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Subwoofer Cable Hookup Question!

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by JustinGrimball, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. JustinGrimball

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    I have two apline subs i took out of my old car.

    Is there anyway to hook them up to my surround sub channel?

    My amp has a RCA sub input not speaker wire.
     
  2. TanT

    TanT Well-Known Member

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    There is something calls line output converter that will take the speaker outputs and convert them to line (RCA). You should be able to find this converter at any mobile sound dealer.
     
  3. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt Well-Known Member

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    Justin,

    You didn’t give us much to go on here. Are the Alpines raw drivers, or in a box? I’ve never heard of a “surround sub channel” or an amp with a “sub input.” Where does this amp fit into the scheme of things?

    Regards,

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  4. TanT

    TanT Well-Known Member

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    I think Justin is trying to add the 2 spare subs to his surround speakers. He's powering them with the spare car amp that he pulled along with the subs.
    If that's the case then I have a question for you Justin: how are you planning to power that amp of your? You are going to need a very powerful power supply to feed that amp of your [​IMG]
     
  5. JustinGrimball

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    I have two car subs in a box. My surroundsound reciver has a rca input for the sub, not speaker wire. The subs have speaker wire.

    I want to hook the subs up to my reciver's sub output.

    I was hoping that the reciver will power them just enoguh to get a good bass. If I can figure out how to covert a speaker wire into a rca wire it will work.

    I am going to try the line output converter.

    Justin
     
  6. Ed O'Neill

    Ed O'Neill Well-Known Member

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    Justin wrote,
     
  7. JustinGrimball

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    I tried the line output converter and it didnt work, which would be true since it isnt a powered sub, yet. I will try the radio shack power converter.
    The line doubler cost me $21 no refund[​IMG]
     
  8. JustinGrimball

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    Radio Shack said they dont carry that??

    Anymore ideas?
     
  9. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt Well-Known Member

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    You will need an amplifier of some sort to power the subs. Go to a pawn shop and get an old stereo receiver or integrated amp.

    Make sure you get a return policy, though. Most car subs sound like crap in home theater applications, so there’s a big chance you won’t be happy with what you hear.

    Regards,

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
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    Dave Milne Well-Known Member

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    Cheap amp/receiver is not the ideal way to go. The subs are almost certainly 4 Ohm, which is common in car audio, and most "cheap" receivers will be rated for 8 Ohm operation. Depending on the subs, they may overload an inexpensive receiver.
     
  12. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt Well-Known Member

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    That’s why I suggested an old stereo receiver or integrated amp. They can usually deal with 4-ohm loads.

    Regards,

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  13. rayt85296

    rayt85296 New Member

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    I have a NAD T757 and a Polk Audio DSW Pro660 wi. I also have Audioquest Evergreen sub cables and Y adapter with 2 females and 1 male as well as Y adapter with 2 males and one female. Should I use both sub cables and then the Y with two females at the receiver?...or one sub cable with the Y adapter at the sub? I'm confused. Seems like there should be 2 Subw outs at receiver.
     

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