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RCA HOME THEATER SYSTEM REAR SPEAKERS NOT WORKING

MY REAR SPEAKERS ARE NOT WORKING. THE SUBWOOFER, FRONT SPEAKERS AND CENTER SPEAKERS ARE ALL FINE

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  • djanepalmer Jan 20, 2008

    they are still not working.

  • djanepalmer Jan 20, 2008

    I didn't check on the dvd, I cant get the main menu to come up in my tv. But shouldn't the rear speakers work when the tv is on a cable channel?

  • djanepalmer Jan 20, 2008

    it is working, i am really illerate when it comes to things like that....i put a dvd in and they were working! Thanks

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    i have a rca too and i did everything but it wont work with my tv i plugged up the red and white n everything

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Cheak the mode u are in theter mode reg sterio mode wont do the back ok cheak settings dsp modes

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    nick helpap Jan 20, 2008

    on what dvds /> is dvd player setto bitstream audio out in its main menu ?

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    nick helpap Jan 20, 2008

    sterio has t be on and in prologic mode or anther mode to u her ethem then it will rca out from tv to sterio u could u digital cable sound beter

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    nick helpap Jan 20, 2008

    ok cool glad u got it working cheak your settings now

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My rca RTD313i home theater system is only out putting sound through the Sub, and the front speakers. The center, and the rear speakers lost sound. How do I fix this??


Have you got it set up right so it can output in multi channel sound? You might have got the setting for just stereo output.

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Subwoofer


go to audio set up and configure the system for 5.1 or higher sound output.then only all the speakers ll work

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How to set up a seven-speaker home theater system


Set up a home theater

How to connect your speakers

In order to deliver surround sound, home theater systems require 5, 6, or even 7 speakers--and that's not even counting the subwoofer. Connecting all those speakers together can be quite a challenge, so here's a quick overview of the basics.

If you don't have an all-in-one, home-theater-in-a-box system, you'll probably need to supply your own speaker cables. There are several different types available--they vary in terms of wire size (or gauges) and termination types. Make sure you pick cable that's a good match for your speakers and receiver. And make sure they're long enough; the rear-channel cables in particular will be stretching all the way around the room.

Once you've selected your system and have all your speakers ready to set up, begin by placing each speaker at or near its intended location. Then, attach the cables to them one by one. After securely fastening one end of the cable to the speaker, connect the other end to the appropriate speaker output on the back of the A/V receiver. Be sure to connect the cable to the correctly labeled output.

For instance, the front-right speaker wire needs to go to the terminal labeled front-right. Also, make sure that each speaker connection is in phase, meaning negative to negative and positive to positive. Otherwise, your system's sound will sound out of whack. Repeat the process for every speaker in your system. Note that the subwoofer uses a coaxial-style RCA cable instead of standard speaker wire.

Once all the wires are connected, you should test the system with several DVDs and CDs, to ensure that everything is in working order.

For our first example, we used an elaborate 7.1-channel system, so it may have 1, 2, or several more speakers than your system. Some systems even employ wireless rear speakers, or virtual surround-surround modes that simulate multichannel experience from 3, 2, or even 1 speaker. And some listeners still prefer good old stereo sound from 2 speakers. No matter what type of speaker setup you prefer, however, the wiring basics remain the same.

How to position surround-sound speakers and a subwoofer
To get the best performance from a surround-sound speaker system, you must install each speaker in the correct location. There are three basic types of surround-sound speaker systems.

  • The 5.1-channel system has five satellite speakers and a subwoofer.

  • 6.1-channel systems have six satellites and a subwoofer.

  • And 7.1-channel systems have seven satellites and a subwoofer.

Start by placing the center speaker either directly above or directly below your TV. The center speaker can be perched atop a direct-view TV or mounted on the wall. Aim the center speaker at ear level.

In most cases, the front-left and front-right speakers can be wall mounted or placed on stands. However, if your speakers have rear-panel bass ports, they should not be wall mounted. Space your front-left and front-right speakers the same distance apart as the distance between your center speaker and your listening position. Position the front-left and front-right speakers no more than two feet above or below the front-center speaker. The tweeters in the front-left and front-right speakers should be roughly at ear level relative to your seating position.

Ideally, the surround-left and surround-right speakers should be mounted on the side walls of your room, slightly behind or parallel to your listening position. If your speakers have rear-panel bass ports, place them on stands instead. If installing the speakers on the side walls isn't practical, you can mount them on the room's rear wall or place them on stands behind your listening position. The surround speakers can be installed up to two feet above the front speakers.

Also, 6.1 surround systems have a back-center speaker. You'll typically mount this on the rear wall of your room, centered behind your seating position. Position the back-center speaker no more than six feet behind the surround-left and surround-right speakers. If your speaker has a rear-panel bass port or if the rear wall is too far behind your seating position, place the back center speaker on a stand instead. The back-center speaker should be installed at the same height as the surround-left and surround-right speakers.

Instead of a single back speaker, 7.1 surround systems use a back-left and a back-right speaker. These, too, are typically mounted on the rear wall of your room. Position the back-left and back-right speakers so that each is approximately aligned with the left and right edges of your listening position. Place the back-left and back-right speakers no more than six feet behind the surround-left and surround-right speakers. If your speakers have rear-panel bass ports,or if the rear wall is too far behind your seating position, place the speakers on stands instead. Install the back-left and back-right speakers at the same height as the surround-left and surround-right speakers.

A subwoofer is the last component of a 5, 6, or 7.1 system. Because bass frequencies are nondirectional, you can place the subwoofer in various locations. You may get the best performance by installing the subwoofer in the front of the room, approximately six inches from the wall. If you want more bass, try placing the sub near a corner in the front of the room.

Connect your DVD player to your A/V receiver--digitally
To hear a movie's soundtrack in surround sound, you must first connect your DVD player to an A/V surround-sound receiver. You'll need to make what is called a multi-channel-compatible connection.

The easiest way to do this is to use a cable that carries a digital signal. There are two digital options: optical and coaxial.

An optical digital connection, also called TosLink, uses pulses of light to deliver a digital signal. According to some experts, one advantage of optical digital connections is that optical cables don't pick up noise, while lower-quality coaxial cables can. Many, but not all, DVD players have an optical output. Most A/V receivers have at least one and usually multiple optical inputs. Plug one end of the optical cable into the DVDs player's optical-out jack. Plug the other end into the receiver's optical input.

Finally, you need to tell your receiver to use the optical connection whenever you switch to the DVD input. This is called assigning the input. Information about this simple process can be found in your A/V receiver's manual.

A second option is a coaxial digital connection. This type of connection is also used for cable TV, but the connectors are different. This type of coaxial cable has an RCA connector. Coaxial cables are less expensive than optical ones. In fact, you can use any old RCA cable to make a coaxial digital connection, and you won't lose any audio quality.

Most, but not all, DVD players, have a coaxial output. Some have coaxial and optical outputs, so you get a choice. Audiophiles argue over which connection is better, but it's very hard to hear the difference. Most A/V receivers have at least one and usually multiple coaxial inputs. Plug one end of the coaxial cable into the DVD player's coaxial-out jack. Plug the other end into the receiver's coaxial input.

Finally, tell your receiver to use the coaxial connection whenever you switch to the DVD input. Again, your A/V receiver's manual will have instructions for assigning an input.

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Instruction manual for a RCA Home Theater System RTD 3136


The speaker jacks are labeled on the surround system.

front left front right
sub woofer
(can be located either side)
center

left rear right rear

tv= audio out ( red/white ) to surround=audio input ( red/white)
yellow is video, not needed for sound

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So i just bought the coby dvd938 and i hooked it all up and all the colors are correct and the pocitives and negatives are correct but the only the front 2 speakers and the subwoofer work but i cant get...


Yeah I'm having a similar issue. Front speakers and center speaker working fine but rear speakers are very quiet and the subwoofer isn't working at all. Everything is connected correctly as well if you figure something out let me know.

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Pin assignment is as follows (not sure of levels required- preamplification / attenuation may be necessary:
1: Control 0/5V.
2: Unused
3: Unused
4. Center speaker in
5. Ground
6. Ground
7. Subwoofer in
8. Ground
9. Unused
10. Ground
11. Left Front speaker in
12. Right Front speaker in
13. Ground
14. Right surround (rear) in
15. Left surround (rear) in

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Rear speakers L and R not working


if its a 5.1 channel home theater,it means you have to hook up the subwoofer or maybe a center speaker to its terminal to have them all working. 2 front speaker,2 rear speaker and 1 center speaker or subwoofer =5 and amplifier is 1 so it is a 5.1 channel.hope this help..

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