Having some speaker issues

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  1. Chris_L_S

    Chris_L_S Auditioning

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    I've recently moved and just gotten my home theater back together. I've had to make some changes in my setup to take into account a different room size and wire placement. As it stands now, my rear surround wires and my subwoofer cable are considerably longer (+/- 25ft) than my fronts and center.

    I have noticed that my subwoofer sounds a little "out of sync" sometimes, and I hear a slight delay in the general sound field. Should I make my fronts have around the same length of cable to balance things out, or do I need to make some other adjustments?
     
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    Probably nothing to do with the length but the phase settings. Does your sub have an adjustment for this?
     
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    Length of wire is not an audible factor in what you describe. The only time you would notice a difference would be if you used too small of a AWG of wire for the length of run, but it still would not show up as a delay.

    Sounds like you need to play around with speaker placement and make sure all your speakers are connected correctly in phase (+ to + and - to - is consistent to all speakers)as Phil A mentioned.
     
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    Ok, thank you... when I get home tonight, I'll double check all of my wires to make sure everything is in phase. My sub does have a phase switch, so I'll make sure it's set correctly as well.
     
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    Ok, I have checked the connections on all of my speakers, and they are all phased correctly, along with the subwoofer. I also moved my subwoofer to a more strategic position (under the coffee table in the middle of the room) and that seemed to make all the difference. Of course, it could have been the source material I was watching at the time (The Ring Two.) I watched the DTS soundtrack of Aliens vs. Predator last night after moving the sub and was quite pleased with the result.
     

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