complete dork?!


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Ohh okay, I have never seen that movie, so it didn't make sense to me. I guess that would be comical if you understood the reference. :)
 
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