Originally Posted by masterchubba
So I decided to run a 5.1 test for my home theater system that is about 10 years old now(Samsung HT-Q80). It all came in one package by Samsung. The speakers, dvd player, subwoofer, all in one. Now I run the test but when the video says sound is supposed to come from the surround speakers behind me. Both left and right I hear nothing however the sound that is supposed to come from the left surround comes from the front left front speaker instead and the right surround is completely silent. When I play a movie sometimes I hear sound come from the surrounds but it is usually muffled sounds or what sounds like loud banging. Nothing clear can be heard from the speakers like a helicopter flying by or gunshots just loud thunder cracks. I am not sure if it is a wiring problem since the wires are in the walls or if the speakers are broken. I found someone selling working speakers on ebay but i am not sure if new speakers will fix the problem and i don't want to waste money.
Probably hooked up incorrectly as the speaker connections are VERY unusual in their layout.
The front right and rear right speaker connectors on the back of the receiver are right next to each other which is VERY VERY odd and unexpected and they are on the left of the receivers rear panel next to TWO pairs of speaker wires that need to go to the center, which, again is VERY VERY odd. The passive subwoofer and right front and rear connections are separated from the others which again is odd and makes mistakes almost a guarantee.
If all the speakers have a pair of wires running to them and connected properly , (the center needs two pairs), then for starters I'd assume they MIGHT have done that correctly so I'd start with the connections on the rear of the receiver to make sure there are none without a pair of wired properly connected.
If there are but you you still have a problem you are in for a bit of a pickle.
But first check the rear panel, take a photo, and then get back to us.
I'd be shocked if they had the smarts to label the wires at the rear of the receiver but maybe you will be in luck.
Here are links to your system and most importantly the owners manual.