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Power shuts off when I try and turn the volume up on the center channel. Center channel volume is very low and i can barley hear it. any suggestions?

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The speaker wires were touching.

Posted on Nov 04, 2007

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Verify that you don't have a bad speaker in the center enclosure. Any change in there will cause an "impedance mismatch".  ...accordianman

Posted on Oct 31, 2007

  • Michael Borelli Oct 31, 2007

    Also RE my previous solution, any component in the enclosure that is defective will cause this...accordianman



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