Re: is there a good way for a beginner to calibrate a sub?
Go online and download the manual for your speakers. If they are satellite speakers the manual should include a suggestion for a crossover point. In your receivers setup menu you should be able to set your crossover for all speakers in your surround setup. After the crossover is set correctly go to the delay setting. This allows you to set the distance from each speaker and the sub to the listening position. The last step would be to get an SPL meter from radio shack, the least expensive being the analog version. Send the test tone from your receiver through each speaker, and using the SPL meter make sure that each speaker has the same Sound Pressure Level at the listening position, this includes the sub. This is about as much as you can do to calibrate a sub to your system before getting into more expensive solutions like equalization and room correction processors.