Outdoor speaker setup
We currently have a Sony str d715 and we installed 4 infinity outrigger jr. speakers outside, used 14 gauge wire and the speakers are 210 feet from the receiver. We are getting very poor sound from the speakers...flat and no quality at all. We are not savvy at all with this so any assistance would be great
Are you sure the polarity is correct. + to + and - to -. That can get switched on long runs of wire. Are you running 1 set of speakers on A and the other on B?
2 Channel System
Dynaudio Contour 1.8 Mk II
Pass Labs X150.5 (Amp)
Cary SLP-03 (Preamp)
Music Hall MMF 5.1 (TT)
Goldring 1012GX (Cart.)
Pro-ject SE II (Phono Box)
Rotel RCD-1072 (CD Player)
Bryston BDA-1 ( DAC )
Sennheiser HD-600 (Headphones)
Musical Fidelity Xcan V3 (Headphone Amp) _
Usher X-719 (Mains)
Usher X-616 (Center)
Usher S-520 (Surrounds)
Rel T2 (Subwoofer)
Anthem MCA20 (Amp)
Onkyo TX SR-705 (Receiver)
Panasonic TH-46PZ85U (Plasma TV)
Denon DBT-1713UD (BluRay/SACD)
Check the connections as Jack said. If they are all correct, try connecting the speakers to a shorter run of speaker cable to see if the distance is the problem. If it is, then you could try 10g wire from Blue Jeans Cable -- Quality Cables at Reasonable Prices or get a receiver with some current, like a Harman Kardon 3490 that is a high current design at 45 peak amps. It will have the oomph to go the distance unlike the Sony. I would still use 10g cable with it though.
Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
Parasound A21 amp
Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
Music Hall 25.2 CDP
Adcom GFR 700 AVR
Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
Velodyne CHT 8 sub
You might be doing nothing wrong. It just might be the nature of the beast.
The job of a speaker is to move air. The smaller the roon, the more, and generally better, the sound you get. Speakers always sound "smaller" outside when they have to move lots of air in an open space.
These speakers are 4" in diameter. That's basically a small table radio. Even in a small room they are gonna sound a bit thin and lack dynamics.
Also, 210 feet is a heckuva lot of speaker wire and is going to dissapate a lot of your available power over it's length, particularly when you consider you're running a four (I'm assuming) ohm load. Likewise, you most likely are losing some of the highs as well over that distance.
Sometimes, a big boom box really makes sense.
Last edited by markw; 06-24-2013 at 09:23 AM.
There may be small room and volume may be high.
Also you can reconnect your speaker device.
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