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I am the proud new owner of an AVR 590 and am loving it so far.
Just unboxed it last night and roughly setup the existing mediocre speakers I have, but what a difference a good receiver makes.
We just purchased a house of our own so its time to setup the mini man cave (upstairs) for now until I finish the basement.
I had a cheap samsung HTIB 5.1 for a while just to get off the ground and it was OK for a cheap starter.
I have some decent Sony 3 way towers hooked up in the front with the kit samsung center and surrounds which are capable
of maybe 15 watts before sounding like complete S%#*. I can hardly turn the Denon up to -6db before the center bottoms out.
Just added a Polk PSW10 the other day and coming from a passive sub I am satisfied with its performance for now, but I can
see myself needing an upgrade soon with this receiver. I have already ordered some new 12GA wire and banana jacks to rewire everything properly.
My next step (I think?) should be to get a set of matched front/center speakers to make everything come alive. I will then probably move the Sony towers to the rear for the mean time. Any good suggestions for a nice set of fronts to match with this setup?
That said, yes, getting a matching front soundstage is very important for HT. It's hard to make suggestions without some details like approximate budget, size of the room, etc. With an AVR 590 (btw -- where did you "unbox" it, this receiver is now about 5 years old! did you buy a refurb?) which doesn't have a ton of power, you'd probably want to get reasonable sensitive speakers so they can be driven to good levels without distorting or straining the receiver. Also if you are willing to shop used for better value, knowing your local craigslist metro area can be helpful.
Frankly for now I would disconnect the crap speakers and just run 2ch with the Sony towers until you get better gear. The HTIB speakers are probably garbage and you should just sell them with the whole HTIB set and direct the money towards your REAL setup
When I say unboxed I mean from the seller haha. I know it is an older receiver but for the money I paid it is great bang for the buck. The Polk was a CL score for $60 so Im not mad at that money spent, I know I can do much better but for starters it should do. The budget is not huge for right now (willing to spend several hundred on USED front speakers) and the room is roughly 18x14 the TV is a 50" LED LG. Usually the setup is only running PS4 or bluray hardly watch any TV in this room. From what I have been seeing out there, $300-400 should net me pretty decent front monitors.
Also you failed to mention your local craigslist metro area. That will help if you want someone else to scope out used deals.
For $60 the PSW10 will do fine as a temp fill-in. It would probably be the first in line for an upgrade when you do set up the basement. You could probably repurpose it in another setup (e.g. the living room) where deep, thundering bass isn't as important as the REAL setup.
That is the current size, the final setup will be more than likely double that, conservatively. I am in the Baltimore area. Another plus is, like you said, I can re-purpose the setup for another area which will be my garage. I am going to do audio in there as well when I am working and use an A/B channel for outdoor speakers on the patio.
I have the 590 connected to my BD and HTPC components which go through the 590, but I'm having issues with my HTPC being recognized by my Samsung PN58C550 when the 590 is off. When I turn the television on, I am sometimes given a NO SIGNAL. Yet I have set up the HDMI Passthrough to HDMI3 (the location of my HTPC). The signal does come when I turn the 590 on and select the SAT/CBL button, but sometimes the video will convert to 720 instead of staying at 1080. I have to minimize my Windows Media Center and then maximize it for the video issue to clear up.
I know this must be an error on my part, as there's a setting somewhere I've missed. I also took the advice of many sites to turn off the CEC on the television. If I do that, then I get no audio when I turn the 590 on. Sometimes if I turn the 590 on to get the HTPC to recognize and then shut off the 590, my screen and audio return and I can now use the HTPC.
I've really mucked this portion up pretty good!
Thanks for your help in advance.
Samsung pn58c550; Denon AVR-590; Sony BDP-s270; WMC7 HTPC w/Hauppauge 1850 Dual Tuner; RCA Performance Series OTA; HP MediaSmart EX490; Harmony 880 Remote, Lenovo N5901 Mini Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo
Does anyone know if running my inputs through the 1610 will decrease the quality? Debating if I need to rewire everything so the input sources go directly (HDMI) to the TV and then run optical from the inputs to the AVR.
If you also are going to add 4k sources, they cannot pass through the receiver. The 1610 is too old to support 4k passthrough. So a 4k source would need to connect directly to the TV.
EDIT - despite the added clutter of having both a switch and a splitter, I already have a 2X splitter and found a very highly rated 4X1 switch for a good price. Going this route would allow me to eliminate the need for the optical link. I'd run everything through the switch and then to the AVR. Then from the AVR to the splitter and out to the TV and projector. Using a single HDMI input on the AVR would let me assign a permanent pass through channel and accomplish everything I'm looking to do. I should be able to set up my Harmony One to learn the switch IR codes to change sources and never need to change the source on the AVR.
Last edited by TH3_FRB; 12-31-2014 at 10:47 AM.
I have an AVR-1610. Occasionally, when playing a movie via HDMI from a Sony BDP-BX57 blu-ray player, at relatively high audio levels, I get what sounds like clipping from the center speaker, and if the level isn't reduced, the unit will shut down. I don't think it's an overheat issue: the unit can be immediately turned back on, and it restarts with no delay, so there's no cooldown/reset process going on. Plus, when playing a digital audio source on another input (not HDMI), I can play at much higher levels with no shutdown issues.
My wife watches more movies than I do, and she says it only happens when playing a movie from disk, but not when using the same wifi-enabled blu-ray player to stream a movie.
Having the 1610 shut down right in the middle of an important scene is really irritating. In my searching around for an answer to this issue, I saw some mention of a firmware update, but couldn't find any more about it and finally ended up on this thread. Is this a known issue? Is it related to input level issues rather than output levels? Thanks to anybody who has any ideas on this...
I have been searching far and wide for a solution and stumbled upon this thread. I am somewhat of an Audio Technical noob however was hoping someone could answer what I think is a simple question.
I recently moved house where I was previously running my AVR-1610 on a dedicated secondary Xbox / Plasma setup. Now we have downgraded to a single TV I figured I should try to find a use for my 1610 rather than selling it.
I have an Alienware PC which has two digital audio outputs - (1x) SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK) and (1x) SPDIF Digital Output (Coax).
Is it possible for me to run an optical output from the PC to the Amp? I notice there is only 2 x Optical ports on the Amp - OPT-1 (TV) and OPT-2 (DVR).
I have attempted to run the cable into both ports and turned the Amp to those Sources without any luck. I have no idea if this is because a) it is not possible or b) I need to ammed settings on the Audio settings on the PC or Amp in some way.
Any guidance or education would be welcomed!
On my taskbar at bottom of screen there is the little speaker icon. Click on it and the volume mixer pops up. On the left is the "device" with a drop down menu that will let you switch from speakers to s/pdif
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