Subwoofer level setup

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dave Schofield, Jul 1, 2002.

  1. Dave Schofield

    Dave Schofield Second Unit

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    I finally finished ([​IMG]) my home theater a few weeks ago. I've got a Paradigm setup of Monitor 7 mains, Mini surrounds and a CC-350. My sub is a PDR-12 (bought off of the FS/FT Forum here). I bought a SPL meter from Radio Shack and have leveled out the speakers, I am now trying to correctly setup the subwoofer... It isn't going well. I've tried the THX setup on the Fight Club disc, to little avail. Can someone tell me a way to correctly set up my sub without buying Avia or VE? I'm a bit short on cash at the moment and can't see myself using either of the "setup discs" more than once...
    Thanks!
     
  2. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Screenwriter

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    I'm sure you recognize the utility of proper tools in a lab environment. No different here.

    For $15 plus shipping online you can find the newish Sound&Vision Home Theater Tune-up disc, made by the same Ovation people who produced the $40 Avia.

    I have both and use 'em once a month or two months to tweak, and take advantge of the great tv video adjustment chapters, besides audio.

    The disc devotes an entire Chapter to subwoofer set-up complete with tones. (Remember later that all speakers must be set SMALL in this calibration methodology).
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    THX setup is not intended for system calibration. You can try the internal tones in your receiver as a ballpark- but without AVIA or VE, you can't get it "correct".

    -Vince
     
  4. Michael Lomker

    Michael Lomker Stunt Coordinator

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    You can use Avia or VE to adjust your television as well, so I think it is a good investment. My receiver loses all of its settings when the power goes out so I've certainly adjusted sound levels more than once ...
     

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