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Topic: Need help with center channel speaker setup
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When watching DVDs I have a hard time hearing the dialogue in the movie. I have to crank up the volume to hear it and then when the music/sound effects would kick in, it was overwhelmingly loud. I have KLH R5100 receiver with two floor speakers and I have it set on 2-channel stereo mode. Did some looking and decided to get a KLH center channel speaker. Hooked it up last night with some thick (10 or 12awg) leftover Monster speaker wire that I also used with the floor speakers. Turned the receiver to “3-stereo” mode (L, R, C and subwoofer) and sound came out of the center channel speaker, but nothing from the L & R floor speakers. Turned up the volume to 20 (which is a good medium volume) and the center sounded like crap (little distortion) and still nothing from the L & R.

Maybe I should try a different wire like 18awg? The thick Monster wire was left over from my car subwoofer project.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Projector: Mitsubishi HC3800 // Receiver: Pioneer VSX-819H-K // Blu-Ray Player: Panasonic DMP-BD65
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you have the unused 5.1 speakers turned off in the setup options right?

Try setting it to Dolby and see if it will output the sound properly.

How is your DVD player hooked up to the receiver for sound?
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I don't believe my $99 receiver has the fancy option of turning off speakers (ha-ha).
The only speaker options I've found are Stereo, 3-Stereo and 6-Channel. I'll mess around with it some more tonight and try the Dolby option as well.

As for the audio hook up, I'm just using RCA cables. Should I upgrade to Digital Coaxial?

As I'm reading more and more on sound setup, I did not know that there was an option between analog and digital and that I would have to manually set the audio ouput. I thought by 2000 most electronics were plug and play? I'm guessing with a little tweaking on the DVD player, this might help with my sound problem.
Projector: Mitsubishi HC3800 // Receiver: Pioneer VSX-819H-K // Blu-Ray Player: Panasonic DMP-BD65
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The RCA is only going to give the receiver L/R input and your receiver would have to "create" the center channel. If you can send a digital signal then it should have all the channels passed too the receiver.


Edit note:
I am actually doing close to the same thing as you are. I have a setup that due to space limitations I can only have 2 front speakers and a center channel, plus a sub. The receiver is a Denon AVR-1905. I have a Comcast/Motorola DVR hooked to the receiver via optical and my PC hoked too it via RCA (the digital spdif died *grr*). When watching TV I use the Prologic II Cinema setting and when listening to music I use the PL II Music setting. Those settings work with the computer input as well. If you can't get it working you might start shopping for another low end receiver that has some of the newer DSP funtions.
[Edited by SP_Kenny on Aug 9, 2007 at 11:07 AM]