Setup help for 2 subwoofer system

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  1. chris.guess

    chris.guess Auditioning

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    I need some expert help here setting up my system with 2 subwoofers.

    I have one sub connected to my Pioneer VSX-D811s receiver thru the LFE output. I have the other sub "in-between" my Left and Right Fronts. Meaning...I run the L/R front wires from the receiver to the sub-in's and then from the sub-out's to the fronts. I have the fronts set to "Large" on the receiver and have the sub manage the bass that is sent to them.

    I have used an SPL meter and have all the speakers calibrated to the same db level at my sitting position, using the test tone on the receiver. However, when I play a movie the center channel volume is so low that I can barely hear the dialogue. I am guessing that the test tone frequency is so high that my sub connected to the fronts doesn't intercept it. Then when a movie plays, the low frequencies sent to the fronts (intercepted by the sub)overpowers the center channel volume.

    My questions....
    How can I calibrate the volume and crossover level of the sub connected to the fronts so that it blends in well with the volume of the fronts and center channel?

    Should I even be using the sub in this manner? I saw this setup recommended on Polk Audio's website.

    If I keep this configuration, what crossover frequency would you recommend setting (adjusted on the sub)? I have small satellite speakers for my fronts.
     
  2. Matt Nevala

    Matt Nevala Stunt Coordinator

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    i dont think you should run the speaker line input sub anymore. ut cutting the power to your R/L channel. see how that sounds, with the fronts to regualar, and to large.
     
  3. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Chris,

    First, welcome to the Forum!

     
  4. Jeff Adams

    Jeff Adams Screenwriter

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    Chris, I also have a dual sub setup. But I kept it very simple and love the way it sounds. I have both subs plugged into the lfe output on my receiver via a Y splitter. Try that and see what you think.
     

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