Reply To: Help with Penta 3 speakers?

Steve at Sounds Heavenly
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Sorry for the slow reply, yes I can help! My website is offline over the weekend, but the links below will work from Monday morning.

Although your Denon receiver doesn’t have RCA pre-out sockets fitted, , you can still connect the speakers by one of the two methods below:-

1) Connect two speakers to the headphone socket of the receiver with this cable:

2) Connect two speakers to the red and black speaker terminals on the back of the receiver using this special Attenuated Converter: and then use this cable to connect the speakers to the output sockets of the Converter:

Option 1 is cheaper, but the cable will be visible at the front of the receiver and this will disable any other speakers connected to the receiver. Option 2 allows the cables to be hidden and the Beolab speakers can be used along with your other speakers for surround sound if required.

The converter above (option 2) will give better sound quality than using the Speakerlink input of the Pentas (which are basically doing the same job of attenuating the speaker level signal). However, the best option of all is to upgrade the receiver to one that has RCA pre-out sockets fitted, as this gives the best sound quality and makes it easier to add more speakers in the future.

Ideally, I would suggest looking at the Pioneer SC-LX59, Denon AVC-X3700H, Yamaha RX-A880 or RX-V785 AV processors/receivers, all of which have audio pre-out sockets for easy connection of Beolab speakers for a Dolby surround sound setup.

Please feel free to get in touch at any time via my sponsor link below or reply to this thread if you have any questions and I will be happy to help!

Kind regards, Steve.