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Odd problem with a 9/9p combi

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by overkill, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. overkill

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    Before the amps go to a dealer, can anybody make some suggestions on an odd problem with the units. This is, when playing music at low volumes there is a distinct difference in output betwen the left and right channel, with the right being louder. The higher the volume the less obvious it becomes - although a DB meter might say otherwise!. Bi-amping has had no effect.
    Although the overall sound has drastically improved!! :thumbsup:

    The only difference between the speakers, is one has banana plugs with soldered in cable, the other speaker, the left, has bare wire screwed in (until the 4 extra banana plugs arrive!). I can't realisticaly see this causing a volume level problem?

    I have tried swoping over channels on the CD (as it has a high output and is easy to tell) to check if it was a source problem, with no change. Ie the right channel was still louder.


    Odd huh!!????

    Time to see the Arcam repair man?
     
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    I have an Alpha 9/9P combo, and don't experience this problem to the same extent you do, but when I turn the volume up very slowly the left channel kicks in before the right, but then at even low listening levels it appears to work fine. I suspect it will be a mis-match in the left and right volume control, something you may be experiencing to a greater degree.

    If it bothers you get it checked, you'll never be able to get it out of your head if you don't! I know I wouldn't :)
     
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    Hi,

    Can you bypass the power amp section within the intergrated and just use the power amp and the 9 int as a pre. Just as a test.

    This way you can see if it's the pre amp section on the 9 causing it.

    Also... have you actually swapped the speakers over. I know you swapped the input from the CD Player over L to R etc... but it could be the speaker/cable so move this over to the R connectors and see if that makes a difference.

    Might as well ensure you have eliminated everything you can before sending it off.

    Cheers

    Steff
     
  4. overkill

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    Thanks guys!
    Yup. I'm going to try the integrated only next to see if that isolates it. I e-mailed Arcam and they felt it might be dodgy volume pot.
     
  5. Ed Selley

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    I would suggest the same as they can get a bit tired over time and lose sensitivity at the bottom end- my (very) old Alpha 7 does much the same thing but it only powers my PC speakers so I can't get too excited.
     
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    Next question is, are they easy to fit? My local dealer wants £50 before even we even start to look at the thing!! That's before parts, etc!! We will probably be talking the £90-100 by the finish. Not impressed. :mad:
     

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