1961 amplifier settings – Best practice for Home Cinema

Here are the settings we recommend for Home Cinema purposes, settings not mentioned are ones we would rather leave as is unless you for any specific reason want to change them.

This guide should be read in conjunction with the Amplifier Operation Manual in the handbook.

Please see our other guides for Dual Source or Stereo settings.


  1. Levels Menu  
    1. We recommend setting Ref. Level to on and let the AVR handle level adjustments.
    2. Next step is to set correct input gain. For normal modern AVR’s it will be +6dB (if you have 1V output) or 0dB (if you have 2V output). This setting will directly affect how loud the subwoofer plays at ref. level. For some customer running Audyssey it will typically indicate that the subwoofer level is too high if this setting is not adjusted as described.
  2. Crossover Menu
    1. We recommend setting LPF Bypass on and do crossover settings from the AVR.
    2. Leave phase at 0 degrees, and Signal Invert off.
    3. EQ mode 1 for larger rooms, or smaller rooms if you just want some extra rumble in the deepest bass. EQ2 mode will roll-off earlier and not give as much of an earthquake effect.
  3. Parametric EQ Menu
    1. Only make changes here if you have measured the response and know where you need to make some changes. Typically, a good built-in calibration on an AVR will make sure you get a perfectly flat frequency response.
  4. Setup Menu
    1. If you have multiple subwoofers in your setup, choose the correct number of subwoofers. It will adjust the gain level to match the combined output of all subwoofers, so you hit reference level at the same input gain.
    2. Input/Turn-on should be in Auto or 12V if you have a 12V trigger signal from your AVR that you want to use. Then set the correct Input Selection.
    3. If Auto turn-on is active, we would recommend setting the Wake-up Sens. to High so the amplifier turns on with very low input signal.