Need some help with my Denon 3803 (newbie)

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  1. John_Griff

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    I have a Denon 3803 with some Polk R50 as my fronts. I don't have a sub as the Polks have small ones for bass. However, I can't get any bass to come out. I'm a newbie so I have no clue what I need to switch to get some bass. Any ideas?
     
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    not sure i understand this statement, but you should tell the receiver in it's setup menus that you have NO sub connected
     
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    I have done that. Basically I have it set up for 5 speakers (which I have) and no sub at all.
     
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    well, what do you mean you "can't get any bass to come out"?

    how much are you lookin' for?

    what player and how is it connected?
     
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    there is no bass sound coming out at all. can hardly hear the base line on some songs that I was playing last night. Not looking to shake the house, just looking for some to compliment the music.
     
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    what player and how is it connected?

    are your speakers correctly "in-phase"?
     
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    sounds like you have the front speakers set to small and the denon is cutting the low freq. from reaching the speakers.

    I would check all speaker connections and make sure they are connected correctly. Then go through set up again and again playing with all the settings. check all your levels Bass, volume ect.

    Hope that helps some.

    good luck
     
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    he said he set it up with no sub, so it should default the fronts to large

    what player and how is it connected?
     
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    I don't even know what brand my CD player is (bought it around 97) its connected by red and white plugs.
     
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    speakers "in phase"?
     
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    no clue what "in phase" means.
     
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    are the (+) and (-) terminals on each speaker connected properly to the (+) and (-) terminals, respectively, on the receiver?
     
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    yes they are, but I will check again tonight just to be 100% certain. I just want enough bass to hear some thumping!
     
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    i'm presuming the player is connected to the receiver's "CD" analog inputs and not the "ext. in" L+R inputs, correct?

    what "mode" are you listening in, btw? have you tried plain stereo and/or pure direct mode for music listening?
     
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    corect
     
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    see my edit above


    i can't think of any reason why an analog connected CD player with no bass management going on in your receiver wouldn't sound correct with those speakers unless they're out of phase (the positive and negative connection "flipped" on one speaker relative to the other).

    ......unless you have some weird dsp settings (hall, jazz club, etc.) going on in the receiver for your CD listening.
     
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    Like I said in my earlier post... double check connections and your Tone (bass/treble) settings... the bass may have been turned way down. Instructions are on page 51 of the owners manual 3803 owners manual (requires a pdf viewer)

    Good luck
     
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    I have the 3803 and can try to help. If Chris' latest suggestion doesn't work, I'd go back and read his first post. Are you sure that in setup you have the speakers set to LARGE?
     
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    If all else fails, reseting the receiver can often cure some odd issues. The microprocessor reset procedure is detailed toward the back of the manual. You will lose any setup changes you've made (the unit returns to the same state as it was the day it left the factory) but it may solve your trouble...
     
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    he said that he's setup with NO subwoofer. if that's so, his front speakers will default to LARGE.
     

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