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Integrating 2 channel system with Yamaha RX Z9


I have spent many hour and hours trying to integrate my two channel system with my Yamaha RX Z9 receiver to form a 5.1 home theatre system. It is my goal to drive my front pair of B&W 802 speakers with my Classe CA 200 two channel amplifier and my Classe CP 35 preamplifier. I have two rear surround speakers, B&W 803, and a velodyne DD12 subwoofer. I have attempted to attach schematic diagram showing how the components are connected. However, I am not certain whether the image is attached. Accordingly, I will describe the system in detail assuming the image is not attached.

My Classe CA 200 amp has balanced connectors (XLR) to my pre-amp. My Classe CA 200 is connected to my B&W 802 speakers with bi-wired cables. What I mean by bi-wiring is that each cable has a single spade connector at the amp end but two spade connectors at the speaker end. One cable carries both (+) leads and the other cable carries both (-) leads.

I have also bi-wired my two rear surround speakers to the L and R Surround jacks on the back of the Yamaha receiver.

My center channel is bi-wired to my Yamaha to the Center jack.

I have connected my subwoofer to the Yamaha through a single coaxial cable to the subwoofer L jack.

Now for the tricky part. In accordance with page 27 of the Yamaha Owner's Manual, I have connected using coaxial cables with RCA connectors the RCA Line Out jacks of my preamplifier with the Power Amp In jack of the Yamaha receiver. Also, according to the instruction manual on page 27 and 84, I set Speakers B to Zone B. With this configuration I selected the tuner as the source and played music. Sound came from from the center channel speaker and the L and R surround speakers but not from the two front speakers.

I contacted another owner of a Yamaha RX Z9 and he recommended splitting each of my interconnect cables from my pre-amp to the Yamaha receiver. I was not certain where to make the connections so I took the two cable ends from the red jacks on my pre-ampl out line to the red jacks of the Power Amp In jack and the adjacent (to the left) Out jack. Similarly, I connected the two white ends coming from my white colored jack from my preamp to the two white jacks of the Power Amp In and Out jacks.

Then I conducted an Auto Set up. During the testing, test tones emitted from my center speaker, then my front left speaker, then my left surround and then my right surround. No sound emitted from my right front speaker. After completing the Auto Set up procedure I attempted to play music using the Tuner as the source. Again, no music came from either of my front two speakers.

Any help would be greately appreciated.

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SOURCE: Vocals missing while playing with 2 speakers

Go to the amp "Basic Setup" and alter basic setup according to
- the size of the room (details in the manual)
- alter the no. of channels e.g. if you have only 2 front speakers, change the channels to 2.1 (.1 for the subwoof)
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Posted on Apr 29, 2008


SOURCE: no zone 2 sound coming from yamaha amp rx-v861

Had same problem. A and B speakers are basically connected together, and there is no way to get the same volume out of each speaker. This is not a multi-source receiver like Onkyo. Zone 2 needs to go to a seperate amplifier and select teh correct source on the fornt,

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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SOURCE: Zone 2 problem

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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SOURCE: yamaha rx-v1600. I am failing in my attempt to get

After 6.5 hours, I am now listening to music outside on my patio using my rxv-1600!
Connect your speakers to the Presence Zone 2(3) output on back. Then power up amp and select zone 2 on front of amp. Nothing will happen, because as I found out, you must route an input to zone 2 or 3. Which is cool, because you can listen to something outside that is different from your inside.
You select what to route to the zone by pressing Zone Control button, just right of zone 2 and 3 button. While you see red zone light blinking, rotate input select knob to prefered input, i.e. radio/cd/aux/etc... also, you can adjust volume by pressing zone control and turning up the volume knob, only while ZONE light is blinking.
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SOURCE: I have a RX-V1000 Yamaha

Any Tape Out (REC) is flat Line Level output for any analog source selected by the RX-V1000.

Or you could just set up Zone 2 as on Page 61 in the manual - with or without the remote capability.

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