Having just bypassed my preamp and gone straight into mono amps from my DAC.
The problem is that I need pre out to my active subs in addition to line out to the fronts.
I do not want a split-cable solution, so what I do is to use both RCA and XLR out from the DAC.
So far so good, but the fact that single ended output (RCA towards sub) uses one side of the balanced transformer, we get 6dB lower output than the XLR fronts. The load the RCA output observe is 47kohm, so it is high enough to not pull down the signal on the outputs. Rout of DAC is 1,5kOhm.
My idea was to adjust the volume locally on subs to compensate for -6dB level difference, which should work .
There is no scale for the volume, moreover, the gain adjustment scale is not directly transferable to experienced SPL .
Fronts has 2 pieces. 12" woofers and sub has 1ea. 12" .
On this basis, I isolated the front left and entered a 45Hz sine (XO at 50Hz , 24dB / octave ) with 80dBc SPL in the sweet spot . Then I muted fronts and adjusted sub to the same SPL as the fronts .
Did the same for the companion channel.
Result: Too hot reproduction <50Hz.
In the next test I adjusted the subs so they matched fronts, i.e. I measured the fronts and stopped raising the volume bar for the subs when I saw a level elevation of 1/2dB.
Result: Missing depth, impact and substance as fronts dominate <50Hz.
Finally, here comes the question for counseling;
Is it possible to calculate how to adjust this based on measurements?
When the speaker membrane surface area increases (moves air) , so does the SPL.
What I am looking for is a approximate number that I should adjust the subs, based on the given SPL from the fronts.
For example, if the fronts provides 80dB at 45Hz, what level should we expect when the subs engage (e.g. '83’dB)?
An auto calibration (mic setup) won’t work this late into the loop because subs and fronts play simultaneously, but there is not only one of the signals that need to be adjusted.