unpowered subwoofer.

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  1. trevortom

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    Im soon to be buying this subwoofer ( http://www.guitarcenter.com/Nady-PFW12-12--2-Way-Wedge-Monitor-Speaker-609003-i1153311.gc )
    and i do not want to purchase an amp if i do not have too.
    will this receiver ( http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Yamaha+-+500W+5.1-Ch.+A/V+Home+Theater+Receiver/2052194.p?id=1218307633099&skuId=2052194&st=2052194%202127161%201800045%204566122%202053041%202127198%202244402%201799057%204789427%202761061%204789445%202838691%203645034%204964518%202838619%204964527%203645043&cp=1&lp=4 ) be able to power the subwoofer?
     
  2. Marko Berg

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    That's a passive (unpowered) monitor speaker, not a subwoofer. It's not designed to output low frequency sound such as is found on DVD and Blu-Ray soundtracks.
    I don't know what kind of inputs the speaker has, but it will not work correctly as a subwoofer with the Yamaha receiver, if at all.
     
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    could you link me to something cheap that will be able to power it? And that speaker has a 12" woofer, stated in the specifications.
     
  4. Marko Berg

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    It may have a 12" woofer but it's still a two-way speaker, NOT a subwoofer. It's not intended for home theater use, and it's extremely unlikely you could make it work in a home theater setup at all. You need to look into powered subwoofers that will work with the Yamaha receiver you linked to.
     
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    My friend uses two of the exact same speakers, JUST in his room. He has some old radio receiver thing, and it works.
     
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    I'm sure those things can be made to output sound from an older receiver (although I'd check the impedance requirements of the receiver before plugging them in).
    However, a home theater receiver playing back a digital 5.1 soundtrack from a DVD or Blu-Ray source is entirely different. An unpowered two-way speaker is NOT the same as a powered subwoofer. It cannot be used to correctly play back the LFE channel information (the .1) in a home theater receiver setup, with or without external amplification.
    Anyway, I'll let someone else take over the arguing, I'm done here.
     
  7. trevortom

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    I was not arguing. just simply trying to get info. Sorry if it seemed like i was.
    Last question:
    will that receiver work with this? http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
     
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    No problem, it just seemed to me that your mind was set on an unsuitable product no matter what.
    Yes that subwoofer would work, however I know nothing about the quality of that brand or specific product. But a powered subwoofer is exactly what you need for that receiver.
     
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    do you have any recommended powered subwoofers? at a reasonable price to please.
     
  10. Mike Frezon

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    Welcome to the HTF.

    It would be a lot easier to get recommendations on powered subwoofers if you gave us a budget. Subwoofers can range wildly in price and it would make it a lot easier for us if we knew how much you were willing to spend.
     

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