Well, looks like I bought a defective open box amp.
After getting everything hooked up, I can only get sound through 1 speaker (Front Right).
Here's how I made the connections:
1). On my RX- A3000, I connected a white RCA cord to the White RCA Front/F. Presence pre-out jack, then plugged the other end of the white RCA cable to the #2
Left channel jack on the MX-A5000 and set the switch to unbalanced.
2). On my RX- A3000, I connected a Red RCA cord to the Red RCA Front/F. Presence pre-out jack, then plugged the other end of the Red RCA cable to the #2
Right channel jack on the MX-A5000 and set the switch to unbalanced.
3). I then plugged the Left channel speaker wire to the #2
A channel speaker jacks on the MX-A5000 with correct polarity.
4). I then plugged the Right channel speaker wire to the #2
A channel speaker jacks on the MX-A5000 with the correct polarity.
5). Since I used #2
A instead of #2
B, on the front panel of the MX-A5000 I pushed in the A channel switch and left the B channel switch pushed out.
6). I the selected 7 Channel + Front in the RX-A3000 Power Amp assign menu.
7). At this point, I could only get sound out of my Right speaker when I chose 2 Channel stereo. Sound came out of all speakers except for the Front Left when I chose 7 Channel stereo.
8). I took a video of my setup for steps 1-7
9). I then decided to add in the center channel to see if adding that would work, and after adding a new RCA cable connection from my ABR's Center pre-out to the #1
channel RCA input and connecting the Center Channel speaker wire to the MX-A5000, I got some faint sound through the Center and Front Right (and still nothing from Front Left) along with a good amount of static and then heard popping sounds in my speakers and the MX-A5000 shut down. I turned the MX-A5000 on again to see if it would turn on, which it did but then 10 - 15 seconds later the speakers popped and the MX-A5000 shut down again.
A that point I gave up.
Any ideas? Do you see anything glaringly wrong in how I have set this up?
I spoke with Best Buy and they said that they might be willing to exchange the amp for a new one! They didn't say that there would be an additional charge, but I guess they didn't say that there wouldn't be an additional charge either.