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Reciever only allows 2 channels(speakers) at a time.

My pioneer reciever will not play all 5 of my surround sound speakers. It only allows 2 channels at a time, these 2 channels are the left and right front speakers, the center and two back speakers will not produce any sound at all. I know that my speakers are working because they were fine with my last reciever.

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  • attila215 Jan 08, 2009

    set up works correctly, I can adjust the settings for the speaker but when it comes time to use them, poof, no sound.Only sound from the left and right. I cannt sen to get the dolby/surround sub system to work. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    1/11/2009 Just bought the vsx-818 yesterday. Spent all day trying to set it up just for just FM radio - forget even trying to get it to work with my cable TV. The MCACC setup (auto and manual) does the calibration and equilibrium addjustments to all speakers just fine. But no matter what we did following the instructions and using HDMI, component cables, and optical it seemed that we only got the front two speakers to work with FM radio. Finally got more speakers to work by using the remote control and setting the source to FM (and later TV) and messing with the front upper right buttons to get it set to advanced surround sound. But the subwoofer does not work. Been trying to get it to work for hours. Re-did the MCACC and made sure the setup included the subwoofer and the db level was high enough. I'm real close to taking this thing back tomorrow!

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Two solutions:
1. make sure you are sending a 5.1 signal to the receiver (my DVD player was configured to only send stereo even if I picked the 5.1 soundtrack, i had to fix that). Read the manual to see the indicator lights that would light up if you are sending a DTS signal or Dolby Digital.
2. Use the 'surround modes' to at least get pseudo surround

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I had this problem too. Finally, after using the MCACC setup and making sure all the speakers worked, I found I had to set the source to FM, TV or whatever from the remote control and set the mode to advanced surround sound using the front panal button on the upper right. Had to fool with them a lot. Good luck.

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