Newbie - help w/center channel

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Atticus, Mar 27, 2004.

  1. Atticus

    Atticus Auditioning

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    Hey, y'all:

    My boss recently gave me his old-ish Denon 5.1 Pro Logic receiver (AVR-800) and 27" Mitsu TV (newborn trumps A/V, sadly). I hooked it up to my existing Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble speakers (front) and subwoofer, and recently purchased CS MC50s for the rear and a CS Centerstage center channel. Everything sounds fine until I connect the center channel speaker, whereupon the left-side audio is almost completely killed. Barely audible, even with the master volume cranked and the balance turned all the way to the left. As soon as I disconnect the center channel, sound levels on the left channel return to normal.

    What gives? Is the Denon not powerful enough to drive the Centerstage? Am I missing a setting? As far as I know, all of the speakers are connected properly to the proper inputs. I write "as far as I know" because I really don't know what the hell I'm doing. I don't have a manual for the Denon, which contains all sorts of mysterious options for VDP/DBS, etc., and I'm a computer geek, dangit, not an audio geek (yet).

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Atticus

    PS--feel free to laugh at my expense.
     
  2. Philip>L

    Philip>L Stunt Coordinator

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    Check to see if you're shorting across the center and left channel terminals. Maybe you have some stray strands from the speaker wire just brushing the other terminal or something...
     
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    We're not laughing at all.....seriously, I second Philip's suggestion and also check the polarity of the speakers as well. Let us know if this helps.
     
  4. Atticus

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    Thanks for the advice, guys. I re-checked the front, center, and rear connections, made sure nothing was crossed, reseated a couple, and now all is working.

    Surround ROCKS. Not sure how I lived without it. :)

    Peace,
    Atticus
     

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