Had this problem before. there is some combination of settings that fixes the problem, can't remember it. Speaker wires are good, connections all good. i recall it having to do with manual versus auto setting.
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Re: can't get sound from speakers on kenwood vr406
This is a input mode problem, such as a analog or digital source input selection, if you are using a analog source and the receiver is in the digital input selection you will not pass the signal,and vice versa,
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One of the speaker inputs is not connected.
Connect the speaker wiring securely.
The BALANCE setting is all the way in one direction.
Adjust the BALANCE control.
Unit is in MONO mode.
Turn off MONO mode.
Don't pay too much attention to the actual colors of speaker wire. Use the colors as reference. Each speaker has a plus and a minus. Connect them to corresponding plus and minus for their respective amplifier outputs.
Most TV stations you watch don't send a surround sound mix so you won't get anything in the back speakers. DVDs generally all have a surround mix which is why it sends to all speakers. What you are experiencing is normal, Bob.
Firstly you must have the remote typically to set the speakers up or there is a combination of keys to do this but usually some functions cannot be changed without the remote.
Second, the surround sound playback can only be played if the sound that you are listening to has the surround sound track, otherwise you may not hear hardly anything when your device is set to the wrong function.
The speakers must also match the surround sound system otherwise you may not hear anything at all. Remember: A 5.1 System is 5-speakers, A 7.1 system is 7 speakers!
The speakers should be marked for which place they belong LF= Left,Front...etc.
There is not a "fix" for this selection, MONO is basically a single channel output so there is no seperation for various speakers like left or right which is a stereo effect, mono is like a single speaker sound so you are fortunate to have the sound from 2 speakers but they deliver the same sound.
Check the speaker ohms. If you still have the factory ones they are rated at 2ohms. All new stereos need a 4 ohm speaker. I had the same problem with a different kenwood and all I did was change to a set of kenwood speakers and that fixed the problem
If the TV sound source is through stereo RCA cables you'll only get rear sound if you choose one of the DSP modes. A digital source might work as expected, IF you have things correctly set up for multi-channel.
The User Manual says this is a result of the power being removed while the unit is still on. In order to reset this you need to:
1. Unplug the unit
2. Press and hold the the power key
3 While holding the power key, plug the unit back in.
This clears the units memory so you loose and settings you have set but the unit works again.
If the only problem is the tweeter, and the woofer is still working, you do not have a problem in the amplifier. The problem is the speaker. The tweeter is blown or you have a problem in the cross over network in the speaker.
You can always switch the speakers and connect them to the opposite channel. You can do this very easy at the back of the receiver where the speaker wires are at. Put the left speaker wires on the right speaker and the right speaker wires on the left speaker. If the same speaker still has no tweeter you know that the speaker is the problem.
The only way this could be a problem in the amplifier is if you have two different sets of inputs for each speaker, one being the low end for the woofer and the other being the high end for the mid range and tweeter. That would mean you have two sets of speaker wires going to each speaker. Each set of speaker wires would have a positive wire and a negative wire for a total of 4 wires going to each speaker. I don't remember this system being set up that way, but I could be wrong.
I hope this was helpful, you should be able to get the speaker fixed at an authorized Kenwood repair center in your area for a reasonable price. As a guide, my shop only charges $25 for the labor plus the cost of the tweeter to replace a tweeter. Any other shop should be similar. Kenwood does sell replacement drivers for almost all of their speakers.