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DENON AVR-S920W how to connect from a SpeakerCraft Speer

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DENON AVR-S920W how to connect from a SpeakerCraft Speer sitter already built in home
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Home Theater-Stereo
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
The SpeakerCraft was in the home when I bought it...it was connected to a DENON device from what I was told ..it had a zone 2setup on the old device ...this one does not. I have a home theater area and another room that is for entertainment with its own set of speakers through the SpeakerCraft...how do I set it up with this model?
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

Hi Chet and welcome to the site, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.

Initially, bear with us; re-confirm and post back with the complete model number of the "...SpeakerCraft Speer sitter..." Additionally, please describe how the AVR-S920W is connected to this SpeakerCraft product(s).

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Hello Louie-It was suppose to SpeakerCraft Speaker System....I just need to know how to hook the SpeakerCraft to the AVR-S920w
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

If it is an independent speaker system, then it would preferably wired likewise as FRONT R & L speakers. However, it may need a switcher box.

Would you be comfortable with this approach ?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No the system was set up through the back of the DENON it has one audio cable (Red) in from the SpeakerCraft and a HDMI coming from the wall.... where do the HDMI and the Audio cable get plugged into the AVR-S920w?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
The HDMI Cable come from the Wall Conneneted through the SpeakerCraft
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Only need to know where those two get connected
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

The AVR-S920w does not have audio output that can work with "...audio cable (Red) in from the SpeakerCraft and a HDMI ...".

This model has only audio output from its SUBWOOFER PREOUT and the speaker terminals.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
what do you suggest as those are the only two Cables I have to connect?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
The audio cable must then connect to the subwoofer 1
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
The cable from the wall must be something else that was set up
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Unless I set the HDMI to an auxiliary setting
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

The SUBWOOFER PREOUT can not be used since its output would only be the BASS / low frequency.

Which leaves us no choice but to attempt as posted above, "...wired likewise as FRONT R & L speakers..."

First, any model number of the SpeakerCraft?

How do you turn it on/off? ...once turned on, is there a thump and/or humming sound when the "...audio cable (Red) in from the SpeakerCraft ..." is touched?

What exactly please is this "...audio cable (Red)..."? ...does it have a connector? ...or a plug?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
A red audio plug
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
SpeakerCraft bass power 250
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

RCA plug? Or better yet, a clear picture please; click HERE.

How is the SpeakerCraft Speaker System turned on?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
S4vc multi room speaker selector
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

The SpeakerCraft bass power 250 is a MONO amplifier primarily for use with subwoofers.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Plugged into power strip from connection inside wall
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

The SpeakerCraft - S4VC Multiroom Speaker Selector IS a switcher box.

Please re-confirm that the other connection is a "...HDMI coming from the wall..."

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What do you suggest and how do We do it?
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

Let's step back and check / review the basics.

Have you tried the ".once turned on, is there a thump and/or humming sound when the "...audio cable (Red) in from the SpeakerCraft ..." is touched?"

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

And there is a thump / humming sound?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Very loud
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

If yes, connect this "... red audio plug..." to the DDenon's PRE OUT SUBWOOFER 1.

Reduce the Denon's volume and set it to an FM music station. Test if there would be sound from the Denon's own speakers and from the SpeakerCraft subwoofer/speaker.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Will do
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Only from the speakers in the theater area
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

If none from the SpeakerCraft subwoofer/speaker., then please check/ensure that the Denon's Subwoofer setting is set to On and Subwoofer Mode is set for "LEF+Main". Also verify that all other speakers of the Denon are set to "Small".

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
will do
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Only working from theater speakers even though a green light is on the SpeakerCraft
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Nothing from SpeakerCraft
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

Please re-confirm....

  • remove the SpeakerCraft's red (RCA?) audio plug from the PRE OUT SUBWOOFER 1 jack of the Denon;
  • with the SpeakerCraft turned on, was there a thump/humming sound from SpeakerCraft's speakers when removing this plug?
  • when the tip of this plug is touched?
  • when plugging back in?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
when removing plug there is humming, Yes when touching the plug after unplugged there is humming ..when I go to plug it in no sound
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

Kindly consider / perform a RESET of the Denon.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
All do
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

Sorry; "...All do..." RESET done?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I have to reset everything....let me get back with you later. Thanks for you're help
Expert:  Louie replied 4 months ago.

Yes please, when able.

Incidentally, the User's Manual shows a full reset back to factory settings on p. 239.

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