Stereo set-up with equilizer


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Username: Cronzer

Post Number: 1
Registered: May-11
Preface: Mods, sticky a thread that has all the general information!!

Hi, im trying to hook up my Father's stereo after moving and I Don't know how to hook the EQ up so help would be greatly appreciated.

Marantz model 2230 receiver(tape In/Out, AUX, Phono, Main in, Pre out)
TEAC stereo graphic equalizer ( tape in/ out , line in)
Denon cd player( Line out)
Marantz turntable (line out?)

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 16190
Registered: May-04

"In" to "out" and "out" to "in". Numerous threads in this section go into the details of hooking up an eq. Check through a few if you don't understand the above or ask more specific questions. The source players all go into a line level input - "Aux" works for that. The exception is the turntable which should go into the "Phono" input. The eq is best suited to the tape in/out loop. Engage the "Tape Monitor" function to insert the eq into the loop. "Pre out" and "Main in" need to be linked together or else you won't get any sound. If the factory jumpers are not in place, use a set of RCA patch cords.


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Username: Superjazzyjames

Post Number: 1399
Registered: Oct-10
Cronzer, first off, if your dad can live without an equalizer, that would be best.

If he must have it in the system, connect the output for a tape deck to the eq's line input. Connect the eq's line output to the receiver's tape in put. If the receiver has 2 monitors, make sure that the in & out of the eq are connected to the same monitor. Make sure the tape monitor is "on", "in" or in "play" mode in order to use the eq. Remeber to use the eq to REDUCE ONLY! In other words, if a particular part of the signal is weak, for instance the 500 hz area is weak. Rather than boost the 500 hz band, reduce other parts of the signal instead. Using an eq to boost will cause your amp to distort and even clip at lower volumes than it normally would. The lower the frequency you boost, the worse it will be. The end result: BLOWN SPEAKERS!

Your best bet is to try moving the speakers around the room to see where the sound best. Only use the eq as a last resort. In other words, if the speakers are floor speakers and 3 feet from a wall is the best place for them for sound quality, but you need to keep them closer to the wall in order move around, you may need to reduce the bass.
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