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Add a separate power amplifier!

If your room is large and/or you really like to pump up the volume, you may need more power. Take a peek in your receiver's owner's manual or back panel to see if it has a set of preamp-out jacks for the left, the right, the center, the left-surround, and the right-surround channels. If your receiver is so equipped, you can go ahead and hook up a gutsy separate 100-, 150-, or 200-watt-per-channel amp to your receiver.

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What is the best speaker volume settings for 5.1 system my receiver is Yamaha rx-v430 and room size is 15x20


As this receiver does not have automatic speaker calibration, you need to set the volumes manually. The best is if the left and right speakers are at the same distance from you (then their volumes can be equal). If one speaker is at more distance than the other, the volume must be higher for this speaker.
You can find instruction for volume setting at p. 21 of your receiver manual. There you can also find settings of the speaker mode - that depends on the specific speakers you have. You can define for each of 5 speakers if they are Large/Small/None (on this setting depends where will be the lowest bass tones directed).

Oct 20, 2013 | Yamaha RX-V430 Receiver

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I have the following setup: AV Receiver: Pioneer


Very common problem with today's receivers. Receivers made today don't have a true preamp section in the amplifier and do not amplify the sound to the extent of an older receiver. I have large 15" front speakers on my system, and have stuck with my 15 year old receiver just because I know that a new receiver will not have the power to drive them well. Many of the newer receivers need to be turned up to 50-60% before you can even hear anything from the speakers.

Aug 08, 2013 | Pioneer Audio Players & Recorders

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Trying to hook up Zone B stereo speakers in two additional rooms.


The infrared mentioned by the manual is most likely an extension possibility to use the remote control in each room, forget that part.
What you need to do is quite simpel, after connecting all speakers, you should indicate in the setup menu of each zone which speakers are connected and do as follows:
in main room select 5.1 setup, for the other zone select only the left and right front speakers.
Your EXTRA SP indicates the extra speakers for 7.1 setup and when set to zone B it recognises only 1 speaker.

So read carefully the manual how to connect Zone 2 speakers and connect that way, than carefully walk through the setup menu to setup the zone 2 correctly.

Apr 09, 2009 | Yamaha RX-V663 Receiver

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im looking for the best avr reciever..for the money...i have a bigger room with sloped ceilings and the room echoes a little...its the liv room, kitchen,dinning room all rolled into one...about 20x20 cielings sloping from 9 ft to 18 ft then straight into upper loft...any suggestions....my old denon avr 3300 was great its just 10 years old....back then it was a better reciever....


Only receiver that is better is one that has features that you want and need and do not currently have! Period. Unless you are an alien you cannot hear frequency response differences nor distortion on pure harmonic waves unless it exceeds 6%. My old stuff is still better than anything currently available - may not look as pretty but .........Other than that, the only really valid reason for another receiver is that you need more power because you like to blast and also add bass. (Every time you increase bass by 3 db you are making receiver put out twice the power at that frequency! 6 db is 4x, etc.) But spend your money - you are not going to get anything any better than your Denon - And if you want more power doubling the output in rms only increases the volume by 3 DB, the smallest difference that the human ear can detect. So if your receiver is rated 50 watts you get one with 300 or more to get any real increase in volume. Capiche?

Aug 26, 2017 | Onkyo Audio Players & Recorders

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