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Active vs. passive subwoofers?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jake T, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. Jake T

    Jake T Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm still sort of new to HT and was wondering what the difference was between active and passive subwoofer.
    Are there different types of connections? Are you speakers connected to an active sub?
    Ant info would help.
    Thanks.
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  2. Jeremy Hegna

    Jeremy Hegna Supporting Actor

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    A real simple way to define them
    Active has an on-board amplifier (plate amp).
    Passive needs to be amplified with out board amplification.
    (You provide the amplifier)
    Active subs have crossovers on them so you can route your mains through the amp and cross them over at a different frequency then what your receiver or pre/pro provides. It's not necessary though.
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    I'll take a crack at this one.
    Passive Sub: needs AMP
    Active Sub : Built in AMP
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  4. Jake T

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    Jeremy,
     
  5. Jeremy Hegna

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    "Does this mean you route your mains through the amp of the subwoofer or your seperate amp/receiver?"
    My explanation is not used very often, however, if your receiver does not have flexible bass management it is an option.
    You would run the speaker wire from the main (out) on the receiver to the input on the sub....then from the output of the sub to the inputs on your mains. This will allow you to adjust the crossover on the sub to blend your mains.
    Hope this answers your question. If you have the chance to look around at some B&Ms this weekend, check out the amp on the subs...you'll see what I mean
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  6. Jake T

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    Thanks Jeremy [​IMG]
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  7. Jeremy Hegna

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    No problem [​IMG]
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