I have an RX-V659 receiver. I was helping a friend to connect a subwoofer to his receiver through the LFE out connection, and then calibrate the surround speakers using a soundmeter. His receiver was initially using Zone 2 to power some in ceiling speakers in a couple different rooms and to pipe music from iTunes through the receiver to those speakers. He has those connected to Zone 2/Presence. All worked fine. During the speaker setup and calibration I noticed that the rear speakers didn't show up in the setup as being connected. (He has 3 in front, L/R side, and L/R rear connected) I thought that was strange until I guessed that the L/R rear may not show up with Zone 2 on. It seemed like a good guess because when I turned off Zone 2 and went back into setup, indeed the rear L/R speakers showed up. I calibrated the system and all was well for surround sound. All speakers and subwoofer worked fine. Later, my friend went to turn on Zone 2 to listen to his speakers connected in the other room. No sound. No sound from any source. I went back over to help troubleshoot. I figured that maybe the L/R rear speakers had to be set to none before Zone 2 would work. No go. No combination of anything in the setup menus seemed to re-enable Zone 2. When pressing the Zone 2 button the led for Zone 2 turned on, but no sound came out of the speakers connected to Zone 2 regardless of the source. We could hear iTunes from the source in the primary zone, but we could get nothing from Zone 2. I've read the manual, but I'm basically at a complete loss. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if we connect the front three channels to pre-amp out and power them using an external amplifier will we still have to toggle Zone 2 off in order to use the L/R rear speakers or will the receiver automatically detect that there is enough power? Thanks, -James
I know this is old and im sure you have it solved by now, but it might be a good idea to check the amp setting of Zone 2. Is it switched to Internal or external? I remember something strange about this amp in that when you change from using the rear surrounds and go to use them in Zone 2, it resets the amp setting or something like that. Hope it helps if you still need it.
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Depending on the model, there are two ways to connect a subwoofer to an amplifier, receiver or processor. The best way is to connect the subwoofer to the SUB OUT or LFE output of a receiver, but some subwoofers can be connected to the speaker level outputs of the receiver or amplifier.
1. How to Connect a Subwoofer to the Subwoofer Output
The preferred method of connecting a subwoofer is through the LFE or Subwoofer output (SUB OUT) of a receiver. Almost all home theater receivers (or processors) and some stereo receivers have a subwoofer output. The LFE (Low Frequency Effects) is a special output for subwoofers and is often labeled 'SUBWOOFER' not LFE. 5.1 channel programs on DVD discs have a dedicated .1 channel output with bass-only content that is best reproduced by a subwoofer. Connect the output of the LFE or Subwoofer jack to the Line In jacks of the subwoofer using a single RCA cable (the two jacks on the left in the photo). A 'Y-Cable' may be necessary to connect the LFE output to both the left and right channels of the subwoofer.
2. How to Connect a Subwoofer to Speaker Level Outputs Some receivers and amplifiers do not have an LFE or Subwoofer output. In this case you can use the speaker outputs of the receiver to connect the subwoofer. Using speaker wire, connect the left and right channel speaker outputs of the receiver to the left and right channel speaker level inputs on the subwoofer (the speaker inputs on the right side of the photo). Using speaker wire, connect the left and right channel speaker outputs on the back of the subwoofer to the left and right channel front speakers.
I have the same setup. Are you going out of the subwoofer output of the reciever? (it's purple.) then into the LFE jack of the subwoofer (also purple.) That's the only connection you need besides power. If you have those right, try using your cable for something else to make sure the cable is good. Is the indicator of the subwoofer green? Mine comes on with the reciever. Good luck!
hi can you try this it might work, take off all the connections to your receiver and the reset your receiver to the original factory settings then turn it off and disconnect it from the socket. connect all the the speakers and turn on and start auto set up. hope it works
FIX ZONE @ SOUND - STUCK ON "ZONE 2 - FIX"
1. Press "Amp" button (right side of remote - 1/3 way down)
2. Press "Menu" button (center of remote - 1/2 way down)
3. Press "TV VOL" button (green letters) until "Manual Setup" is displayed on receiver
4. Press "Enter" button (green letters)
5. Press "TV VOL" button (green letters) until "3 Option Menu" is displayed on receiver
6. Press "Enter" button (green letters)
7. Press "TV VOL" button (green letters) until "D Multi Zone" is displayed on receiver
8. Navigate from there