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I'm slowly entering into the hi-fi audio foray (and I'm really excited!)

 

Over the holidays, I picked up the following gear:

 

- Pro-ject Debut Carbon

- Yamaha R-S300 Receiver 

- Audioengine P4 speakers

 

This seemed to be the best combination for the sound I wanted. I enjoy listening to a lot of folk music, as well as female vocalists and electronic music. It's diverse to say the least.

 

So. Upon hooking everything up for the first time (a process that I really hope I did correctly), I was overjoyed to hear all the subtle differences in sound that are now audible. The P4's sound great, but I also want to "feel" my music, and a lot of that is achieved through the bass (for me at least). 

 

I was able to get my hands on an old Kenwood SW32 that I thought would be great for testing out whether or not a subwoofer is something I want to add to my system.

 

The problem is, I can't get the damn thing to output loud enough. The sound is very faint, but there is some sound (which leads me to believe it isn't busted). My receiver doesn't seem to have any bass management options, so I can't do anything there. I've also messed around with the crossover filters, but that didn't change much.

 

I've been told that it could be a problem with my amplifier not supplying enough power, so perhaps that's it. 

 

I wanted to see if anyone could help before I go out and chuck the thing in favor of another subwoofer. 

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by joewhistle View Post

I'm slowly entering into the hi-fi audio foray (and I'm really excited!)

Over the holidays, I picked up the following gear:

- Pro-ject Debut Carbon
- Yamaha R-S300 Receiver 
- Audioengine P4 speakers

This seemed to be the best combination for the sound I wanted. I enjoy listening to a lot of folk music, as well as female vocalists and electronic music. It's diverse to say the least.

So. Upon hooking everything up for the first time (a process that I really hope I did correctly), I was overjoyed to hear all the subtle differences in sound that are now audible. The P4's sound great, but I also want to "feel" my music, and a lot of that is achieved through the bass (for me at least). 

I was able to get my hands on an old Kenwood SW32 that I thought would be great for testing out whether or not a subwoofer is something I want to add to my system.

The problem is, I can't get the damn thing to output loud enough. The sound is very faint, but there is some sound (which leads me to believe it isn't busted). My receiver doesn't seem to have any bass management options, so I can't do anything there. I've also messed around with the crossover filters, but that didn't change much.

I've been told that it could be a problem with my amplifier not supplying enough power, so perhaps that's it. 

I wanted to see if anyone could help before I go out and chuck the thing in favor of another subwoofer. 

Thanks in advance!

Isn't that kenwood sub an active sub, meaning it's got a built in amp so you only have to feed the sub from the subout of the receiver
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Yes, it's an active sub, and I do have it plugged into the sub out. I thought it would be easy as that, but like I said, the level of output is way below what I would expect. 

post #4 of 8
If the kenwood is active, the signal from the receiver to the sub would have no issues with power since its just a low level signsl which the sub amplifies anyway
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Ok, that makes sense (sorry, really new to all of this).

 

Can you think of any other reason the subwoofer would be performing like this?

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Did you connect the subwoofer to the sub out? Did you use a subwoofer cable?

On page 10 of your manual it says the SUBWOOFER OUT jack attenuates signals over 90HZ. Have you tried playing something you know has a lower bass?

Your subwoofer has a volume knob, is that turned all the way up?

Your subwoofer has a frequency crossover knob, is that turned all the way up (since you're using the receiver as the crossover at 90Hz)

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi spurxiii, thanks for the questions.

 

I actually did all of the above. When I played a song with really heavy bass, I was getting more response than I'd seen before, so perhaps the issue is that the subwoofer is not ideal for the songs I listen to generally. 

 

Given this, what kind of subwoofer should I get to compliment my speakers and amplifier? 

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Originally Posted by joewhistle View Post
 

Hi spurxiii, thanks for the questions.

 

I actually did all of the above. When I played a song with really heavy bass, I was getting more response than I'd seen before, so perhaps the issue is that the subwoofer is not ideal for the songs I listen to generally. 

 

Given this, what kind of subwoofer should I get to compliment my speakers and amplifier? 

Which means the subwoofer is doing what its doing and really playing anything that is 90Hz and below, which also means that any other subwoofer will also be doing the same thing. Perhaps with the music you listen to you really don't need a subwoofer. Try disconnecting the subwoofer and see how that sounds.

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