Wiring and setup question?


New member
Username: Rizocg

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jul-06

i just upgraded from my kenwood surround sound receiver to an Onkyo Tx-DS797 THX receiver.
1st question; when i check my speaker set up with the receiver (checking for left, right, center, sub and sorround) everything sounds okay (wired right). but when i listen to for example to dysney movie NEMO that has also the speaker thx setup. it doen't sound right. when i do the speaker set up check. for example surround sound speakers sounds on left and right speakers and sub sounds on center i think?
why? is it something with my set dvd set up (audio output)? also i have a cheap DVD player hook up to the receiver by RCA left and right cables. could this be the problem?
also it doesn't sound as crispy as i heard it at the store. could it be my speakers? i'm still using my stock speakers that came with my kenwood surround sound, they are actually technics speakers 2 big fronts, small center, 2 small rear and a 10" jbl sub.

can anybody recomend some good and in-expensive speakers?


Bronze Member
Username: Apresler07

Canal Winchester, Ohio USA

Post Number: 39
Registered: Jun-06
It is because you have it hooked up via rca cables. Get a good optical cable or coaxial cable and then the surround sound should be fine.

Gold Member
Username: Project6

Post Number: 8782
Registered: Dec-03
A little reading of the manual will also help you set-up your home theater properly.

Gold Member
Username: Project6

Post Number: 8783
Registered: Dec-03
What is your budget for the speakers?

New member
Username: Rizocg

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jul-06
probably around $500

but it's kind of hard spending $500 on speakers after i paid $150 for the receiver.

i just need something that sounds decent (better than my stock).

maybe you guys can give me a list from 1 to 5 so i can choose from!

Gold Member
Username: Project6

Post Number: 8796
Registered: Dec-03
try this


It is not uncommon to spend money on speakers more expensive than the receiver.

New member
Username: Movie_collector

Folsom, California U.s

Post Number: 7
Registered: Jan-07
With you have thoughts of upgrading your receiver, I would go with something like this Def Tech speaker system. I am getting a set for a spare bedroom. They sound great and would go with any receiver you decide on.

My System:
Pioneer Elite 50in Plasma
Pioneer Elite DVD Player
B&K Processor
B&K AMP 200x7
Panamax Power Station
Definitive 7001 Speakers (Front)
Definitive Reference Subwoofer
Definitive 3000 Center Speaker
Definitive BPVX/P Rear Speakers
All above speakers have built in Sub's and AMP's which are all self powered.
Dish Network HD Box
AudioQuest CV4(DBS)Cables (Front Speakers)
AudioQuest Interconnects for AMP (Cobra Model)
Illuminaire Blue Back lighting
Harmony 880 Remote
300 DVD Collection
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