Avia sub calibration with satellites vs bookshelves vs floorstanding?

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  1. GregBe

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    I just purchased AVIA to calibrate my system, because of the problems with DVE, and the limited audio capabilities of the original VE.

    I have smaller bookshelves/larger sats that only play down 80hz. I understand that AVIA uses redirected bass from the satellites to get a sub reading. Do different size speakers get you different results?

    The reason I ask is that obviously DVE gives me an undercalibrated sub, but when comparing AVIA to the orginal VE I got a hotter sub with AVIA. It was about 4 dB hotter than the original VE. It sounds better to my ear, but I don't want to assume that a hotter/louder sub is better.

    Any thoughts
    Greg
     
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    probably
     
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    I do a basic calibration with the receiver's test tones, then set the level by ear to what sounds good to me. I listen to familiar passages of music and movies and adjust to a point that sounds about right for everything, which ends up being a dB or two on the hot side [​IMG]
     
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    That is the conclusion that I am coming to. I have 4 different sources (3 from test discs and one from the receiver). I guess when I bought a SPL meter, I thought that the guess work would be gone. From all that I read about AVIA, I thought it would be accurate. Maybe it is accurate and the rest are wrong.

    Any more input would be great

    Greg
     
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    I think there is some finesse needed when calibrating smaller satellite surrounds with floorstanders particularly as regards holes between crossovers, with LFE and bass requiring extra attention to get right.

    But you might find the following interesting reading.
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hlight=Avia+VE
     

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