Could my pioneer power a svs + sub?

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  1. Sheldon C

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    Unfortunately when I upgraded my receiver to a rxv3000, I gave my rxv595 to my father in law. This was back in October right before I stumbled upon svs.

    Now, the only spare receiver I have is a Pioneer vsx-604s which I bought back in 95. I am wondering if this will be enough to power a svs or even a svs +. Here is what the pioneer manual says as far as power goes: " front........... 110 W + 110 W (1kHz, .8% THD, 8 ohms)"

    The thing is, back when I used this receiver I couldn't use speaker wire that was larger than 18 guage. When I did, the display on the receiver would say "overload" and shut itself off, even at moderate volumes. I could crank to my hearts content with 18 guage, but not 16. I'm worried that this means that this receiver will in no way be able to power an svs even though they are so sensitive.

    I am hoping for good news, because I already have 400 dollars saved up so I am getting ever closer to bass nirvana.
     
  2. Tom Vodhanel

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    That's strange on the wire gauge issue...I wonder if the heavier gauge could have had a loose strand shorting out?
    If the Pioneer wouldn't be comfortable with a 4ohm load...then it would be best to look elsewhere I think. I would highly recommend the HSU VTF-2. With careful web shopping you can find it in the $400-450 range.
    The best SVS option would be a 25-31cs/$45 100w subwoofer plate amp from MCM(www.mcmelectronics.com)...that would be in the $415 range and give you an easy upgrade path down the road if you find a good deal on a used amp?
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  3. Steve Stogel

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    I was just looking at that $50 plate amp that Tom recommended. I have a question, though. It's got line level inputs (left and right). It has speaker outs (I assume that's the same as Hi Level Out?), both left and right. So you send the dedicated sub out line level into, what, the left or right line level input? I assume the SVS (which I have yet to pick up from Houston) has but one pair of speaker level inputs. So do you hook up just one pair (left or right, depending on the side you sent the line level to) or do you hook them both up to the one pair of speaker level inputs? Just curious, as this is probably going to be my route until the PC+ come out come spring (although it will probably be summer before I can get one [​IMG]). Thanks.
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  4. Steve Stogel

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    Well, I did a search on this site and looked at the FAQs at the SVS site. Looks like you just send one side to the SVS. Does that mean you only get the benefit of half the power (i.e., only 50W instead of the full 100W on the $50 plate amp from mcmelectronics)? Or since it's not stereo, can you get the full power when only hooking up just the left or just the right speaker level outs? That answer I couldn't find [​IMG].
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  5. RichardH

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    With a plate amp, you have to think of it on the back of a powered sub. The wires that will go to the sub's driver are not seen where all the connections are. Plate amps are only meant to power one driver. Don't worry, you won't be 'wasting' any of the amp's capability.
     
  6. Tom Vodhanel

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    *plate* amps are mono amps. That means they are designed to provide full rated power into a single driver.

    You'd patch the receiver's subwoofer preout into either the left or right linelevel input on the amp.

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