(Hi I am new) Trouble with a center speaker.


Novice Member
I admit that buying used speakers on Ebay might not be the best thing to do but I wanted to try my luck. I want to start trying some higher end speakers and I thought this might be the best route to start. I also admit that I am not very smart when it comes to home audio but I do enjoy surround sound a lot. Now that is out of the way here is my small problem.

I got a Paradigm CC-470 v3 for $270 on Ebay. (too high?) Allegedly it worked great and just had a bunch of cosmetic damage to it. Got it today, got home late from work and hooked it up to my receiver. Put in a bluray and right off the bat I notice there is a lack of sound coming from it. To see if it had any sound coming out of it I unhooked everything else and it did have very faint sound coming from it. (Imagine blasting sound through some cheap head phones and leaving them on your desk to listen to the sound coming out of it, that is what it sounds like. I'm not bi-wiring it and currently have some banana plugs into it... Maybe the speaker is toast and I bought a dud...

So before I start troubleshooting my face off here is the receiver it is hooked up too...

Yamaha RX-V565
Channels 7
RMS Output Power (1kHz) 90W x 7
Total Power (20Hz - 20kHz) 630W (1 kHz)
High Sound Quality Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital EX / Dolby Pro Logic IIx Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 Yes
DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6 Yes
D/A Conversion 192 kHz / 24 bit
Selectable Subwoofer Crossover Yes
High Picture Quality Time Base Corrector Yes
Analog Video to HDMI Upconversion Yes (with upscaling up to 1080p)
Advanced Connections HDMI (In/Out) (4 / 1)
Component Video (In/Out) (2 / 1)
A/V Inputs (S-Video) 4 (Composite)
Digital Inputs/Outputs [O: Optical, C: Coaxial] (O: 2, C: 2)
Front Mini Input for Portables Yes
Front A/V with Digital Input Yes (A/V Only)
Advanced Features Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
Bluetooth Compatibility Yes (With Optional YBA-10)
iPod Compatibility Yes (With Optional YDS-11)
HDMI Standby-through Yes
YPAO (w/Optimizer Microphone) Yes
On-Screen Display (OSD) Yes
Learning Remote Capability Preset
Surround Realism Surround Programs 17
Custom Features Assignable Power Amp Yes (Bi-amp)
Product Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8” x 6” x 14-3/8”
Product Weight (lbs.) 18.7
Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D) 21-1/2" x 9" x 17-1/2"
Shipping Weight (lbs.) 24

Speaker Specs...

CC-470 v3 Specifications

3-driver, 2-way Center Channel, MagnaShield™
3rd-order electro-acoustic at 1.8 kHz
Frequency Response On-Axis
±2dB from 65 Hz - 22 kHz
Frequency Response 30° Off-Axis
±2dB from 65 Hz - 20 kHz
High Frequency Driver
25-mm (1 in) S-PAL™ satin-anodized pure-aluminum dome, ferro-fluid damped/cooled. Die-cast heatsink chassis, IMS/SHOCK-MOUNT™
Mid/Bass Frequency Driver
Two 178-mm (7 in) MLP™ mica-polymer cones, 38-mm (1-1/2 in) voice coils. AVS™ die-cast heatsink chassis, IMS/SHOCK-MOUNT™
Low Frequency Extension
39Hz (DIN)
Sensitivity Room / Anechoic
90 dB / 87 dB
Compatible with 8 ohms
Suitable Amplifier Power Range
15 - 180 watts
Maximum Input Power
130 watts

I appreciate the time anybody takes looking at this. Thank you.

*edit* I tried not using the banana clips and switching the center to the left channel. Definitely still muffled and quiet.
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Active Member
A few suggestions:

1) make sure the +/- of the speaker cables are the correct way around
2) try it on the other speaker terminals of the amp to rule them out
3) try it with the amps test tone (if it has one)
4) try it with a speaker cable and banana plugs that you know work


Distinguished Member
If the speaker is biwireable are the metal jumper bars still in place between the 2 sets of terminals on the back of the speaker?


Novice Member
Ya know... I didn't think that mattered so I didn't even look at it. When I get home from work I will check. Thanks.


Distinguished Member
Ya know... I didn't think that mattered so I didn't even look at it. When I get home from work I will check. Thanks.
Also, if you never had a centre before make sure you reconfigure the Yamaha to let it know that you now do have a centre speaker which it needs to use. The YPAO setup will do this if rerun.

Of course, if it doesn't work on the left and you don't have the bi-wire links missing (use speaker wire if they are absent), then it's a duff speaker.

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