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Surround speakers won't work

All the cables are connected correctly, but we can't seem to get all the speakers working. Even on 6ch speakers, we can only get the center back, R SUR., and R MAIN to get any volume at all. We have checked each speaker individually using the LEVEL feature and only those speakers work. Then, when using the test tone, each speaker works individually, though some are quieter than others. However, when used in any of the presets, all 6 speakers never seem to work in unison... Please help!

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  • whitnallbb23 Nov 25, 2013

    to flywatt, when using 6ch stereo, using the A and B button doesn't seem to make a difference at all, no matter the combinition whether it be A, B, both, or none. For all of those, the RMAIN, RSUR, and REAR CENTER all work and the left speakers won't work at all. Again, all of the speakers work properly when using the test tone and I can hear the same amount of sound out of each one, but when switching to 6ch stereo, only the right speakers seem to work

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SOURCE: Main speakers A and B not working...

Two possibilities for the no sound on the main speakers:
1) May be caused by the lack of the pre out main in jumper on the back of you reciever.
2) Check to make sure the -10db selector is not stuck between positions.

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SOURCE: Main speakers A and B not working...

Please preform Test Tone check and adjust front speaker level that seems very low.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

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SOURCE: Center and surround speakers work, but front right and front left speakers do not put out any sound

I had the same problem. Set the reciever on 6 channel stereo. On this setting, you should be getting the same sound out of each speaker. Isolate which speakers aren't getting sound. Now, on your speaker switch (the A/B button), select A. If that doesn't fix it, select B. If that doesn't fix it, try A and B (if you can on your reciever).

Now, when you switch back to pro-logic, make sure your a/b channel switch is in the position that worked in 6 channel stereo. Yamaha recievers have a memory, and when you switch various modes, it makes auto adjustments based on what you had set in the past.

Hope this helps

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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SOURCE: My RX-V490 Amp. has no audio from Centre speaker.

Is your center mode set to "Phantom" instead of "Normal" or "Wide"? That would split the mono Center channel program and mix it equally with the programs for both front speakers so your brain would believe it's in the center.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Speaker output

Yes, there are relay type switches associated with those outputs. Your RX-V1 is not dying.
Just plug a pin plug in and out of the dead channel to bump the switch. You will hear the speaker
come on. If it doesn't come on,do the plug jack in an out of the pre out again. It will come on.
You can use the test tone to check all channels and rebalance volume levels. You are making the
pre out connect to its power amp. It seems the problem got better when activating those switches. Most likely a cleaning issue. You can also jump the mains and center, and there is also
a modification to jump all channels. I bought my RX-V1 very cheap because of this and love it.
Of course outboard power amp would solve all, but getting this reciever to connect to it's own
power amp has been thrilling as far as bang for the buck. I do use the front effects also, and like
them. It may seem like a pain, but it is worth it to get those channels going.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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