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post #1 of 5 Old 03-17-2013, 05:52 PM - Thread Starter
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I am looking for some help please with the following situation:

I have a new Denon AVR-1713 receiver.
I have an old surround sound 5.1 Dell Speaker System, Model MMS-5650.
The unit is marked "4ohm".
I have attached below a 'diagram' of the speaker system.
The centre unit has a volume control which appears to control the volume for all speakers.
I wish to use the speakers with the Denon receiver.

When I first connected the Dell speakers, the Denon soon shut down with an overload indication.
If I set the Denon volume very low then it worked fine - though quite hot.
I then set the volume control on the Dell system to a high value, about three quarters of max setting.
With that setting I can get quite a high volume without the Denon unit overheating and shutting down.

So, I seek advice please. Is this speaker system unsuitable for connection to the Denon?
Should I just set the Dell volume to max and then use the Denon to vary the resulting volume?
Should I buy a set of separate speakers and bin the Dell set?

Any comments or advice welcome.

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Get new speakers. Quickly.
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Yes new speakers are needed. I am curious how you physically connected the Dell to the Denon... as those speaker systems typically only have 3.5mm jacks as inputs? Did you cut the wires?

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Thank you for replies.
Yes, I cut the wires!!
I was afraid you would say new speakers.
I am guessing the Dell system has some class of amplifier built in, but not in the same class as the Denon.

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Ok so did you cut the wires coming from the sub to the speakers or cut the wires going into the sub... I am assuming the former as you didn't set anything on fire. Those tiny speakers are 4ohm as it states and are probably very low sensitivity hence needing a lot of power for decent volume. Though it may not be obvious computer speakers used with a home theater AVR is not a good idea for the reasons stated above. Any time there is a solid wire like that and not spring clips or a five way binding post they are usually proprietary to whatever set they come with and can't really be transferred to other systems.

If you are in the US check out monoprice.com they have some really cheap 5.1 systems( like under $100) which will probably be of better quality than the Dells anyway

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