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    Default setting speaker levels with sound level meter

    ok...I just hooked up my rt800i's and SVS 25-31...

    I am starting to calibrate the speakers...

    I have a Kenwood vr-6070 (looking at getting a HK 635...3-4 years is apparently too long for me to go without upgrading :D )..

    I am using it's internal speaker tones with the sound level meter...should I be using a setup disk's tones, instead..? or doesn't it really matter?

    also..in the SVS manual, it says to have the subwoofer gain level at 1/3 to start...and the level from the receiver at 1/4 max (mine goes from -10 to +10)
    so i set to -5..

    since the reading for the sub was too low, I raised the volume on the subwoofer gain to just over half for correct settings...the receiver level was left at -5...did I do this correctly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krabby5
    ok...I just hooked up my rt800i's and SVS 25-31...

    I am starting to calibrate the speakers...

    I have a Kenwood vr-6070 (looking at getting a HK 635...3-4 years is apparently too long for me to go without upgrading :D )..

    I am using it's internal speaker tones with the sound level meter...should I be using a setup disk's tones, instead..? or doesn't it really matter?

    also..in the SVS manual, it says to have the subwoofer gain level at 1/3 to start...and the level from the receiver at 1/4 max (mine goes from -10 to +10)
    so i set to -5..

    since the reading for the sub was too low, I raised the volume on the subwoofer gain to just over half for correct settings...the receiver level was left at -5...did I do this correctly?
    Sounds like you are off to a good start. Many of us prefer to use the Avia or Sound and Vision DVD to calibrate the speakers.

    Your sub at -5.0 is fine. 1/2 way on the sub gain is typical. You could go -3 db on your receiver and maybe cut back slightly on the sub gain. For Home Theater, you can run your sub "hot" at +3 db higher than your left or right speaker. For music run it the same db.

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    Yep, -5 is OK.

    And, as was mentioned, many folks like to run the sub 3-4 dB hot for movies, just to give some extra kick to the low freq effects. In your case, that would be -2 or -1 on the receiver's sub level.

    My Outlaw sub calibrates to -2 with my sub's gain at just under 1/2. I run it 4 dB hot (+2) when I want some low end oomph in action movies.
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