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I don't know if this is the way my receiver is made, or all receivers are made, but my left and right channel speakers are "pushing more air bass-wise" than my center channel in 5-channel mode. I have a budget $200 Yamaha HTR-5930 that I bought a couple years ago. I was thinking that in 5-channel mode, all speakers would be the same loudness. I tried connecting my center speaker to the left channel terminal on my receiver and it was louder, the mid woofer was pushing more bass than when it was in the center channel. Is this common in all receivers because the center channel is more focused towards dialog even though the receiver is set in 5-channel mode?

I am thinking of upgrading to a better receiver like the Onkyo TX-SR707, would it be the same as my Yamaha in the 5-channel mode? or would my L/R/C be pushing the same amount of bass and loudness.

I am using all the same set of speakers for L/R/C speakers.

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Hello, I would first suggest looking at the user menu and make sure that the speaker settings are all set up the same. If your receiver has YAPO use the included microphone and run the auto setup as per the instructions.
That said the Onkyo 707 is a fairly large step up in quality and performance and would defiantly be worthwhile.
 
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Double check the manual on your AVR and DVD/blu-ray player. Make sure you don't have the player set to a small center speaker, or that you have the AVR set to a wide/phantom setting.
 

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Yup, double checked. Everything is set to be the same and my receiver doesn't have wide/phantom setting.
 

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Do you have an spl meter? I would see how much output your getting from the sub. Is it in a large space?
 

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It's not connected to a subwoofer. The little mid-woofers in my L/R bookshelf speakers are thumping more than my center mid-woofers in 5-channel mode. And nope, I don't have an spl meter.

Probably just my receiver then yeah? since it's an old budget one. It can't output equal amount of power to all channels and just focuses on L/R instead.
 

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Probably just my receiver then yeah? since it's an old budget one. It can't output equal amount of power to all channels and just focuses on L/R instead.
Its not really likely that the receiver is not able to do the same across the fronts. In the receivers menu there will be crossover settings for the left and right channel and the center, make sure that they are the same (it may just be labled "large" or "small").
 

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Its possible that the center simply cant go as low as the left and right speakers. What is your center?
 

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From the HTR 5930 manual, it appears your receiver has a very basic balancing scheme during setup to let you equalize the other speakers to your front left, using the receiver's test tone. But without an SPL meter, I don't know how to do this accurately, and I expect you just skipped that step during setup. It appears you can also get there from the AMP, TEST buttons on the remote.
 

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hmm...yeah the center and fronts are set to small.
Looking at the manual, it appears as if by default, if the center is Small its low frequency component will be sent to the front L/R. There is a Sound Setup option 1D BASS which gives you a choice of SWFR, FRONT, or BOTH. Perhaps that explains why you are hearing more from the fronts than the center.

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Thanks for the help Tony and Bill,

I have two Energy CB-5 for fronts and CC-5 for center. I connected the center to the left terminals so it can go lower for sure.

Let me just reset my entire receiver settings and just start from there and see how that goes.
 

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I just tried setting 1D BASS to SWFR, FRONT, or BOTH, and it all yields the same result. I ran some bass heavy files from this site and my two L/R mid-woofers are thumping and my center isn't. The highs are fine, just the bass is not there in the center.
 

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That's what I was suggesting. The receiver is a little strange, in that it appears you can set the front L/R to Small even though there is no sub. And then, when you set the center to Small, it is redirected to the front L/R even if they are also Small.

From what I read, it appears if you set the Center to Large, not Small, it will keep its bass, so it may sound the same as the front L/R.

The receiver is also a little basic; the manual suggests you can set the speakers to Small, but you have no control whatsoever of the crossover frequency. Maybe the manual is not telling the whole truth.

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It's pretty basic, I just reset my system. I went through every option available in the display menu. I cannot set the crossover frequency or much.

So I am assuming if I get a better receiver, I'll have the same loudness throughout my 3 speakers.
 

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Oh! I should also mention that, I don't know if this is important, but maybe, that my center speaker is brand spanking new. I only played an hour on it, and not too loud, while my other two L/R has been about 2 weeks and many hours of loud/low volume. Maybe it needs to be broken into? at least the mid-woofer part
 

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Hello all,

I don't know if this is the way my receiver is made, or all receivers are made, but my left and right channel speakers are "pushing more air bass-wise" than my center channel in 5-channel mode. I have a budget $200 Yamaha HTR-5930 that I bought a couple years ago. I was thinking that in 5-channel mode, all speakers would be the same loudness. I tried connecting my center speaker to the left channel terminal on my receiver and it was louder, the mid woofer was pushing more bass than when it was in the center channel. Is this common in all receivers because the center channel is more focused towards dialog even though the receiver is set in 5-channel mode?

I am thinking of upgrading to a better receiver like the Onkyo TX-SR707, would it be the same as my Yamaha in the 5-channel mode? or would my L/R/C be pushing the same amount of bass and loudness.

I am using all the same set of speakers for L/R/C speakers.

Thanks
My Denon 3808ci is the same way in 5 channel stereo mode but i've always assumed it is the way it is setup :huh:, The volume is the same across the board but the center just doesn't thump like the rest of the speakers and it's got 4, 5'' or 6'' drivers.:dontknow:
 

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Oh! I should also mention that, I don't know if this is important, but maybe, that my center speaker is brand spanking new. I only played an hour on it, and not too loud, while my other two L/R has been about 2 weeks and many hours of loud/low volume. Maybe it needs to be broken into? at least the mid-woofer part
A new speaker will need some time to break in in my opinion so that cold also be on of the issues.
 
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