Good evening all. Long time computer and electronics guy that finally bought his first "really nice" audio system.
After getting a Samsung 60" 7050 display from Costco (just LOVE the picture quality!!!), I wanted to improve the audio for movies and gaming. Since I have the Samsung 3D Blu-Ray Player, a PS3, and a Xbox 360, I wanted a multiple input, 3D capable home theater receiver with GOOD audio quality.
I also wanted a quality 5.1 set that I could use for DD, DTS, the newer HD audio modes, etc. Yet simple enough to make Internet Sports Radio stations sound good.
After going back and forth between a Pioneer 1121, Onkyo systems, etc... I finally went with:
Marantz SR5006 Receiver
Boston Soundware XS 5.1 speakers and sub
16 gauge wire from Lowe's
Speaker wire "clips" from Lowe's
I cut the wire with my wire tool, leaving extra on all the cables. Then I stripped about a 1/4 to 1/2" back on each end, connected the wires, double-checking all the positives and negatives, locations, etc. Once it was all hooked up, I started up the receiver and began the setup utility.
(Originally, the sub had no sound. I forgot to plug it in before I began the setup utility, and the receiver didn't see it. Quit the utility, got the receiver to acknowledge it, and used a TV tray and the included mic to run the utility for the speakers.)
While I'm not certain about the frequencies to use in the Marantz setup menus, I seemed to have everything setup and working for a while. But 2 days ago I tried to get the ARC working, so when I watched videos stored on my HTPC, over the Smart Hub Video utility in the Samsung, the audio would play out the Marantz speakers.
But I noticed that things seemed off after that, and that with the audio not set to use Neo 6, DPL, or Multichannel audio surround modes, it was like some or all of the audio was muted or missing and the stereo didn't sound right.
I posted about this in the Home Theater PC forum a couple days ago, and didn't get much help.
Last night, I went to play my 360, and I noticed the audio was screwed up. Today I went in and set the audio from the 360 to be Dolby Digital. But despite setting the receiver to DD as well, the audio was still odd / broken. Started to get really concerned.
In an effort to pin down the problem, I went into the Marantz receiver and did a speaker test. And what I found was I'm not getting sound from the Front Left or Front Right speaker. The Center and Rears, as well as the Sub are fine. But something has my FL and FR all jacked up.
Double checked the wires to those small front speakers, and they seem to be connected fine. I've got my receiver set to Zone 2 config, so I briefly tried setting it to Normal (aka 7.1), and no diff. Set it back to Zone 2, no diff. Checked the wires were connected, and the positive and negatives weren't reversed, which they weren't, and no diff.
Any ideas what to try at this point? Want to love the Marantz here, but I'm SO confused and frustrated.