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Yamaha ht-4065 sounds good but I have to crank volume real high

post #1 of 6
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I'm new to home theater and recently bought a yamaha 4065 with pioneer sb-bs22 fronts, pioneer sb-cs22 center and polk om3 surrounds, and polk psw505 sub. The system sounds really good with music and movies, but I have to crank the volume to -15 to -10 to watch movies. Is it possible that something is wrong with the reciever? I've tried using adaptive dynamic range but it didn't help much, I still had to cank up the volume.
post #2 of 6
Nothing wrong with your receiver. The sensitivity of those Pioneer BS22 speakers is only 85db. That means it takes quite a bit more power to push them to the same volume levels as a 90db speaker.

If you want louder sound at a lower volume on your receiver you'd have to replace your speakers with some that have a much higher sensitivity.
post #3 of 6
Out of curiosity how large is the room you are in..
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Thread Starter 
My room is about 15 by 25, thanks for the info. I guess my speakers are just a lower sensitivity. I was looking a their specs and it says they are 6 impendence. Would it make a difference if I lowered the impendence setting on my reciever, I think the default is 8?
post #5 of 6
As stated by Afro-GT the sensitivity is on the low side ,and given the room size an amplifier upgrade would be of no help. Every 3db increase in sound level requires a doubling of amplifier power, Those speaker were never meant to fill a room that size. Maybe check the speaker forum and ask some question about speakers that would work in that size room, unless you are not able to use a bigger speaker(WAF). The pioneers can be repurposed to surround detail once you can upgrade.
post #6 of 6
As long as you can get the volume you want with no audible distortion, there is no problem.

The only other concern would be if the amplifier runs too hot to keep your hand on it.
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