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December 14, 2010

How to Connect Subwoofer to Receiver? Subwoofer Connection Questions

Filed under: AV question — Tags: , , — Alan @ 2:51 pm

Q. How do I connect the subwoofer to my A/V receiver? I have one cable. Do I plug it into the subwoofer’s left or right input, or both?

A. Use either the left or right line-level RCA jack on the subwoofer. You don’t need to connect it to both, because the inputs are “summed” to mono inside the sub. Connect the remaining RCA male plug at the other end of the shielded coaxial cable to the single “Subwoofer Output” jack on your receiver. It might also be labeled “LFE Out” (Low Frequency Effects) or “Sub Out.”  That’s it!  Subwoofer connection made easy!

Once you’ve made your subwoofer connection, check out these handy placement tips.

Alan Lofft was, for 13 years, Editor in Chief of Sound & Vision, Canada’s largest and most respected audio/video magazine. He edited Sound & Vision (Canada) until 1996, when he moved from Toronto to New York to become Senior Editor at Audio magazine.
Lofft has been writing about hi-fi and video professionally for over 20 years, ever since his first syndicated newspaper column, “Sound Advice”, began appearing weekly in The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation daily newspaper. In the late 1970s, he became a contributing editor, columnist, and equipment reviewer at AudioScene Canada, the leading national consumer electronics magazine at the time. Find out more about Alan in his bio.

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