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Powered Vs. Passive Subwoofers

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Spottedfeather, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. Spottedfeather

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    My six year old receiver just crapped out on me. No sound. First, after turning it on, it would take a minute or two then it would have sound. Got tired of this, so I left it on. Then, the sound stopped. Sound came back a few hours later. Now, there's no sound at all.

    If I'm unable to repair it, I'm going to have to get a new receiver. The problem is that while I can use my existing speakers, my subwoofer is passive, with only wires for a connection. Most, if not all, the receivers I've been looking at have rca inputs for a powered subwoofer. Is it at all possible to use a banana adapter to use my passive subwoofer on a new receiver ? I really don't have the money for a receiver AND a new subwoofer....especially since the subwoofer, when sound is going to it, works fine.
     
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    You will need an amp to power your passive sub. In your old receiver the amp was built in. Most stand alone receivers (I'm assuming you have a home theater in a box - HTiB) do not have the extra amp. There's no way to power it without the amp. You will either need a new sub or an amp to power the old one.

    On that note, if your speakers are part of a HTiB, then you should find the specs before you use them with a new receiver. Many times they are 4 or even 3 ohm and can damage the new receiver. If you are not sure list the make and model here and we may be able to find the specs online.
     
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    Then you are in luck with the speakers. I'd say get the Pioneer and save up for a sub.
     

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