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Setting up 4.1 on a 5.1 receiver? -solved

IlluminatusCU 4,469 116 February 23, 2016 at 08:56 AM
I have a Pioneer VSX 524 receiver in my living room, and run pretty much everything off of an XBox One. I have two speakers and a subwoofer off of that, and so far my 2.1 system has been fine. I recently came across some rear speakers, so I wouldn't mind hooking them up, but I can't seem to figure out how to arrange the settings to do so.

When I set it to 5.1, naturally it wants to send audio to a center channel that doesn't exist, so I lose pretty much all the voices. If I leave it on stereo, it doesn't seem to use the rear speakers.

My ideal arrangement would be a 4.1 positional with the front speakers splitting the center channel, which was basically the setup I had on my PC for years. I would settle for duplicated stereo if that was my only option. But I'm not sure how or if that can be arranged.

Receiver manual: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com...041414.pdf

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Quote from IlluminatusCU View Post :
I have a Pioneer VSX 524 receiver in my living room, and run pretty much everything off of an XBox One. I have two speakers and a subwoofer off of that, and so far my 2.1 system has been fine. I recently came across some rear speakers, so I wouldn't mind hooking them up, but I can't seem to figure out how to arrange the settings to do so.

When I set it to 5.1, naturally it wants to send audio to a center channel that doesn't exist, so I lose pretty much all the voices. If I leave it on stereo, it doesn't seem to use the rear speakers.

My ideal arrangement would be a 4.1 positional with the front speakers splitting the center channel, which was basically the setup I had on my PC for years. I would settle for duplicated stereo if that was my only option. But I'm not sure how or if that can be arranged.

Receiver manual: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com...041414.pdf

Not really sure you can do that. Output will always go to the center channel in a 5.1 setup. You might be able to get around it be merging two signals with some sort of mixer but I hardly think it is worth it to avoid the cost of an additional speaker since you would have to spend money on the mixer and setup to do it anyway. Your best bet would be to just pay for a center speaker (even if it is an inexpensive one) to make everything work imo. it will sound better also. That or just stick to 2.1.
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Not really sure you can do that. Output will always go to the center channel in a 5.1 setup. You might be able to get around it be merging two signals with some sort of mixer but I hardly think it is worth it to avoid the cost of an additional speaker since you would have to spend money on the mixer and setup to do it anyway. Your best bet would be to just pay for a center speaker (even if it is an inexpensive one) to make everything work imo. it will sound better also. That or just stick to 2.1.
I believe that yanksin2009's opinion/explanation is as correct as it gets.
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You can set up for no center in speaker configuration. Page 20 in your manual.
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You can set up for no center in speaker configuration. Page 20 in your manual.
That worked, thank you very much!
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That worked, thank you very much!
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