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    Default Sub volume level question.............

    I was wondering if there is any benefit to turning up the volume level on my sub while turning down the LFE level on my AVR. At this time, I have the sub volume set on 1 1/2, and the AVR sub volume at 0 +/-. Won't the sub sound better with it's amp running at a higher level, say a volume setting of 3 or 4? At the same time I'd be lowering the LFE channel volume level from the AVR to match the previous output. Or does all of this make no difference at all?

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    The opposite generally holds true. Sub pre-outs tend to have higher levels of THD than the other pre-outs at anything over the 0 setting.

    Keep the sub pre-out level set around -5 (on a scale of -10 to +10), and you'll be sending the sub amp a cleaner signal.
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    Yes, that's what I meant. Reduce the pre-out volume while increasing the remote volume control on the sub. My AVR can indeed be reduced to a max of -10. I will try this tonight. Thanks for the help

    Still, I guess my main question is this: Does turning up the volume on the sub itself from 1 or 2, to 4 or 5, then decreasing the pre-out volume improve sound quality? More power is being sent to the woofer from the sub's self contained amp, correct?
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    This is exactly what I did to eliminate clipping with my PSW350s. Amp volume is about 60%, AVR output is set at -5dB. Seems to work a lot better driving the sub with the amp instead of driving the amp with a hot signal.

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    Still, I guess my main question is this: Does turning up the volume on the sub itself from 1 or 2, to 4 or 5, then decreasing the pre-out volume improve sound quality? More power is being sent to the woofer from the sub's self contained amp, correct?
    Yes, it will improve the SQ. You will have a lower distortion signal, and also improve the dynamics of the signal.

    If you adjusted the pre-out up to +10, THD would be quite high and the waveform would showed some clipping.
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    Originally posted by Dr. Spec
    Yes, it will improve the SQ. You will have a lower distortion signal, and also improve the dynamics of the signal.

    If you adjusted the pre-out up to +10, THD would be quite high and the waveform would showed some clipping.
    Thanks for your input Dr. and wlrandall. Both responses have helped me out on this issue. I understand the idea of a lower distortion LFE signal at lower pre-out levels, but am still wondering about the sub amp sound quality per volume applied. What if the LFE pre-out was always a perfectly clear signal at any level. Would I still see a benefit adjusting these levels?

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    Went home at lunch. Set LFE pre-out to -5, increased volume on sub to 3. Popped in The Two Towers. Helm's Deep-wall breach scene. It works! Less distortion, cleaner sound. Thanks again for the help.

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    Originally posted by EricH
    What if the LFE pre-out was always a perfectly clear signal at any level. Would I still see a benefit adjusting these levels?
    First, your scenario is hypothetical and would never happen in real life; all output devices become non-linear at some point along their operating curve.

    Second, the subwoofer plate amp will have its worst S/N ratio at the minimum gain setting. You need to adjust the setting so it provides a decent amount of gain to the signal and gets it up above the noise floor of the amp.
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