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Im fairly experienced with audio, just not with receivers. The receiver i have now Is a Panasonic SA HT95 Surround sound theater system and i just received some Bose 201 Series III (got them for free) and I wanna upgrade my system and i wanna start with the receiver first. The problem is that the sub uses a +,- cable to the receiver and all these new ones the sub port uses an RCA jack. How or what sub can i use for a new receiver? Is it possible to put a RCA plug on the sub i have now?

Buget:

Sub $100

Reciver $150

Not much but all i can fork out.



Thanks Ziox
Edited by Ziox - 1/14/11 at 8:38pm
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http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

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Thanks for the links but it really doesn't answer my question about the sub which is my main concern.
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You have a passive (un-powered) subwoofer which is very rare, typically they only exist in mini-ht-in-abox systems. The only thing you can really do is find a receiver that can bi-amp speakers (mirror left/right channel outputs to the rears) and then connect the rear speaker binding posts to your subwoofer.

You can connect rear left or rear right with the receiver in bi-amp mode. This is as close as you can get to your receiver powering the sub.
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Or you can purchase an external amp to run the sub. For instance I have 2 marantz ma500 monoblock amps bridged and run to a 12" sub in a custom box.
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You have a passive (un-powered) subwoofer which is very rare, typically they only exist in mini-ht-in-abox systems. The only thing you can really do is find a receiver that can bi-amp speakers (mirror left/right channel outputs to the rears) and then connect the rear speaker binding posts to your subwoofer.

You can connect rear left or rear right with the receiver in bi-amp mode. This is as close as you can get to your receiver powering the sub.
Thank you that answers my question perfectly.
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Or you can purchase an external amp to run the sub. For instance I have 2 marantz ma500 monoblock amps bridged and run to a 12" sub in a custom box.
Could you by chance send me a link on an external amp? I know my way around with headphone and portable stuff but once it comes to speakers and amps im in the fog.
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Thanks for the links but it really doesn't answer my question about the sub which is my main concern.
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Thank you that answers my question perfectly.

Could you by chance send me a link on an external amp? I know my way around with headphone and portable stuff but once it comes to speakers and amps im in the fog.
How much are you willing to spend on an external amp, specifically a subwoofer amp?

You can go with plate amps(intended to be implemented in the sub enclosure) and just leave it outside. They usually cost from $50 to $300

or you can go with subwoofer rack amps(however these costs a lot because they're usually high-powered, like 200W+).

It's not worth buying a full-range amp and building a passive crossover for the cutoffs because those will require some expensive inductors.
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How much are you willing to spend on an external amp, specifically a subwoofer amp?

You can go with plate amps(intended to be implemented in the sub enclosure) and just leave it outside. They usually cost from $50 to $300

or you can go with subwoofer rack amps(however these costs a lot because they're usually high-powered, like 200W+).

It's not worth buying a full-range amp and building a passive crossover for the cutoffs because those will require some expensive inductors.
Ill probably be spending around $50-$100 nothing fancy because Ill probably be only spending that much on a sub.
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Ill probably be spending around $50-$100 nothing fancy because Ill probably be only spending that much on a sub.
http://home.comcast.net/~jhidley/ One of the best value in plate amps. Scroll down or Ctrl+F "Foster WF-100K subwoofer plate amplifier"

Or this if you want more power http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-804
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I talked to a friend whos really into speakers and woofers and iv got everything figured out now. Thanks for all the links, everything has help.


Thanks Ziox
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