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Old June 14th, 2004, 3:54 PM
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Sub...cant hear anything (almost anything)

Hi y'all...
Today I set up my vt-12's and my stf-2.
I dont hear much on the sub at all.
I have it cranked up and I hear a little bass, but that's it.
I'm using an onkyo 502.
I did notice on the back of the sub some settings that I can play with...I however threw out the manual so Im kinda stuck.
Can someone point me in the right direction?
Right now I have an optical ou from my tv going into my onkyo 502. The vt-12's sound good...but the sub feels dead.
Are there settings on the onkyo to boost this thing as well?
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Old June 14th, 2004, 4:03 PM
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See my post under setup, but the first thing to check is if the reciever is set to yes for the subwoofer.
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Old June 14th, 2004, 4:07 PM
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thanks...yes it is.
I feel something and when i switch the receiver sub to off...i for sure feel it go from on to off.
To further add some notes...
I have the onkyo receiver on about volume 17.
I can't go much loader because of neighbors.
But I also noticed some settings that let you adjust DB for every speaker. Anyone know what those shose should be set to?
I guess if I cranked up the receiver I'd probably here the sub. I was trying to have it so the volume on the speakers are low and the sub is loud.
I guess Im not so sure it's possible.
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Old June 14th, 2004, 5:10 PM
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On my Onkyo there is not much sound below 50, but yours may be different. One thing is that if you have the sub on auto it will not turn on unless it has a loud enough signal. To make sure the sub is on (green light on the back) you should either turn it to on (instead of auto) and/or turn up the sub level on the reciever (+ 5 or 6 dB). You can then use the level on the sub to fine tune the volume. Turn the sub volume up to about 12:00, and set the crossover to out. Now you can fine tune the volume with the test tones on the reciever or with a test disc. Make sure you are playing info that has some good bass. Unless you have a huge room, you will most likely wind up turning down the volume on the sub.

It is very important to note if the light is green, so make note of that.

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Old June 14th, 2004, 10:11 PM
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maybe you had the sub's volume off?
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Old June 15th, 2004, 2:08 PM
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no sir...sub is on.
I dont yet have a dvd player...would i get any good bass into the sub from my cable tv receiver feed?
Like for ex - if you watch a Terminator 3 on HBO...does that have the potential to rock the sub?

And thx again for the tips...when i get home i'll try that tweak
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Old June 15th, 2004, 2:52 PM
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The TV should have enough bass to turn on the sub and add something to the experience, but it may not be a deep enough signal to shake things unless you have digital cable.

Do you have a CD player hooked up? Maybe you can borrow a DVD player to test the system out with. There is a thread here that lists many movies that are good for testing out a system with.

http://www.hsuresearch.com/forum/showthread.php?t=653
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no sir...sub is on.
I dont yet have a dvd player...would i get any good bass into the sub from my cable tv receiver feed?
Like for ex - if you watch a Terminator 3 on HBO...does that have the potential to rock the sub?

And thx again for the tips...when i get home i'll try that tweak
Yes - you will feel the bass through HBO
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Old June 15th, 2004, 3:38 PM
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lol..ok, i think im starting to feel it.



Quick question - the sub has a phase switch (0 or 180) .

Any suggestions there? Can someone fill me in on what that is?
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Maybe I need to get HBO. The sound on most of my cable channels is not too good , though the subwoofer does get used on cable.
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Quick question - the sub has a phase switch (0 or 180) .

Any suggestions there? Can someone fill me in on what that is?
The phase switch is mainly there for receivers or preamps that reverse the phase on certain outputs.

You can also use it to fine tune the crossover between the mains and the subwoofer, but we now recommend using the "subwoofer distance" setting instead.

Double check the following:

1) That the receiver has the subwoofer set to YES/ON and the satellites are set to SMALL, if your receiver has these options.

2) Turn the crossover on the subwoofer to the OUT position (as long as you are using the SUBWOOFER OUT on your receiver like you should ).

3) Listen to some material with deep bass, such as reggae, hip hop, or an action/adventure movie.

4) If the receiver has test tones, set them to play so you can roughly adjust the bass level to match the rest of the system.
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