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So I never used a sub with my current system, my Polk bookshelves output enough bass for me. Well a buddy at work gave me a free sub from JBL. Nothing fancy. Problem is my receiver uses an RCA output. Sub uses the red/black speaker wire connections.

I suppose you can't hook it up any other way?

The back of my love.
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post #2 of 10
it sounds like a passive subwoofer. yes you can but no you don't. you will have to buy an amplifier for the subwoofer and connect it to the subwoofer pre-out on the back of the receiver.
    
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Any amplifiers super cheap you'd recommend? Any special kind?
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maybe shop around eBay or Parts-Express? it probably won't be cheap.
    
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honestly I wouldn't bother. he probably gave it to you for a reason.. lol
    
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...not even worth it lol
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Don't mean to hijack, but what is that LOVELY looking receiver?
    
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Originally Posted by legoman786 View Post

Don't mean to hijack, but what is that LOVELY looking receiver?

That lovely looking receiver is my baby Yamaha RX-467. The one in the link is the updated version. I love the fact that it has surround sound decoding so...play a game that's developed in 2 channel, it'll decode it into surround sound. It worked AMAZING in Deus Ex Human Revolution <3

Sounds great, works great, looks great, and comes at a pretty cheap price biggrin.gif
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So I never used a sub with my current system, my Polk bookshelves output enough bass for me. Well a buddy at work gave me a free sub from JBL. Nothing fancy. Problem is my receiver uses an RCA output. Sub uses the red/black speaker wire connections.

I suppose you can't hook it up any other way?

The back of my love.

You will have to run speaker cables from the front two chanels of your AVR to the inputs on the sub and another set from the sub outputs on the sub to your speakers. The passive crossover inside the sub will be doing your crossover duties. Your receiver will be powering eveything. If you you try it make sure to set your front speakers to full range or large, big or what ever your receiver has in the the settings.
    
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