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post #1 of 6 Old 06-11-08, 10:18 AM
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Center speaker connectivity

Cannot connect center speaker to Kenwood KA-995 integrated amp as the rca center pre out jack will not drive the speaker. Normally this would connect to Kenwood KM-895 preamp which I did not purchase at the time. Any suggestions for an inexpensive preamp(I assume this is what I need to process/provide enough power to speaker). The center speaker is part of the 5.1 Yamaha NS-SP6500 series and is two 3" woofers with a 3/4" tweeter. I was researching the older Yamaha DSP-100 for this purpose. Also, any problems connecting a rca out(preamp) to a twin lead speaker in(Yamaha center speaker). Any suggestions appreciated!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-11-08, 10:34 AM
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Re: Center speaker connectivity

You need an amp, not a preamp. You need to amplify the line-level output (~1volt) to speaker levels (watts) for this. Almost any amp will do for this speaker.

OTOH, before spending $$ on gadgets, consider a modern AVR, even a cheap one would be a great advance over this.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-11-08, 10:46 AM
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The Kenwood KA-995 is the amp why another/different amp? It has four speaker outs with a sub and a center pre out(both of which connect to the KM 895). I am presently using all speaker outs without any issues as a 5.1 system even the subwoofer connects. Not understanding why I can't drive the center. Working on a budget. I am satisfied with this low end amp and do not want to purchase another if possible.

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... Normally this would connect to Kenwood KM-895 preamp which I did not purchase at the time. Any suggestions for an inexpensive preamp(I assume this is what I need to process/provide enough power to speaker)...
According to manual you need the KM-895

If I were you I get another A/V receiver instead of the amp for this reasons:

1. Price: a cheap amp will cost $150-200 ( http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1109233144936 ) ... just add a couple of hundred and you can get a new receiver.

2. You Kenwood output just 20Watts for the surround ... most new receivers will give you 100 watts

3. Are you sure it will work with just a new amp??? ... manual shows that you have to connect the audio from 995 to 895 then connect all speakers in 895 (I got manuals here http://www.retrevo.com/s/Home+Theater+Systems)

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... I am presently using all speaker outs without any issues as a 5.1 system even the subwoofer connects. Not understanding why I can't drive the center. Working on a budget. I am satisfied with this low end amp and do not want to purchase another if possible.
You mean 4.1, Right??? (you're not using the center)

I think the sub works because it has his own amp ... but the center speaker doesn't.

We all are in a Budget ... start here to find a nice/cheap receiver http://www.hometheatershack.com/elec...Price&s=pr&p=1
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The Kenwood KA-995 is the amp why another/different amp? It has four speaker outs with a sub and a center pre out(both of which connect to the KM 895).
It has amps for the 4 speakers you mention but, notice, pre outs for center and sub. That means that they come from the preamp inside the KA-995. The KA-995 has only 4 power amps inside. It must rely on external devices for the other channels.

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I am presently using all speaker outs without any issues as a 5.1 system even the subwoofer connects.
How are you doing this? What and how is everything connected?

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Not understanding why I can't drive the center.
Again, because you need an AMP on that channel!

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