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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, first time posting here!

I have done some searching on this and have a question or two:

I just got a new receiver and TV. The receiver has a left and right output per channel (it does 7.1 max). I currently have a 5.1 setup. Center channel, 2 front speakers (Definitive Tech BP2000), 2 rear tower speakers, and a sub.

I have everything wired but the front BP2000 speakers. Here is a picture of the rear wiring inputs:



How do I wire these? I have them in the low portion right now and it works. I was reading on some other threads about having to all the grounds on H/M/L connected together, and the powers of the H/M/L connected together as well, then run my inputs into those. Question being, how would I go about doing that? They're banana plugs, so would I have to put a plug into each input with a wire out the back, then twist them together and put an end on that? The monster wire I am running BARELY fits into one banana plug, so I doubt I could get 3 wires worth into a plug, even if I strip it down to the copper innards. I thought about 2 into 1 adapter, so I could hook up the High and Medium, then use the 1 wire to connect another 2 into 1 adapter into the H/M wire and the Low wire, then connect my input into that, but that would look extremely... cheesy? Also worried about the sound being degraded. I just got a huge roll of monster cable and monster ends for EVERYTHING... so with the wire and connectors and TV/receiver being used, I only want to do this once and do it RIGHT.

Thanks for any help guys!

EDIT: Don't mind the dust, that will be cleaned up!
post #2 of 8
I have owned those type definitives for several years. My advice, leave them wired as they are. I also see your subwoofer level knob is turned all the way up which is unnecessary. Most people have them somewhere between 11 and 1 o'clock.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to drop a line back in here:

Went and fiddled with it some, turns out the gold outline is actual gold. It looks like the store I bought it from many moons ago installed these by unscrewing the banana plugs and putting the bridge on it, then screwing it back in. I have since taken the input plugs and put them in the middle.

Subwoofer is turned up because it is pointing right next to my cabinet towers. I will get a picture for you guys in a few.
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by Jeezus View Post

Just wanted to drop a line back in here:

Went and fiddled with it some, turns out the gold outline is actual gold. It looks like the store I bought it from many moons ago installed these by unscrewing the banana plugs and putting the bridge on it, then screwing it back in. I have since taken the input plugs and put them in the middle.

Subwoofer is turned up because it is pointing right next to my cabinet towers. I will get a picture for you guys in a few.


With the gold plated connectors connecting your connections from the High/Mid and lows it doesnt matter where you stick the banana plugs because they are all getting the same input. Now if you pull the connector off of the low input and run the connector on the High and Mid you will have to run either speaker wire to the Low or use the RCA Full Range or LFE to power the woofer.

As was suggested no matter if your woofer is up against something or not you shouldn't run it above 10-1 Oclock because the bass becomes bloated and doesnt sound right. If the woofer is that tight against your ET Center you should switch them to the opposite sides so the woofer points outward.

your towers need some breathing room as well. You didnt say how much room you have from the front wall and the side walls. But hopefully you know that the bipolar towars need 16-24" from the front wall and the same if not more from the side walls.

Definitely need to get that dust off of your connections, in the end you should potentially short out your Low Level amp as that dust does end up grounding out and will jump across just like you have a wired connected directly from the positve to the negative side. Then you will end up having to replace a BP2000 amp and I dont think you want to do that.
post #5 of 8
Those are BP2000TL's.

As others have mentioned, the way you have it hooked up in the picture is best for most situations.

As for the level control knob: Depending on his bass management settings on the receiver side, having the knob full CW isn't really an issue. Now, if it's full CW due to placement then no, it's not optimal.

Cheers
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Back to answer some more of the questions.
Here is the set up right now. Sorry for the bad camera phone pictures!



I will be swapping the 2 front tower speakers since the subwoofers on them are pointing inwards and there is about 3" of space between the speakers and the media towers. Regarding the distance from the wall, the BP2000TL's are about 6" from them. There wouldn't be a way we can move them to the recommended distances because it would be too much in the way. They are already flush with the front of the media towers. It isn't a big deal, the room this is in has an 18 foot ceiling that plays hell with the sound, not to mention the heating bill!

Just got the new 4 color TV installed. If you can see, the old TV (57" Panasonic HD TV) is in the far right corner.
post #7 of 8
So my question is do you plug in the LFE to the SUB out or leave it the way it is? I too have a pair of the original 2000's smile.gif
post #8 of 8
Just found this thread. Here is my opinion. I have the BP2002tl's, I have spent literally, days messing with this. I believe if you want the best sound out of these speakers, you want to hook them up in the "full range" configuration. To do this, (use pre-existing LFE cables) u will need to use your L/R pre-outs to connect to your speaker "full range" RCA connection and turn your subs off in the onkyo. There is no splitting of the signal and your bass in the towers will sound tighter.
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