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DavidAM

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I have a DIY Tempest sub with the PE Plate amp and a HK 520 reciever. I just went to Best Buy to buy a sub cable and they had 2 cables, a Monster which clearly showed 1 output from the reciever to Right and Left to go into the sub. They also had an Acoustic Research cable for $10 cheaper which didn't clearly show the connections, but I figured it would be the same. Well, turns out the AR cable is just 1 input and 1 output, so what I need to know is if it matters or not. I know sub's are mono, so I'm thinking i could just plug it into the sub in either the right or left channel and it should work right? Is there anything wrong with doing this or should I go get the Monster cable that plugged into both R and L inputs?
 

Neil Joseph

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That depends.

Most subs I know of will yield half the volume if a single RCA is used and connected to either the left or the right sub input. If a Y cable (or a single cable like you are speaking about used with a Y splitter) is connected to both inputs then you get double the volume.

Some subs though have internal circuitry such that it does not matter if you connect just a single input or if you connect to both inputs, you still get the same volume from the sub.

The second type of sub is less common.
 

Steve Sm.

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Monster's high end sub cables include a Y-adapter, while AR requires you to buy one seperately, but there's no difference in the cable itself.
 

Lee Carbray

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If you have the 250 watt plate amp check the manual that came with. It states to hook up a mono cable to the "red" connector. You should be fine.

If you lost the manual you can see it online here
 

Pete GTP

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Monster's high end sub cables include a Y-adapter, while AR requires you to buy one seperately, but there's no difference in the cable itself.
AR Pro and the AR Master series I do know come with the y-adaptor. I'm not sure on the performance series though.
 

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