Where to set subwoofer level: prepro vs sub

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by FredS, Jun 21, 2002.

  1. FredS

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    On most preamps you can change the level of the sub-out, and on any powered subwoofer you can adjust the volume at the sub. I have set my preamp to the minimum subwoofer level, based on the assumption that I might as well make the internal amp in the sub do all the work. It sounds fine, but I wonder what other people do, and what their rationale is. Also, is there any technical reason why it should matter?
     
  2. Michael Lomker

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    The internal amp in the sub does all of the work, anyway. The pre-pro setting only adjusts the voltage on the RCA cable going to your powered sub.

    What they usually recommend is that you set your pre-pro at about 1/3 of the available range and adjust the sub control until it is loud enough. If you are exceeding 3/4 on the subs volume control then you should start turning up the pre-pro. At some point the sub will start to distort, though....you probably need a bigger sub if 1/2 on the pre-pro and 3/4 on the sub isn't adequate.
     

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