Need help for Kenwood HTB...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ryan Brown, Aug 25, 2002.

  1. Ryan Brown

    Ryan Brown Auditioning

    Aug 24, 2002
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    I recently purchased a Kenwood HTB-505, I know it's not going to be as good as a $5000 system, but I feel it's a good starter system for me. My question is this: I've read in previous threads the the 504 can be improved by buying new speaker wire, is this still true for this model? Are there any other things like that I can do to maximize my Kenwood's performance? I'd appreciate any advice/help that could be given.

  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    Hi Ryan. Welcome to HTF!

    For any system, not just the Kenwood, proper setup will make a difference. This includes:

    - Putting the front 3 speakers at nearly the same level in height.

    - Pulling the speakers into the room and not against a wall or pushed back on top of the TV.

    - Using good 12 ga wire for the long runs (but most of us use 12 ga for all the speakers, not just the rears).

    - Use a laser pointer to see where the front 3 speakers are pointing. Make sure the L/R are symetric.

    - Use a radio shack SPL/Sound meter to level adjust all the speakers.

    - Put the powered sub in a corner with the longest, un-broken walls & level adjust to match the other speakers.

    Search for "Calibration" in this fourm for advice on level adjusting. Hit the subwoofer fourm for other placement ideas.

    And the Kenwood system is nice because you can always add a better sub later which gives you the impressive sound for action movies.

    Good Luck.
  3. steve nn

    steve nn Cinematographer

    Jan 12, 2002
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    The sub is what I upgraded first. You will be amazed at what this will do for your configuration.

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