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Yamaha can't help me make receiver work

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by curveball, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. curveball

    curveball Member

    Jan 20, 2009
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    A few weeks ago I purchased a Yamaha HTR-6130 receiver and a Boston Acoustics HPS120 subwoofer.
    I had to put my ear to the grill of the subwoofer to hear the rumbling in it. Indeed it was the HD concert channel I had on.

    Yamaha tech support took me through all setup possibilities, including raising the volume setting in the receiver to the maximum for the subwoofer, to no avail.
    I pulled out an old Philips receiver and the new subwoofer worked fine. I attached my old Philips subwoofer to the new Yamaha and it was the same quietly muffled result.
    Tech guy had me run the subwoofer line into the "left" port on the subwoofer rather than the LFE. Not much difference.

    So I shipped it back and got another from another vendor, Amazon, which unlike the first is kosher for Yamaha warranties. Same problem, same help from Yamaha tech, same details.

    So, knowing that life sometimes throws us odd stuff, I shipped that one back for a replacement from Amazon.
    Set up the third new receiver today. Same old, same old.
    Yamaha tech guy suggested buying another model receiver.

    I am tired of packing and unpacking and traipsing to the UPS dropoff. Embarrassed, too, at putting perfectly good vendors through all this along with me. Again, the new subwoofer and the old subwoofer work fine with another receiver.

    Anybody got ideas for making this one work.
  2. Ed Moxley

    Ed Moxley Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2003
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    Just double checking............
    It's not plugged into the multi ch. input for sub, is it? A mistake a lot of people makes. Speakers set to small, in receiver's setup menus? Other than that, I'm not sure what else to tell you. Surely they walked you through making sure the sub was turned on, and level adjusted, in receiver's setup menus?
  3. hodedofome

    hodedofome Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Probably the speakers are set to "large," make sure the speakers are set to "small." Just wanted to emphasize what Ed said, I'll bet that's your issue.
  4. David Willow

    David Willow Babbling Idiot

    Jan 23, 2004
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    One thing to try is the internal test tones of the receiver. These will tell you for sure if your sub is working. If you get good sound from your sub with the test tones, the problem is with your settings. If you get no sound, the problem is hardware.

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