speaker sound balance

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  1. Robley

    Robley Extra

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    I have a sony strde875 reciever, and I am having trouble
    getting the speakers at the same sound level.Using the
    radio shack analog meter it shows the right main and
    right surround speaker are lower than the rest.Is there
    a way to adjust these...or do the front and surround
    get adjusted as a pair...qqq[​IMG]
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Most receivers have a "balance" knob for this reason.

    Make sure yours is set in the neutral position before taking readings. If so, you have 2 possible issues:

    - One of your channels in your receiver is broken

    - Your right-hand speaker has some large surface nearby that reflects more sound at you than the left. (This was my problem)

    Try flipping the speaker wires on the back so that the LEFT outputs drive the RIGHT speakers, and vice-versa. If the louder sound moves to the LEFT, you have a receiver problem.

    If the louder sound stays to the right, my guess is your right speaker is aligned differently, or has a large reflecting surface nearby.

    Good Luck.
     
  3. John Garcia

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    The 875 should have test tones that, while playing, allow you to adjust the level of those particular speakers. I'm not 100% sure of that particular receiver, but I have seen very few recent receivers that do not have a speaker level adjustment for calibration. The SPL meter is not much use without the ability to adjust the speakers in some way.
     

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