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Effective Subwoofer tuning mics

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by Cool-hand, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. Cool-hand

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    Hi

    Can any owners of subs with tuning mics pass their honest experiences on here and tell me whether they are effective in tuning the subs or like AV amp mics, a bit hit & miss!

    Come to think of it which subs other than the DD Velodyne range offer this facility?

    I have a KEF TDM 45B THX sub and it really is a corker, even being several years old. I would like the slam and punch of it (if not more?) but from a 10" or 12" sub (reduced boxiness hopfully). But if I have to stay at 15" level then fair enough. I've tuned the sub myself the long and painful way moving the dials (by hand - no rc helpfulness :suicide: ) and think I have it as good as i can without test instruments).

    Theres a lot of good subs out, but this mic trick and a rc would be a real help (if it works?? :rolleyes: and is not hocus pocus).

    Many thanks

    CH
     
  2. Ian J

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    I have a tuning mic in the form of an SPL meter. It won't offer automatic tuning but it works brilliantly well for it's £25 outlay. :)
     
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    Hi Ian

    Thanks :eek: sorry I forgot to mention I do own a digital spl meter but never used it to tune the sub! I've found using the ear easier, although I know it could be better. Would I still use the same kinda settings for a sub? C weighting, etc..?

    I guess just having a rc would be a bonus in itself :rolleyes: that would atleast take the back-braking out of it!

    CH
     
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    I suppose that a wife is too drastic a step just to twiddle the dials whilst you setup a sub but they have other uses even though the maintenance costs are high.

    I set up my subs using the SPL meter in exactly the same way that I setup the main speakers and although some people like to have the bass output at a higher level I prefer to listen to the sound as the director intended.
     
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    Oh hell if I asked her to do that it would be..... well lets just say its easier on the ear if I do it myself :lesson:

    Couldn't agree more (if only I knew how he intended it though!) :confused:

    Thanks again

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