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I have paired a NAD C298 stereo amp with my Forte IV speakers. The amp has an option for the gain -- either fixed or variable. The Forte IV's recommends a 100 watt amp . The NAD C298 runs 185 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Questions: Should I run fixed gain? (The gain is 28.6 db.) Or should I run a variable with a lower gain? If the latter, what should the gain be set at/how should I select the gain? I ask these questions because my prior speakers were powered Elac NAVIS, which had a gain option (low or high), and I always preferred the low setting. My fear is that if I set the gain TOO low I might risk clipping. But I also worry that 185 watts with a 28.5 db gain might be OVERPOWERING the speakers (and, at a minimum, introducing distortion). Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I am powering my Klipsch Forte IV speakers with a NAD C298 stereo amplifier. Source unit is a Mytek Brooklyn Bridge, connected to the amplifier with XLR balanced cables. My questions: Should I stick with the fixed gain setting on the amp (28.6 db gain)? Or should I use the variable gain (which allows me to reduce the gain) setting on the amp? If the latter, how do I select the "proper" gain? My prior speakers were Elac Navis bookshelves. They had a gain switch: high or low. I preferred the low setting. I was wondering if the Forte IV would likewise sound better with a lower gain setting.
I have a yamaha rx-v1081 receiver with 2 subwoofer outputs. I have two 400 watt identical Klipsch powered Subwoofers model R12SW I stacked the subs one on top the each and actually liked the sound however I noticed something odd. One sub sounds great at 50 percent gain, but the other sub with the same gain setting is way quieter. I have to turn the gain up to 80 percent to match the bass volume of the other sub. Can anyone explain this to me? Does the yamaha receiver output the same power from each sub output? I tried the subs separated in different locations in the living room and I get the same thing. Both subs sound great, but one is just not pumping out the same volume as the other. The subs are less than a year old and the yamaha receiver is brand new. Please help!! Thanks in Advance