is my HK AVR-225 broken?

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  1. CarlosM

    CarlosM Stunt Coordinator

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    I just recently recieved a refurbished HK AVR-225 from their authorized Ebay store.

    Upon setting it up, i began to use their EZSet SPL callibration tool, but the levels did not seem right... I havent gotten a radio shack analog SPL meter (though i will), but without doubt to fix the levels, I had to place the right channel up +5 db just for it to sound normal (and my gf confirmed the level). I re-ran the EZSet callibration and it did not reduce the levels!

    a 5 db difference from the left to right speakers does NOT seem right -- is there something wrong with my reciever? I checked the cables, and even switched the left and right channels (moved left spkr+wire to right binding posts)-- same results.

    I am getting some new sound king wire in tomorrow (instead of my current monster 16ga).

    My speakers are B&W DM602 S3s.

    Thank You.
     
  2. Wayne Ernst

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    Do you have your volume high enough when running EZSet???

    When I purchased my H/K AVR-7200, there was an additional information sheet packed which indicated:

    "In some cases, particularly where your listening room is large or when your speakers have a relatively low erfficiency, the EzSet remote may not be able to accurately calibrate the output levels when the volume is set to -15dB, as shown in step 2 of the instructions ... we recommend that you increase the volume level to -10dB and repeat the EzSet process."
     
  3. CarlosM

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    I did not see that.. but these speakers are rated at 90dB for sensitivity (so that shouldnt be an issue). Ill try it again at -10dB (I tried at -15dB as stated in the manual).
     
  4. Wayne Ernst

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    Also, EZSet could not work properly if your listening area is quite large. Even though your speakers have a 90dB efficiency rating, EZSet could choke if your living room has a vaulted ceiling - or, opens up to a large dining room or hallway. All of these variables will have an effect on how well EzSet works.

    Personally, I have not used EzSet with my AVR-7200. I have the RS SPL meter and setup DVDs, so I really can't elaborate on how well it works or doesn't work.

    Keep us posted on how your situation carries out.
     
  5. RolandM

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    Just out of curiousity, Carlos, does one of your speakers happen to be in a corner and the other not in a corner? That will make some difference, usually in the lower frequency range. However, you're correct in thinking 5dBs is a bit much. I could see a corner speaker being maybe 1-3dBs higher than a non-corner one but I dunno about 5dB...
     
  6. CarlosM

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    no -- the issue is directly from the reciever. I confirmed this by switching the binding posts the wires were connected to.

    I moved the left speaker to the RIGHT output/binding posts... then moved the right speaker to the LEFT output/binding posts.

    This switched which speaker sounded lower in volume, which tells me it is not speaker position, the speakers themselves, or the wires/connections -- it is the actual right output on the receiver.

    I assume that a call to HK is in order.
     
  7. CarlosM

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    problem found: me

    i forgot to check speaker balance.. sorry for wasting everyones time
     

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