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Pioneer brand sub woofer?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Frank A, Jan 11, 2003.

  1. Frank A

    Frank A Stunt Coordinator

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    I asked these questions on another forum and received no responses. A local pawn shop has a Pioneer sub for sale for about $150 or so. It's quite large and heavy and has a center channel with it. It's 220 watts, model # htv-sw2, bottom firing. The center channel speaker is model #htv-c2. The model year on the back of the center channel is 1998. I checked Pioneer's web site but found nothing about it.

    Being new to HT, how does the center channel hook up to this sub and then hook up to my receiver (there is no manual and this can not be returned if bought)? There are cables and some type of remote that controls it. I could be wrong but it appears the two pieces connect together with the supplied cables? If so, that would limit where I could put the sub? Would the two need to be connected together? Or could I connect them separately to my receiver (a Yammie RXV 630)? As you can see, I'm completely clueless as to how this particular combo works.

    They both appear to be in good shape. Would this be a good sub especially for this price? It looks like it might be able to put out some big sound (whether I need that or not, I don't know, remember my 1st ever set up). My room size is 12 X 18 with a 10 foot opening into the kitchen area on the left side of the room. Should I take the chance/plunge and buy this sub? Any responses would be appreciated.
    Thx, Frank

    Sorry, too late, but I meant to post this in the speaker section.
     
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Frank,
    First, welcome to the Forum!
    I checked my Audio magazine Equipment Directory for 1998 or 1998. I could not find these model numbers as a stand-alone Pioneer speaker system. It was probably part of a larger system (perhaps a home-theater-in-a-box package).
     
  3. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Not familiar with those units, but in home theater applications the subwoofer does not connect in any way directly to a center-channel unit. Rather, both are connected to an amplifier. But if the subwoofer is a powered unit containing its own power amplifier, it would be connected to the receiver via a line-level input for best results.

    It really sounds as if you purchased the remaining remnants of a once-complete system that had a receiver as well as speakers for left and right front and the surrounds. Somebody else beat you to the pawn shop most likely, and decided he or she wanted the satellite speakers. You got what was left.
     
  4. Jose G

    Jose G Supporting Actor

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    Just my .02¢ Don't bother with this. Get yourself an inexpensive, entry level, but highly recommended sub- the Sony wm-40 or DLS 10 (do a search here for info on that) and a center that is timbre matched to your front main speakers.
     
  5. Frank A

    Frank A Stunt Coordinator

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    Thx for the replies guys. I did go back to the store and look closer at the two units. The two units do go together. The sub has no controls on it at all, just two spots for the two cables which hooks to the center channel. All of the controls/connections are on the center channel with a supplied remote control with an LED readout section on the center channel. (This makes me think that it might be similar to a two or three speaker Bose system)

    As suggested, I did call Pioneer and speak with a tech. He could not tell me much, other than the fact that the two units do go together as a single unit and that they are no longer made. Too bad. The sub looks like it could be pretty decent for the price. But I took Jose's suggestion and decided not to buy it. Just wasn't sure/comfortable with the unit.

    FYI, I did buy a cheaper and smaller off brand KLH sub that they had for sale there. It doesn't look like it will put out near the bass of the Pioneer, but I think it will do just fine for my purposes. Again, thanks for the replies. I really appreciate your time and your answers.

    Frank
     
  6. Brett F

    Brett F Auditioning

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    It is a vitual surround system (one speaker and sub).
     
  7. Frank A

    Frank A Stunt Coordinator

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    Brett, just curious, could that still be hooked up to a receiver and be used in a 5.1 system with the center channel as the center speaker? Do you think it would sound OK, if it could be? Just curious as I am not going to buy it now.
    Thx, Frank
     

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