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Old 01-06-2015, 07:07 AM   #1  
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Hey guys! I recently decided to upgrade my home theater system. For over 10 years, I've been using an Onkyo home theater in a box including the receiver. I wanted to upgrade but my budget was limited. I ended up purchasing the Yamaha V377 receiver and the Monoprice premium 5.1 speaker package. I was so excited to hear the speakers after reading the awesome review from CNET. I don't know if I'm being critical too early but I have to say it wasn't much of a difference from my old system. I used the YPAO calibration tool for the settings. Is there something I'm forgetting to do? I don't know if this matters but I used banana plugs for the first time on the front surround speakers for the receiver connection and maybe I didn't do a good job on them? Also, I used the preexisting speaker wire from my old system. It is Monster 16 gauge so its decent wiring but does speaker wire have an expiration date ?? I read in the manual that there is a break in period for the speakers but I don't know how much that will effect the sound. I just thought it would be alot richer and maybe the vocals would be noticeably better.....
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Hey guys! I recently decided to upgrade my home theater system. For over 10 years, I've been using an Onkyo home theater in a box including the receiver. I wanted to upgrade but my budget was limited. I ended up purchasing the Yamaha V377 receiver and the Monoprice premium 5.1 speaker package. I was so excited to hear the speakers after reading the awesome review from CNET. I don't know if I'm being critical too early but I have to say it wasn't much of a difference from my old system. I used the YPAO calibration tool for the settings. Is there something I'm forgetting to do? I don't know if this matters but I used banana plugs for the first time on the front surround speakers for the receiver connection and maybe I didn't do a good job on them? Also, I used the preexisting speaker wire from my old system. It is Monster 16 gauge so its decent wiring but does speaker wire have an expiration date ?? I read in the manual that there is a break in period for the speakers but I don't know how much that will effect the sound. I just thought it would be alot richer and maybe the vocals would be noticeably better.....
I have not heard the monoprice speakers so can't really address that but make sure you have all sound "enhancements" such as dynamic range, Stadium, PLII etc. turned off. Start there and experiment with different soundfield settings until you find one you like. Also, although YPAO/Audyssey etc do a pretty good job of calibration sometimes tweaks are helpful. I have had to bump both my subwoofer and center channels just a bit to get what is seemless balance to my ears in my system.
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I had a time setting up my Yamaha Receiver to where sound flowed properly if you know what I mean. The sound field was off as rear speakers were broken sound and front speakers would be to low and center to loud. I tried everything under the sun as for as settings. The way I fixed mine was old school way which is set it up by setting to surround decode. Surround Decode with decode stereo and PCM 2.0 but leave 5.1 alone. I then went to speaker set up then chose Test Tone. I then sat in favorite chair with the remote I went to individual speaker. I then raise volume on each speaker to sound the same volume from the chair I sat in. Once I turned off test tone I went to watch a Movie with lots of surround sound action. WOW what a difference. I have center speaker sound out under TV, RT and LT are on each side of TV and rear are facing each other behind sofa about 5 foot on each side. All speakers are ear height. Mine was Yamaha in the box so I all my set up is Yamaha.
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I had a time setting up my Yamaha Receiver to where sound flowed properly if you know what I mean. The sound field was off as rear speakers were broken sound and front speakers would be to low and center to loud. I tried everything under the sun as for as settings. The way I fixed mine was old school way which is set it up by setting to surround decode. Surround Decode with decode stereo and PCM 2.0 but leave 5.1 alone. I then went to speaker set up then chose Test Tone. I then sat in favorite chair with the remote I went to individual speaker. I then raise volume on each speaker to sound the same volume from the chair I sat in. Once I turned off test tone I went to watch a Movie with lots of surround sound action. WOW what a difference. I have center speaker sound out under TV, RT and LT are on each side of TV and rear are facing each other behind sofa about 5 foot on each side. All speakers are ear height. Mine was Yamaha in the box so I all my set up is Yamaha.
The YPAO uses a microphone to automatically adjust all the speaker levels (and does some room correction) essentially the same thing you did by hand/ear only more accurate and automatic.
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Might just come down to the speakers. Haven't heard the monoprice ones.
How big is the room they are in? May need to go bigger.
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Might just come down to the speakers. Haven't heard the monoprice ones.
How big is the room they are in? May need to go bigger.
Yep it was the satellites that weren't doing it for me. I bought the Klipsch Quintet 5.0 package and that's what I was looking for. The last decision I have to make now is the subwoofer. Part of me is thinking of just keeping the monoprice package just to use their subwoofer. Or do I send it back to amazon and use the refund to get a Klipsch sub?
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Yep it was the satellites that weren't doing it for me. I bought the Klipsch Quintet 5.0 package and that's what I was looking for. The last decision I have to make now is the subwoofer. Part of me is thinking of just keeping the monoprice package just to use their subwoofer. Or do I send it back to amazon and use the refund to get a Klipsch sub?
sounds like the best alternative
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Hehe...the only reason I was considering keeping it is because it came with a 200 watt sub that sounds good with it and i won't have to wait like 2 weeks. But a Klipsch sub might sound better. Decisions decisions.....
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Hehe...the only reason I was considering keeping it is because it came with a 200 watt sub that sounds good with it and i won't have to wait like 2 weeks. But a Klipsch sub might sound better. Decisions decisions.....
How big? 8" sub? I have a 15" Klipsch sub. I like it.
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How big? 8" sub? I have a 15" Klipsch sub. I like it.
The monoprice that's here now is an 8 inch 200 watt. But I was checking out the 10 inch klipsch. If I order a new one it has to be through amazon because I used amazon gift cards to get the monoprices.
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