Sub hook-up: Speaker level or line in?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Matthew_Hommes, Feb 16, 2002.

  1. Matthew_Hommes

    Matthew_Hommes Auditioning

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Which is better? I'm using JBL bookshelf speakers as fronts and running a Denon AVR-1802 receiver. Also, if I hook it up using speaker level inputs, is that a true "5.1" set up?

    Hope this makes sense. Thanks for any help!
  2. Vin

    Vin Supporting Actor

    Oct 23, 2000
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    Matthew, welcome to HTF!

    Using the sub pre-out (line level connection) from your receiver and setting all speakers to small will utilize the crossover in the receiver. You would set the crossover on your sub to bypass if it has one or adjust it to it's highest setting....the idea here is to get the sub's crossover out of the way.

    If you had large mains that were capable of reproducing very low frequencies you might want to use speaker level inputs.....this would give you the flexibility of dialing in the crossover point with your sub.

    Either way will give you 5.1 channels of audio but more often than not the line level connection would be the preferred method.

    Hope this helps,


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