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basic sub sound improvement advice

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by 7 of 9, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. 7 of 9

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    hi i am using the accoustic energy aego 5 speaker package with my marantz 4200 reciver, and am happy with the sound from the speakers but not the sub it is just a basic sub with volume controls and that is it, is just wondering if anyone can give some advice how to improve the sound esspecilly wich is inconsistent and a lot of the time not moving me enough or right.

    thanks for any advice help you can give 7 of 9
     
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    While you have to face the fact that it takes just a little more money to make a top quality subwoofer there are things you can do to optimise what you have already.

    Loudest and deepest bass usually comes from a subwoofer corner position.

    Having the subwoofer somewhere near your main front speakers means minimum competition between speakers and sub. The greater the distance between the subwoofer and the speakers the more they are likely to interfere with each other. Having the subwoofer and a speaker close to each other means maximum assistance to each other in the bass.

    So don't have the sub behind you if you can help it. It obviously pays to have the sub in one of the corners behind the front speakers or somewhere in that area. Perhaps against the wall if the corner proves unsuitable.

    Now bung on some deep bassy music and try the sub in each corner behind your speakers. Checking each time from your usual seat to hear how it sounds. Not happy? Then try somewhere along the far wall. Now try the sub near your seat but against the side wall.

    Don't have the sub too loud or it will distort and sound awful. Usually the sub is turned up much too far when it sounds bad on music. It doesn't matter if a sub costs thousands of pounds. It will still sound really awful if you turn it up too far. Hopefully you will find a happy balance between the sub's bass and your front speakers.

    This will give you something to try for starters. Let us know how you get on. :)

    Nimby
     
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    You also need to check if the receiver is set up correctly to output Low frequency to the sub.In other words the crossover in your receiver is set to 80hz if possible and speakers set to small so that everything below 80hz is going to your sub and not the other speakers.
     

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