Dual sub pre-outs from receiver?

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  1. Rick Radford

    Rick Radford Supporting Actor

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    My Onkyo 989 has dual pre-outs for the sub. If I get lucky and am able to pick up a 2nd SVS, what benefit, if any would I see by using this?

    My current setup is:

    Onkyo sub pre-out1 into BFD1124p left channel (input #1) into Samson input #2 (stereo mode).

    If there's no benefit to using the 2nd pre-out, I would save some $$ by not having to get more interconnects (Onk to BFD to S700), and could just change the BFD #1 out to S700 input #1, change to parallel mode, and only need some speaker wire for the 2nd SVS.

    If I use the 2nd pre-out, I'd need an interconnect from the Onk to the BFD, then from the BFD to the S700. However, this would allow me to use the 2nd channel (engine) of the BFD to set up different filters (of the same preset) to control the 2nd sub. Right now I have only one BFD engine running (to cut down on light pollution).

    I guess another alternative would be to get an RCA to dual 1/4 Y adapter for the receiver to the BFD? Or is there a downside to splitting the one pre-out from the Onk?

    If I do nothing but just change the S700 input to #1, switch to parallel mode, and connect a 2nd sub, the current filters I'm using on the BFD would apply to both subs, right? And maybe that would work if they are both in the same corner?

    Help! My brain is full!

    Is there an optimal setup for the above?
     
  2. Brian Fellmeth

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    Using a Y splitter on one of the sub outs is the equivlent of using both sub outs. They are just wired together inside the chassis. I see no benefit to running separate equalization engines for the two subs whether they are side by side or not- seems better to me to just equalize the sum of their output by equaloizing them as a unit through one BFD engine. As far as the other question- would the Sampson perform better in 2 channel mode with two separate input signals or in parallel mode with one copy of the signal- I have no idea.
     
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    Rick,
     
  4. Rick Radford

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    Brian,
    >Using a Y splitter on one of the sub outs is the equivlent of using both sub outs. They are just wired together inside the chassis.<
    Good. That may simplify my task (assuming the budget committee chairperson approves the acquisition of the 2nd sub!)
    >I see no benefit to running separate equalization engines for the two subs whether they are side by side or not- seems better to me to just equalize the sum of their output by equaloizing them as a unit through one BFD engine.<
    If I were to place a sub in each of the front corners, I've already seen that the LF corner is a one note corner, but has about 5 or 6 dB more rise than the RF corner. It would seem to me that the desirable EQ process would be to EQ each sub seperately, then see how they blend and tweak from there. I think this would require both engines and that would be the subject of another thread!
    I can put them both in one corner, which would likely simplify this. OTOH, the WAF might like a more balanced look with the subs in both corners.
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    Dan, you've confirmed what I was thinking. Thanks.
    High Point is just up I85 from Charlotte about 90 miles. Come on up!
    > Perhaps a local HTF meet is in order?<
    Sounds good to me! Maybe we could invade Conrad's place and solve the mystery of his lost spls. [​IMG]
     
  5. Brian Fellmeth

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  6. Rick Radford

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    Brian,
    >Each engine already has 2-5 filters active. Which engine do you tweak ? Pretty soon each engine will have 8 or so filters active and you've got a mess<
    Yep. That sounds like my MO. [​IMG]
    Point taken.
    So does everyone with dual subs just EQ the 2 subs together.. while trying different placements?
     

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