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Wiring Loudspeakers in Parallel

Wiring Loudspeakers in Parallel

I currently have a set of WDST (Klipsch Synergy Premiere S6) on the surround channel of my RX-V2095. I'd like to add a set of floorstanding speakers (Klipsch Legend 10) to the same channel, and wire it IN PARALLEL. Other channels: mains, KLF-30 (bi-wired); center, KLF-C7; no sub as yet (30's shake the ground plenty hard)

I currently have a set of WDST (Klipsch Synergy Premiere S6) on the surround channel of my RX-V2095. I'd like to add a set of floorstanding speakers (Klipsch Legend 10) to the same channel, and wire

— August 30, 2004 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Yamaha RX-V2095 Jumpers, Video Switching & LFE

Yamaha RX-V2095 Jumpers, Video Switching & LFE

I read your several reviews on the Yamaha RX-V2095, and thanks for sharing your insight with us. I have the following questions: (I have also posted this message on your Audio A/V forum)

I read your several reviews on the Yamaha RX-V2095, and thanks for sharing your insight with us. I have the following questions: (I have also posted this message on your Audio A/V forum)

— August 30, 2004 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Yamaha RX-V2400 Receiver FAQs

Yamaha RX-V2400 Receiver FAQs

We have received our review sample of the Yamaha RX-V2400 (MSRP:$1000) A/V receiver. We are also fortunate to have a direct contact with Yamaha Engineering in Japan to get any of our questions/concerns answered from the designers themselves.

We have received our review sample of the Yamaha RX-V2400 (MSRP:$1000) A/V receiver. We are also fortunate to have a direct contact with Yamaha Engineering in Japan to get any of our

— August 30, 2004 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Audioquest Cable Theories Exposed

Audioquest Cable Theories Exposed

Audioquest: We totally understand that is very easy to be skeptical about cables. After all, you can't measure it, so how can you possibly hear it? In fact you can hear it - and it really is very easy to hear the differences. Far from making bogus claims, the principle of cable "break in" is very real.

Audioquest: We totally understand that is very easy to be skeptical about cables. After all, you can't measure it, so how can you possibly hear it? In fact you can hear it - and it really is very

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Common Misconceptions in Audio Part II - Speakers

Common Misconceptions in Audio Part II - Speakers

We have singled out a few common questions your fellow Audioholics have asked me in the past regarding speaker connectivity and power issues, and decided to post them here with our responses.

We have singled out a few common questions your fellow Audioholics have asked me in the past regarding speaker connectivity and power issues, and decided to post them here with our responses.

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Connecting 4-ohm Speakers to an 8-ohm Receiver

Connecting 4-ohm Speakers to an 8-ohm Receiver

How do I connect a set of four ohm speakers safely to an eight ohm system? This article gives you general guidelines to ensure you are using an adequately powerful receiver to drive your speakers. It's important to ensure your receiver has plenty of ventilation and is properly setup correctly to deliver maximum performance to your loudspeaker system. If your receiver has the dreaded impedance switch, we tell you how to set it regardless of your loudspeaker impedance.

This article discusses 8 ohm vs 4 ohm speakers and how the typical AV Receiver will handle them. We discuss how to set the impedance switch to get the most power from your receiver.

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Connecting a Subwoofer to a Receiver with No Subwoofer Output

Connecting a Subwoofer to a Receiver with No Subwoofer Output

Is it possible to connect a subwoofer in a Technics AV Receiver Control Receiver SA-GX350? How? It has NO subwoofer output, but has 4 Front (A + B), 1 Center, 2 Rear speaker output and Dolby Pro Logic Surround Mode (it is possible to eliminate Center and choose volume for Center and Rear speakers ).

Is it possible to connect a subwoofer in a Technics AV Receiver Control Receiver SA-GX350? How? It has NO subwoofer output, but has 4 Front (A + B), 1 Center, 2 Rear speaker output and Dolby Pro

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Connecting a Subwoofer with a Different Wiring Scheme

Connecting a Subwoofer with a Different Wiring Scheme

I've got a question for you regarding the subwoofer hook up. I acquired a surround sound system from our previous home purchase and the wire set up was simply to hook up all of the mains from the receiver to the sub woofer and then back out to the 4 satellites. Now we've moved to a new home that was pre-wired for surround, but the wire configuration obviously does not match my last set up.

I've got a question for you regarding the subwoofer hook up. I acquired a surround sound system from our previous home purchase and the wire set up was simply to hook up all of the mains from the

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Extra Speakers, Progressive Scan, NAD Receivers

Extra Speakers, Progressive Scan, NAD Receivers

After this past xmas I now have two extra Sony 5.1 surround speakers. Is there a correct way to add these speakers to my back speakers without lowering the sound quality of what I already have set up? I don't have any more plugs left in the receiver. I was thinking of splicing them.

After this past xmas I now have two extra Sony 5.1 surround speakers. Is there a correct way to add these speakers to my back speakers without lowering the sound quality of what I already have set

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Handling Various Bass Management Dilemmas

Handling Various Bass Management Dilemmas

I read your article regarding LFE output. I am getting conflicting information from the people who make my receiver (Yamaha RXV520) and the people who make my surround sound speakers (Polk Audio RM6000). Polk says the sub-woofer should be connected to the system via the main speakers using speaker wire (not a RCA cable) or else I lose a bunch of mid-range bass. Yamaha says that is a fine way to hook it up but I lose the .1 of 5.1 surround sound.

I read your article regarding LFE output. I am getting conflicting information from the people who make my receiver (Yamaha RXV520) and the people who make my surround sound speakers (Polk Audio

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Golden Triangle, Redbook CD, Soundproofing and Dual Subs

Golden Triangle, Redbook CD, Soundproofing and Dual Subs

Please explain the golden triangle rule I have asony 5.1 Dolby surround sound system and yet to fine the perfect placement for the front speakers. They are at 1 foot above ear level for the 2 prime seats (the wife and me) but I am not sure how far apart to place them, we do not to seem to get"movement" of the sound it seems to jump to the rear at time and not fluidly move from front to rear.

Please explain the golden triangle rule I have asony 5.1 Dolby surround sound system and yet to fine the perfect placement for the front speakers. They are at 1 foot above ear level for the 2 prime

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Bi-wiring, Speaker Shielding, Bose 901s, and Buzzing Audio

Bi-wiring, Speaker Shielding, Bose 901s, and Buzzing Audio

I am in the process of upgrading my home theater system to the Krell Showcase pre/pro, Krell Showcase 6-channel amplifier, and B & W Nautilus 802's for my front left and right speakers. What is your opinion on bi-wiring my front speakers? The B & W user manual (which for $8K/pair I would have expected more documentation) recommends bi-wiring

I am in the process of upgrading my home theater system to the Krell Showcase pre/pro, Krell Showcase 6-channel amplifier, and B & W Nautilus 802's for my front left and right speakers. What is your

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Less Equals more? Differing Volume Levels on Receivers

Less Equals more? Differing Volume Levels on Receivers

I've been wondering about this for a while and have an idea, but no solid explanation. I own an RX-V800 receiver which as you know is rated at 100wpc. I was given a Sony STR-DB940 (110wpc) and decided to do a little comparison for the fun of it. So what I'm wondering is why does the Yamaha receiver sound louder than the Sony at the same volume level?

I've been wondering about this for a while and have an idea, but no solid explanation. I own an RX-V800 receiver which as you know is rated at 100wpc. I was given a Sony STR-DB940 (110wpc) and

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

What is Slew Rate and Damping Factor?

What is Slew Rate and Damping Factor?

This is a term used to describe how quickly the output of an amplifier can track its input. Slew Rate is usually measured in V / usec. The higher the value (up to a point), the better the amp is at potentially reproducing the subtle nuances and dynamics associated with music reproduction.

What does damping factor and slew rate specifications mean for amplifiers? We discuss in this brief FAQ.

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions