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sphaeron3
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matching new speakers

Hi

Im trying to match my new much more efficient Klipsch rc 52 center with my old yamaha ns555. when i try the test tones, the center channel is significantly louder than the mains, Im not very experienced,but i dont think its supposed to be like that.

any suggestions ? thanks

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Re: matching new speakers

Klipsch speakers are EXTREMELY efficient compared to the vast majority of speakers (including your Yamahas) so from that respect your results are normal. Efficiency is the ability of a speaker to turn watts into sound. The more efficient a speaker is the louder it will be with a given amount of power. There are two ways to correct it:

1. Get into the set up menu of the AV receiver and increase the volume (most likely labeled level) of the center relative to the left/right. If there isn't enough adjustment range to make them equal try reducing the level of the left/right in that same menu just a bit.

2. Use this as an excuse to buy the matching left/right Klipsch speakers. Not only will the volume be much, much closer to matching before correction. The tonality will be a better match so that as sounds pan from left to center to right it will much more seamless and coherent transition. One of the most important things in multichannel audio is to match the front three speakers.

Option two is the real solution with option one being more of a band-aid, temporary solution.

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Re: matching new speakers

Hi mrlowry

thanks for the input. solution 2 is unlikely for me right now. as for solution one, i dont get why would i need to turn the level on the center channel up, its already much louder than the mains...

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Re: matching new speakers

Sorry, I meant down of course.

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haha alright, that makes much more sense.

I managed to make them some what leveled, the new center makes all the difference when watching movies...im happy with the new purchase

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Re: matching new speakers

Also just as a side note, more efficent does not mean better sound quality. Two different measures.

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yep, its just that i used to have a tiny little one for center which is no where near good enough for home theater. anyways, i have another question, what are some really good CDs to listen to, sound quality-wise.

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