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Hey guys,

I currently have a Sony DAV-S880 but the receiver is starting to die so I'm looking to get a new one. The speaker wires aren't the usual ones with bare metal where you push down the button, poke the wire in, and then release the button (don't know the proper term sorry). All 6 look like this:
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Am I meant to chop off the plug on the speakers, strip the wire back a bit for it to work in an amp like this?
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post #2 of 20
Yep just cut the plugs off, make sure to figure out which is positive and negative.
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post #3 of 20
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Okay cool, only problem is the sub, it has a different connector on the back of that receiver to all the other speakers?
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post #4 of 20
As long as you don't have a problem doing that to your wires, yes you are correct. Color goes to the color tabs and non to non.

By 6, I assume you mean the Sub has one too. With this receiver, the Sub is probably going to need its own power, and you're going to have to fit the newly striped wire into a RCA Male connector to plug in. Easiest way to do this is find an old RCA male-male wire, cut it in half, strip one end, merge the two, and put some electrical tape over it. Color is center, non is ground.
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post #5 of 20
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My sub has no power plug, only one like in the image above. Will connecting it up with the little RCA conversion you mentioned work still?
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My sub has no power plug, only one like in the image above. Will connecting it up with the little RCA conversion you mentioned work still?

You'll need a subwoofer too then, as your current reciever likely powers the sub directly like it does the other speakers. Any new receiver will send a signal only, no power.

Grab a Dayton SUB80 / 800 if you want a nice cheap bang for your buck subwoofer to hold you over. wink.gif

And yes, the other speakers, just chop the connection off, strip the wire, and connect positive and negative to the same spots on the receiver.
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post #7 of 20
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Ah... so I won't be able to find a receiver that will work with my current sub?

And unfortunately I can't seem to find that the Dayton SUB80 anywhere in New Zealand, we're a bit more limited in range frown.gif
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While it may work, it wont go up in volume with the dial, it'll be quiet, and really, it just wont do what a Sub is meant to do.

Thankfully, there are such things as standalone Subs. There are also receivers out there with powered sub-woofer channels I'm sure, but I have yet to see cheap ones (granted, I didn't look, my speakers don't need a sub)
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post #9 of 20
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Ah... so I won't be able to find a receiver that will work with my current sub?

And unfortunately I can't seem to find that the Dayton SUB80 anywhere in New Zealand, we're a bit more limited in range frown.gif

Ahh New Zealand.... There is a Dayton retailer down there, I just was never told who it is. If you can find them, they're one of the best bang for your buck subwoofers out there.

If not, just pick up something else then I suppose. Just make sure its a powered subwoofer. Anything should sound better than the Sony sub you have now, that's not even powered.

You could also live without the sub for a while too (it won't hurt anything, you'll just lack bass).
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post #10 of 20
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Okay I'll have a bit of a hunt around for a sub then.

Which of these receivers would you say is better? They are the same price here and about as much as I am willing to spend.
Onkyo TX-SR309
Denon AVR-1311

Although, I'm not too sure how to connect my speakers to the Denon as they look like a different connector again?
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