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Hi,
I am very new in AV receiver world. Recently I bought Onkyo HT-RC260 AV receiver with klipsch HD300 (5.1) speakers. I did all the setup and start enjoying it. Sound is great when it comes to play movies with surround sound. My problem started when I tried to listen songs from my laptop or thru Wii. I am not getting very good sound when it plays any songs. It sounds like I am playing on some old stereo system. I don't know if I did wrong setup or something. I know its a great receiver, but also other hand, I don't know if it as good for music as well. 60% I am using this for songs and music. I am ready to change this system if its not meant for music. But before that I would like to take expert advices.
Please let me know if you have any solution for this or you need additional details.
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How have you connected these? Are you using bass management or any DSPs?

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Hard to say what is wrong without hearing it. You would want to start with whatever the default mode is (stereo only, no effects.)

You would want to try to assess what's wrong. Is bass ok, for example? Is the audio harsh (from overdriving your system, perhaps?)

If it was me, I would play a full frequency sweep test tone (you can find them online.) I would do this for each speaker separately (turning off or disconnecting the other speaker.) This would let me know that there was nothing obviously wrong with either the left or right speaker and that bass management was working properly (that subwoofer seems a bit low end, but it should manage some bass extension.)

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Hi,
I am very new in AV receiver world. Recently I bought Onkyo HT-RC260 AV receiver with klipsch HD300 (5.1) speakers. I did all the setup and start enjoying it. Sound is great when it comes to play movies with surround sound. My problem started when I tried to listen songs from my laptop or thru Wii. I am not getting very good sound when it plays any songs. It sounds like I am playing on some old stereo system. I don't know if I did wrong setup or something. I know its a great receiver, but also other hand, I don't know if it as good for music as well. 60% I am using this for songs and music. I am ready to change this system if its not meant for music. But before that I would like to take expert advices.
Please let me know if you have any solution for this or you need additional details.

Your receiver is as good as any for music. Try putting a standard CD in your player and I'll bet it sounds just fine.
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Thanks all for quick reply, bass seems to ok, I am listening with All Ch Stereo mode. Actually I am not getting music clearly from speakers. Voice still ok, but beats, and instrument sounds are not proper. I think receiver still in default mode as I didn't touch the receiver setup yet, neither did the audessey setup. Just FYI... I connected my laptop thru HDMI Aux and playing songs directly from you tube.

Even my logitech 2.1 speakers system gives great sound directly connected from laptop.
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how about playing a CD using the laptop's player or any standalones?

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Thanks all for quick reply, bass seems to ok, I am listening with All Ch Stereo mode. Actually I am not getting music clearly from speakers. Voice still ok, but beats, and instrument sounds are not proper. I think receiver still in default mode as I didn't touch the receiver setup yet, neither did the audessey setup. Just FYI... I connected my laptop thru HDMI Aux and playing songs directly from you tube.

Even my logitech 2.1 speakers system gives great sound directly connected from laptop.

I like all channel stereo. But it may not be the best mode to evaluate your receiver when it comes to music.

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Does speaker placement matter for music? I placed two front speakers ~6 feet about from floor, center - on top of the TV and surround - both side of my sitting position with same height (6 feet).
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how about playing a CD using the laptop's player or any standalones?

I didn't tried this, actually I don't have any original CD . I'll give a try.

I read in some forum, Denon, yamaha are good in musics and songs. Is it true?
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Thanks all for quick reply, bass seems to ok, I am listening with All Ch Stereo mode. Actually I am not getting music clearly from speakers. Voice still ok, but beats, and instrument sounds are not proper. I think receiver still in default mode as I didn't touch the receiver setup yet, neither did the audessey setup. Just FYI... I connected my laptop thru HDMI Aux and playing songs directly from you tube.

Even my logitech 2.1 speakers system gives great sound directly connected from laptop.

1. Try stereo, not all channel stereo.
2. Do the full Audyssey setup procedure.
3. Try using a CD as the sound quality of YouTube is terrible.

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1. Try stereo, not all channel stereo.
2. Do the full Audyssey setup procedure.
3. Try using a CD as the sound quality of YouTube is terrible.

Thanks, I'll try all the three setup and let you know if it improves the quality.
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Do the system setups. You can't evaluate the sound until you do.

The notion that one AVR is more "musical" than another is a myth.
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Does speaker placement matter for music? I placed two front speakers ~6 feet about from floor, center - on top of the TV and surround - both side of my sitting position with same height (6 feet).

Speaker placement matters for all sound

Rooms are very much accoustically imperfect. Changing speaker placement can change speaker/room interaction.

I am sure there's numerous sources online explain how best to setup speakers.

e.g. http://www.audioholics.com/tweaks/sp...up-guidelines/ (I did not read this, but Audioholics does a good job on their articles, IMO)

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One quick question:
to get proper 5.1 surround sound, do I really need to give 5.1 channel input as source? I don't think so else what receiver will do. My problem is, in very few cases I am getting 5.1 sound.
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One quick question:
to get proper 5.1 surround sound, do I really need to give 5.1 channel input as source?

If by proper, you mean discrete 5.1 from a 5.1 source, yes.

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I don't think so else what receiver will do. My problem is, in very few cases I am getting 5.1 sound.

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This maybe a dumb question- but you said you dont have any original cd's. Are you playing mp3's? That might be the reason.

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This maybe a dumb question- but you said you dont have any original cd's. Are you playing mp3's? That might be the reason.

Yes, I am playing through iTunes and MP3 CDs. But I guess I am good now or I can say use to it.
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