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Old 18th February 2009, 11:16 AM
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How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?


Hi All,

I just got an Onkyo TX-8511 Stereo Receiver (100 W per channel), and am thinking of connecting it to an external equalizer to improve the sound output. Need some pointers on how to go about it, and whether it would really make a difference in the sound.

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Re: How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?

Hi Metal bandit,
It will affect the sound. It alters the frequencies (boosting/lowering). Would not suggest u do this but if u want to then this is the way.
U need one more(pair) of interlink cables. Connect your source(cdp/dvd etc) to the input of the EQ and connect the output of the EQ to the stereo receiver. So the chain is CDP-EQ-RECEIVER-SPEAKERS. Hence the signal is altered before it is amplified.
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Re: How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?

Hey! I think the eq can only alter the sound & not improve the sound out put.
What do you find lacking in the sound?
Which eq are you looking at? How Much are you goin to spend?
All the best.
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Hey! I think the eq can only alter the sound & not improve the sound out put.
What do you find lacking in the sound?
Which eq are you looking at? How Much are you goin to spend?
All the best.
Cheers
The sound was too harsh from my Polk Audio floorstanders. I am thinking whether it can be softened a bit. Not yet singled out any brand as such. Budget is around 4-5 K.
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Hi Metal bandit,
It will affect the sound. It alters the frequencies (boosting/lowering). Would not suggest u do this but if u want to then this is the way.
U need one more(pair) of interlink cables. Connect your source(cdp/dvd etc) to the input of the EQ and connect the output of the EQ to the stereo receiver. So the chain is CDP-EQ-RECEIVER-SPEAKERS. Hence the signal is altered before it is amplified.
Rgds
Thanks for the quick reply dinyaar.. will definitely try this out...
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Re: How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?

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If u are playing it flat(no tweaking treble/bass) the sound is aggressive? What had u heard the speakers thru earlier when u liked the sound?
Am asking all this as i would not advise u to just go buy an equalizer as it can sound artificial and i dunno if any decent ones are available anymore.

Maybe u could try some cables and see if it tames the set up.(speaker cable/interlink etc)
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Re: How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?

I think you are affected by the typical Onkyo sound. Which is impressive for the first few minutes (demos), but sounds harsh once you actually start listening for l.nger durations. Polk doesn't help too much in taming that.

What is the source that you are using?
The first step would be to use a warm sounding CD player.

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Re: How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?

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What receiver is it? If u are playing it flat(no tweaking treble/bass) the sound is aggressive? What had u heard the speakers thru earlier when u liked the sound?
Am asking all this as i would not advise u to just go buy an equalizer as it can sound artificial and i dunno if any decent ones are available anymore.

Maybe u could try some cables and see if it tames the set up.(speaker cable/interlink etc)
Rgds
I had heard the speakers through a Denon 2308. Will try to change the interconnects which are local. Speaker Cables I am using are Illusion Audio Reference Speaker Cables, which are known to be very good.
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Re: How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?

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Hi All,

I just got an Onkyo TX-8511 Stereo Receiver (100 W per channel), and am thinking of connecting it to an external equalizer to improve the sound output. Need some pointers on how to go about it, and whether it would really make a difference in the sound.

Thanks.
I too like my music on the PC equalized for "classical" or "rock" presets. but I do not feel the need for it on my dedicated audio setup. Yes it might help on the many CDs with bad recording that I am planning to junk becoz my audio setup brings out their flaws but I am not going to find out.

One problem I have with 10-band equalizers is that I start fiddling with the many controls when a song begins and find myself still fiddling when the song gets over and I realize I'd forgotten to listen and enjoy the music in the process

A parametric equalizer might help better where room acoustics need correcting.

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Re: How to connect Equalizer to Stereo Amp?

you could also try using a "warmer" source like some yamahas. that might attenuate the high end a bit.


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