I have had this sub for quite sometime without any problems at all. Recently when i turn my receiver on the light that is normally green on the back indicating it is on goes red for 'standby' and the sub will not work. How do i fix this?
I was able to take care of this issue by talking to Onkyo tech support. They diagnosed over the phone and concluded that the receiver set the volume for the sub way too low (-12), therefore sub was not receiving the input and was doing what it was supposed to be doing. They walked me through manually increasing the volume and now everything works great.
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Some/most Sub Woofers have a Switch that turns them Off/On/ or Auto. On Auto, the Sub only turns on when there is a signal present. ( sound coming into the Sub ) When there is no signal, the sub goes into standby mode. Wireless subs may be made to be in standby mode as the default.
First try to find the source of your problem. The easiest way would be to try your sub with a different audio source to see if the problem still occurs but is sounds more like there's a problem with the receiver.
henrylshelt, Your sub should turn on into standby mode when plugged into AC power without being attached to the receiver. If it does not follow the list below. If it does, the sub needs a signal from your receiver via either by line-level (RCA) or the speaker wires to turn on out of standby. Ensure that the cable or wires going to your sub is in fact sending a signal while the receiver is on. To Test, (speaker wires) hook up a different known working speaker; (line-level) Some receivers have a menu option to turn the LFE output on and off, ensure that it is on and producing a signal.
Diagnose the problem: 1) Remove all wiring to/from the unit except for the AC plug (use a different known working AC outlet), will it turn on? If so the other outlet is not working. 2) Remove the woofer, does the amp have a fuse that need to be changed? Change the fuse. If it blows again after replacing and turning back on, the speaker is blown; go to #4. 3) Unplug the woofer from the amp, does it turn on? If so, go to #4. 4) The sub need to be serviced. http://www.jbl.com/EN-US/Support/Pages/SupportOverView.aspx
What do you mean that it sometimes doesn't work? It doesn't power on automatically? Check settings of your receiver - if it has subwoofer output enables and if low frequencies from all channels are directed also to the SUB. By default only the LFE channel (.1) of 5.1 signal input is fed to the subwoofer. So Sub will work in this case only when you listen to 5.1 signal (DVD movie for example), but for radio or stereo music, only front speakers are used. By configuring this bass redirect, you can use subwoofer for all signal types.
Neither the amp or the sub have grounded power cords.
I have discovered the ML Dynamo takes about 30 minutes to switch to
standby in auto mode.
With speaker level inputs connected to the Onkyo
A807 amp, both units powered from the same wall outlet, Dynamo sub on
Auto, the sub hums for about half an hour after the Onkyo is switched
off, then the sub goes quiet. Not so good.
I connected a bonding wire between the two units on 3_7_09. If I smoked
some old audio gear I could just look at that as an opportunity, right?
Works fine. Now I have the ML powered from the wall and working
Does it only pop and crack when its connected to your amp or receiver ? i have the same thing with my sub [its not cerwin vega] but when i turn my amp off the sub doesnt pop anymore so i think my amp is the problem not the sub , yours might be the same problem .
There is a standby indication that activates after 10-15 minutes without any input signal. I suspect that might be what the red light is telling you - no signal.
Loud hum from a loosened cable is normal as hum usually means there's an ungrounded connection somewhere acting as an antenna and the amp is doing its job to amplify what it thinks is a signal, in this case 60hz stray ac current is being sensed nearby. It's a good sign that you get hum from the sub because that means the amp is alive.
Avoid manipulating cable connections with the Sub or Receiver turned on as you could introduce a static spike that could harm any connected equipment.
Are you certain a bass signal is making it into the sub? The complexities of modern AV receivers vary in how you configure them to direct LFE to a sub. Bone up on that end of the chain.
Or, just hang a CD player on the Inputs of the sub and play something with a reassonable amount of Low Frequencies.
>>>> Be advised that this way of testing has NO VOLUME CONTROL because amps without volume controls always operate at maximum gain, relying on your external controls to attentuate it (hence, the loud hum from a loose cable); so choose a track that eases into the loud parts with some quiet parts up front and BE READY TO PAUSE THE PROGRAM AT ANY SIGNS OF STRESS. <<<<
A living sub will produce only muffled rumble in the absence of other speakers producing the higher frequencies which carry the intelligence of the signal. If that works, back to the receiver for settings. If not... sigh.
For hum problems, even those you cause yourself:
Disconnect all inputs to see if that helps. If it goes away start with the signal cables and add in things until it comes back.
Sometimes the reversing the orientation of the AC plug can help with hum. Or it could be something like a loose or high resistance connection internal to the sub. Good luck.
The receiver automatic speaker set-up set the sub volume at -12 and since it was not getting any signals from the receiver it was doing what it is supposed to be doing (going to the standby mode). This was troubleshooted by Onkyo tech support on a Sunday. All the best about Onkyo customer support.