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Please be respectful if this is an obvious question. I'm currently building a home theater setup and I'm looking at a high quality, but relatively inexpensive, subwoofer. I'm migrating away from a boxed HT setup, so my current Yamaha sub only has one output (sub out), and it sounds pretty good. However, all of the subwoofers that are sold on Newegg appear to be a pass-through type of sub, with no place for the subwoofer cable. Oddly enough, some of these subs have a 'combo deal', which includes a sub cable. Does it go in one of the L/R inputs? Please take a look at the sub below and let me know where the sub cabe would go on this box. If it doesn't, just let me know. I just don't know if one of the L/R inputs can be used as a sub out.

Newegg Link to Polk Audio Sub
post #2 of 10
EDIT: misread... thought u ment you didnt know which spot on the soundcard...

That looks like the sub itself and you plug L/R speakers into it
I still might be wrong as i am not an Audiophile... Wait for someone else to answer better
Edited by kill - 4/30/11 at 1:42pm
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Originally Posted by kill;13332672 
Should be able to choose which output it is... in the software

Help me out; software?
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Your plugging this into a PC? get one of those L/R to 3.5mm jack adapter things, and plug into the sub port on the soundcard. I THINK its black but i don't remember as im not at my desktop.
    
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Originally Posted by iCrap;13332738 
Your plugging this into a PC? get one of those L/R to 3.5mm jack adapter things, and plug into the sub port on the soundcard. I THINK its black but i don't remember as im not at my desktop.

Sorry, I should have specified. This is for a receiver (home theater).
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Originally Posted by skitzogreg;13332764 
Sorry, I should have specified. This is for a receiver (home theater).

Ah. My HT sub only uses channel input going into the receiver. So i guess you could just do the same. Sounds good though, Shakes the room biggrin.gif
    
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From a sub out you'd use 1 channel on the line in on the sub and the manual will tell you which one (its right on my current and was also on the last IIRC).
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1) The receiver should have a subwoofer pre-out. It's a single channel RCA type connection. You can use any RCA cable you'd like to hook it up. If it does NOT have this connection, then you'll have to use speaker wire connections from the L/R channels.

2) Don't buy a subwoofer off newegg, they don't carry much that's any good. That Polk Audio that you're looking at is honestly garbage for the money.

Look into the Dayton SUB100 or SUB120 in that particular budget range.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;13332937 
1) The receiver should have a subwoofer pre-out. It's a single channel RCA type connection. You can use any RCA cable you'd like to hook it up. If it does NOT have this connection, then you'll have to use speaker wire connections from the L/R channels.

2) Don't buy a subwoofer off newegg, they don't carry much that's any good. That Polk Audio that you're looking at is honestly garbage for the money.

Look into the Dayton SUB100 or SUB120 in that particular budget range.

I'm looking at them now. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by skitzogreg;13332648 
Please be respectful if this is an obvious question. I'm currently building a home theater setup and I'm looking at a high quality, but relatively inexpensive, subwoofer. I'm migrating away from a boxed HT setup, so my current Yamaha sub only has one output (sub out), and it sounds pretty good. However, all of the subwoofers that are sold on Newegg appear to be a pass-through type of sub, with no place for the subwoofer cable. Oddly enough, some of these subs have a 'combo deal', which includes a sub cable. Does it go in one of the L/R inputs? Please take a look at the sub below and let me know where the sub cabe would go on this box. If it doesn't, just let me know. I just don't know if one of the L/R inputs can be used as a sub out.

Newegg Link to Polk Audio Sub

Heya,

The back of your receiver should have an RCA sub-output. You simply plug it into the back of your amped sub. Bigger ones have different options depending on how you're setting it up. You'll have an unfiltered LFE IN likely, and then a L/R channel input. Depending on your receiver and setup, you'll use one of those. The most common is going to be simply using the R channel input. Most manuals will tell you which to plug your input into. And if you can't be bothered reading (hey, most don't!), then simply plug your input into one of them. It will make audio, or not. But again, most commonly it will be the Right channel input from your receivers sub-out line.

By the way, NewEgg does have some nice subs. They're not top end at all, but don't be put off Polk Audio just because of the internet. The PSW505 12" is actually quite a beast for it's price. NewEgg is always having nice sales and %-off things every week. When this sub is back in stock, you can get it for less than $250 which is a great deal on this sub. It's response and range is actually good. And not just because of numbers (which it has!), but I also have this sub and it is a real house shaker. Clean and low. Well worth the bump in price over the 10". Highly recommended for entry level.

Very best,
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