Inside speakers(1) and deck speakers playing (2) output is at very different levels
Just pulled this receiver out of storage and have a basic hookup...the in-ceiling speakers play at a reasonable volume at around the 40 vol. control setting. But to get the similar sound out on the deck I have to increase the vol. control to around 65 which of course means that I cannot have it on inside and outside...Is there a main speaking input/output setting that I can change? I understand that the outside ones will be a bit softer but didn't think it should be this drastic. Thanks.
Re: Inside speakers(1) and deck speakers playing (2)...
The things that affect the outside vs. inside volume are distance and ohms of the speakers if the inside ones are 4ohm and the outside are 8ohm then there will be a drastic difference in volume, also if the inside speaker wires are shorter by 20 feet then there will also be a drastic differences in volume. What you can do is have a separate amp for inside and out with the input coming from the same receiver. The other thing you can do is put an inline amp for the outside speakers with this you can also balance the volume. When you have longer wires you drop more voltage across them then when you have shorter ones you also has losses due to electrical interference from lights and the household wiring. To combat this I would suggest an inline amp so that you can balance the speakers more effectively and drop out most of the noise (mostly hum that you hear at a higher volume) that you are probably getting unless you put on filters on the speakers. But if you want to keep it simple than you need a separate amp with a common input, this way as well you can control the speakers to have a different volume for different situations.
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This would be easier to help you with pictures but I will give you the basics. There should be an input that is labeled either cassette deck or line in. That is where you will plug in the cassette player (that is coming from the output of the player) The cords should be red and white for left and right audio. The back of the tuner should have an output labeled something like preamp out. That will be any number of types of connectors but you should be able to find the right cables. From that output put that in the left/right channel of the amp. It may be labeled something like channel 1 channel 2 input. The speakers will go to the output to the speakers probably also labeled channel 1 and 2. If you post pictures of the backs of all of the equipment I will get more detailed.
Very common problem with today's receivers. Receivers made today don't have a true preamp section in the amplifier and do not amplify the sound to the extent of an older receiver. I have large 15" front speakers on my system, and have stuck with my 15 year old receiver just because I know that a new receiver will not have the power to drive them well. Many of the newer receivers need to be turned up to 50-60% before you can even hear anything from the speakers.
Your Denon receiver may be going into overload, which comes from playing it too long, and too loud. Try reducing the volume to 1/2 your normal level. If you still have issues or questions, please visit my website at audioserviceclinic.com. Thank you.
Depending on the model, there are two ways to connect a subwoofer to an amplifier, receiver or processor. The best way is to connect the subwoofer to the SUB OUT or LFE output of a receiver, but some subwoofers can be connected to the speaker level outputs of the receiver or amplifier.
1. How to Connect a Subwoofer to the Subwoofer Output
The preferred method of connecting a subwoofer is through the LFE or Subwoofer output (SUB OUT) of a receiver. Almost all home theater receivers (or processors) and some stereo receivers have a subwoofer output. The LFE (Low Frequency Effects) is a special output for subwoofers and is often labeled 'SUBWOOFER' not LFE. 5.1 channel programs on DVD discs have a dedicated .1 channel output with bass-only content that is best reproduced by a subwoofer. Connect the output of the LFE or Subwoofer jack to the Line In jacks of the subwoofer using a single RCA cable (the two jacks on the left in the photo). A 'Y-Cable' may be necessary to connect the LFE output to both the left and right channels of the subwoofer.
2. How to Connect a Subwoofer to Speaker Level Outputs Some receivers and amplifiers do not have an LFE or Subwoofer output. In this case you can use the speaker outputs of the receiver to connect the subwoofer. Using speaker wire, connect the left and right channel speaker outputs of the receiver to the left and right channel speaker level inputs on the subwoofer (the speaker inputs on the right side of the photo). Using speaker wire, connect the left and right channel speaker outputs on the back of the subwoofer to the left and right channel front speakers.
Were you playing it very loudly when it died? The manual is here for reference... http://www.docs.sony.com/reflib/docget.asp?manualid=11654&template_id=1®ion_id=1&DL=',600,560,10,10,'Manuals' It discusses troubleshooting this problem on page 50. When you turn the receiver ON does you hear a light click in about 5 seconds? That would be the protection circuitry turning OFF to allow the amplifiers to function. The delay is to allow the circuitry to stabilize before it sends any output to the speakers. If you don't hear a click the unit is Protecting the speakers due to malfunction somewhere. If no click and no apparent messages try turning the speakers OFF using the Speakers button directly below the Power button (1/0). This will eliminate or point to external shorts as the cause.
Does the unit click after 5 seconds of Power ON with the speakers OFF? Isolate your shorted speaker or wire problem.
Still no sound at the speakers when you turn them ON? We need to establish if there is any programming flowing through the receiver. A quick basic check would be to tune an FM station, if you have a tape deck attached, place it in Record or Record/Pause mode so it can display the input signal levels. You should see the record meters fluctuating with the level of the program selected. If you don’t have a tape deck, run an RCA cable pair from the audio output for a tape deck to an analog audio input on your TV. Select that input on the TV and you should hear the FM station, or anything the receiver is configured to play. If it's silent then there is no audio signal circulating in the receiver to get out to the amplifiers. If you hear the program on the TV but not through any attached speakers, then the amplifiers are all disabled for some reason.
If there is no audio flowing through the receiver the problem could be a switch in the wrong position, source not selected, muting on or a multitude of other things. Let me know how this turns out.
Back to basic to advance:
Be sure you have all speakers connected correctly behind the receiver.If you center channel don't have any sound,it could be 7 different issues,but you could try to just hook up your center channel to either the right or the left speaker output to be sure the center channel speaker does work.
Check your the speaker wiring tip(if there is any),i will use just the speaker wire go straight to the center speaker output,go to the receiver to change it to pro-logic or dolby digital and of course you should put in a dvd in the dvd player to have a good quality movie to play the dialogue through the center channel for you test.
If you have tried the above step and still have no sound,you might consider hiring a troubleshooting master to take care of your issue.
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if you have power in-check the following: 1-headphone jack is inserted inside pull the jack out. 2-master volume in low level. 3-mute switch or button is on-please make it off. 4-bad setup of speakers re setup again. 5-speakers cables are pulled out or disconnected. 6-wrong selection of input source(you must confirm what did you want to play).
a wire is only a medium to connect the speakers with the amp/receiver. the thickest of all the wires there belong to the SUBWOOFER .rest all wires can be of the same thickness (gauge).each speaker will have 2 wires (one red ,one black ,usually joined together along its entire length)
the easiest method is the hit &trial method where you connect a pair(of wires) to the receiver output and play.(a speaker should be connected at the other end)
Like this select different speakers with different receiver outputs and connect .
i hope this solves your problem.