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Possible Problem: Yamaha RX-V350 and Tannoy EFX5.1 Surround Sound Speakers

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by nburcombe, Aug 1, 2005.

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  1. nburcombe

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    Hi all,

    Bought a Yamaha RX-V30 (£99) and the Tannoy EFX 5.1 speakers (£199) from Richer Sounds over the weekend and I have a little concernethat I'd like to ask you about. I've plumbed it all in and it all seems to be fine, but I noticed that I had to turn the volume up to -30.0db and above to get a decent amount of sound out of it. Everything else below that just doesn't perform. Is this just the facts of life or have I set something up wrong? Does anyone else have problems with things being too quiet?

    Here is my setup.....

    Reference: http://www.shootandshow.co.uk/images/Yamaha_RX-V350-rear.jpg

    Video Signal from Sky+ thru SCART to Panasonic DVD recorder
    Audio Signal from Sky+ via optical slot 1 to Yamaha Amp

    Video Signal from DVD Recorder to JVC 28" TV via Scart
    Audio Signal from DVD Recorder optical slot 2 into Yamaha Amp

    Yamaha RX-V350 Amp has 'Main Speakers A' and 'Speaker B' connections.


    Front Left and Right channels are connected to the MAIN Speakers A.

    Centre Channel is connected the seperate centre channel slot

    Left and Right Rear Channels are connected to the top "Surround L and R" connections

    Subwoofer is connected via a single phono lead to the black Phono connection highlighted in green on the reference image.

    Can anyone tell me if this is right or wrong?

    Thanks in advance guys

    Nick
     
  2. John

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    I recently upgraded both amp and speakers to Yam757 & Cantons . I have to run the settings slightly higher than my last set up (still in my sig) . IIRC I had to run the settings higher than my pevious upgrade also .
    If you have checked that is not set to "Night Listening" or that you don't have mute selected than I would guess it just a "fact of life" .

    It may take a bit of thie for the speakers to run in , so you may have some more fiddling to do yet

    If you can , try setting up with an SPL meter , that'll help balance the sound across all 5 speakers

    Atb
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  4. nburcombe

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    Sorry - you're absolutely right - FX5.1 - my mistake....
     
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    Just of out interest ... I was in RS this weekend and got a Yamaha RX-V361 and the Tannoy FX-5.1's as well.

    After some messing around it all sounds pretty good to me - don't seem to have your volume problem. My only observation is that the centre speaker (which is identical to the other satellites) could be a bit stronger. I see the improved EFX's have a proper 'wide' centre speaker - kind of wish I'd got them instead (although at £120 for the unboxed display model it was rather a bargain!).

    Mark
     
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    Actually looking at the volume levels I do get the same as you - anything below -30Db is whisper quiet. Maybe it's just a fact of life?

    By the way, I have the subwoofer volume control on the back of the speaker set about half way. Is it better to have it full and reduce power from the amp, or vv?

    Mark
     
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    Don't worry about the position of the volume control. As long as its range extends from off to very loud it doesn't really matter at which point it reaches a reasonable listening level.

    Half way is the better position.
    As with most things in life it's a good idea to avoid excess.
     
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    Thanks for the comments - very wise!

    Mark
     

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