View Full Version : So explain this..
06-25-2003, 01:56 PM
I caught this idea in another forum and wanted to know what you guys thought.
I have 7.1 with a Pioneer VSX-D912K. So this is what I read to do...
Instead of connecting the front speakers to the receiver. Connect them to the sub.
What exactly does this do?
06-25-2003, 02:06 PM
I'm not the one to ask but I'm sure it will depend on the speakers you're using. You might want to list your current setup and some of the experts on the forum will be able to give you all of the pros and cons
06-25-2003, 02:09 PM
Okay, This is what we like to call the "polk method" around here for connecting your sub. Instead of using the pre-out and running a sub cable to get the sub it's signal, you run Speaker level lines to the sub, and then out to the speakers. You set your sub to "none" on the reciever and front speakers to "large", thus all your bass gets routed to the main channels. It's the way to go if your receiver doesn't have a filtered sub out, or it's filtered to high or low for your system. You can now use your sub crossover which are typically more adjustble than receiver ones. However, the main thing you loose is adjustability on-th-fly. Want to turn up your sub w/ the remote? Can't happen when you have it wired this way. Hope that helps, and welcome to the forum.
06-25-2003, 03:26 PM
I updated my sig to show my setup.
Loud & Clear
06-25-2003, 05:54 PM
You don't have tiny sats., so I don't know what advantage you would gain from using the "Polk Method."
If I were you I'd connect my sub to my receiver with a sub cable, and connect all of my speakers to my receiver with speaker wire. Set all speakers to small, then use the receiver's bass management to select an appropriate crossover; probably 80 or 100Hz. Am I wrong?
06-25-2003, 06:30 PM
Wire your system as follows
ALl speakers home runned to the reciever.Run the Sub in LFE.If you can change your crossover point in the receiver then set to 100.Set all speakers to small.Or use 80.
Running your mains in and out the sub unless you have tiny mains like Micro speakers and no ability for bass management in the receiver then allday.........I don't perfer to wire this way.
06-25-2003, 06:47 PM
I would suggest wiring it the way Polk suggests....L&R line level in to the sub and out to the speakers, Sub set to No or OFF, Mains to Large. Adjust crossover on sub to blend best with your mains.
I've found that it makes it easier to blend in the sub with the mains. I submit that gives you better bass management than the receiver will give you.
I'd at least give it a try, if you don't like it, switch it back.
06-26-2003, 01:51 PM
Gonna give all these methods a try this weekend. I will report back to you on Monday.
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