Help Getting Sounds from All Speakers

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  1. sean1981

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    Got a Pioneer VSX-1022-K receiver (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/Manuals/Home/VSX-1022-K_OperatingInstructions062612.pdf) on deep discount, and I'm having trouble getting sound out of all of my speakers on any input. Inputs all connected via HDMI: Cable Box (Motorola RNG-200); Apple TV (3d gen); and PS3/Bluray. My speakers aren't that great, but I have: JBL Control Ones on the front; Polk CS10 center; and Polk PSW10 sub. Samsung HDTV connected through HDMI. I can't seem to pick the right setting to get sound out of all speakers. I tried running the MCCAC, but I've had no luck.


    I'm hardly an audiophile, but I'm somewhat tech savvy. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
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    1. Are they all hooked up with speaker wire?
    2. Are your sources(that would be your cable/ATV/PS3) set up for 5.1?
    3. Is the content you are watching via these sources 5.1 or 2.0?
    4. What sound modes have you tried?
    5. Have you done any set-up in the Pioneer to actually tell it there are 5 speakers and not 2?
    6. Does MCACC create noise from all the speakers?
     
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    1. No, the sub is hooked up with subwoofer cable to the receiver. Otherwise, yes.
    2. Not sure what you mean by this, but the settings in the ATV and PS3 both permit 5.1
    3. I've tested each source with a movie that I know has 5.1 (streamed something on the ATV, bluray on the PS3 and something from the DVR)
    4. Watching ATV:
    Using the auto/direct button: auto surround (but I only get stereo -- no center and no sub); direct (same) and pure direct (same)
    Using the alc/standard button: dolby PL, PLII, and NE06cinema (center only), NE06music (stereo, no sub), stereo and stereo alc (stereo, no sub)
    Watching BluRay on PS3:
    Using auto/direct is same
    Using alc/standard button: PLII is fronts and center but no sub
    Watching DVR:
    Using auto/direct: (front and center, no sub)
    Using alc/standard(stereo no sub)
    I had been getting sound of the sub on one of the settings earlier today, but I couldn't replicate it just now.
    5. I have been through the set up for speakers (set to surround back), which was selected after I ran the auto MCACC
    6. Yes

    If there's anything more specific I can tell you, or supply pictures or video, I'd be happy to. Thanks for your help.
     
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    You have your surround speakers connected to the wrong terminals. "Surround Back" is 6/7, which don't do anything without 4/5.
     
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    I don't have any surround speakers. Just fronts, center and sub. All are recognized by the MCACC
     
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    Then I'm confused. Why are you mentioning "surround back" at all with No. 5?How are your speakers connected to the 1022?If they aren't connected main right/left and center, that would completely explain the problem. 3 speakers(not counting sub yet) does not even come close to "surround"...at all.
     
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    The fronts are connected to the front via speaker cable and the center is connected to the center via speaker cable. Would it be helpful if I took a picture?

    When I run the speaker setup through the receiver's MCACC, it recognized the fronts, the center, no 4 or 5 and a sub. In the speaker setup menu, it auto selected "surround rear" as the speaker setup. The only other option I can toggle based upon its findings is: "high front."
     
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    I suggest you forget the MCACC. If it is "too stupid" to realize you don't have "front high" or "surround" hooked up...forget it.

    The only "sound modes" you should have access to are DPL based. Not sure what "music modes"(concert hall/all-channel stereo/club mix) Pioneer offers, but those are all based on DPL.

    So, the only thing you should be able to choose are...

    Dolby Digital
    Straight(or through...whatever Pioneer calls it)
    DTS
    DPL(to create center speaker from 2.0)
    Stereo(which could include a Pure Mode)
    Dolby True HD
    DTS HD-MA(or whatever version of lossless DTS there is)

    That is it. Provided in "Set Up" you show main, center and subwoofer. If MCACC isn't coming back with that, do it manually.

    If you see DTS NEO, DPL IIx, DPL IIz...your AVR is not setup correctly.
     
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    Here are the listening modes:
    Two channel sources:
    Stereo ALC
    Dolby PL IIx Movie
    Dolby PL II Movie
    Dolby PLIIx Music
    Dolby PLII Music
    Dolby PLIIx Game
    Dolby PLII Game
    Dolby PLIIz Height
    NEO:6 Cinema
    NEO:6 Music
    Dolby Pro Logic
    Straight Decode
    Stereo

    Multichannel Sources:
    Stereo ALC
    Dolby PLIIx Movie
    Dolby PLIIc Music
    Dolby Digital EX
    DTS-ES
    DTS NEO:6
    Dolby PLIIz Height
    Straight Decode
    Stereo
     

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