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Pioneer VSX-822/BIC Acoustech PL-89 Help

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Hi,

I just received my new PL-89s today, and got them hooked up. I have to say I am disappointed with the sound so far. I thought that maybe since I am a newbie there may be something I am missing (settings, break-in period). Any advice that is provided would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
Check for correct polarity on the speakers. If you have one wired up backwards from the other it'll sound pretty bad.
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Checked the polarity, and they are both hooked up the same. I guess maybe I should clarify; they don't sound horrible they are clear, and both speakers sound the same. They just do not sound like I thought they would. There is no definition to the music, and the bass is not what I would expect it to be from (2) 8" woofers. That's why I thought it might be a setting on the receiver. Any other thoughts would be welcomed.

Thanks,

Kory
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Or maybe the receiver doesn't have the juice to push them?
post #5 of 6
Well your certainly not pushing them with the greatest receiver out there but the BIC's are very efficient and even some of the crappiest amps out there can sound beautiful through an awesome pair of speakers. I would make the assumption that this is your first experience with horn loaded speakers??? If that is the case they can take some getting used to since they are much more of a natural, in your face, unconditioned sound. When I purchased my first set of Klipsch Reference Series speakers about 8 years ago I thought I had made a serious mistake. Now I would never buy anything but a horn loaded speaker. I will say though that I originally powered them with a Yamaha receiver before upgrading to a Denon and the horns sound MUCH better powered by the Denon so the receiver could be the issue still. I recently got a chance to hear the PL-89's for the first time at a holiday party and I was TOTALLY impressed. They were paired with a brand new Onkyo 818 and they were playing music and they sounded beautiful. I am anxious to hear whether you decided to keep these and if they sounded better once they were broke in and you had time to get used to them? I certainly wouldn't make a final judgement without hooking them up to a receiver with bit better build quality than your current Pioneer. Maybe one of the recent Pioneer Elite models with some room correction technology would make these babies sing????
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Checked the polarity, and they are both hooked up the same. I guess maybe I should clarify; they don't sound horrible they are clear, and both speakers sound the same. They just do not sound like I thought they would. There is no definition to the music, and the bass is not what I would expect it to be from (2) 8" woofers. That's why I thought it might be a setting on the receiver. Any other thoughts would be welcomed.

Thanks,

Kory

So did you keep them? what happened?
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