Subwoofer help

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  1. Greg Rodgers

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    I am trying to add a subwoofer to my system, which includes a Sony 835 digital reciever and a Bose AM-6 speaker system. I have a powered sub that has two RCA plug inputs on the back, labeled left and right. The back of my reciever has two plugs for the subwoofer out, but they're not labeled L and R. I believe these are for two separate subs. So I tried hooking up just a single RCA plug from one of the sub-outs on the reciever to one of the RCA ins on the sub. However this is not working. I also told my reviever that I am using a sub now, so what else could it be?
     
  2. Dean DeMass

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    Greg,
    If the inputs on your receiver are indeed for two different subs, you need to buy a "y" adapter. Plug the two male ends of the "y" adapter into your subs Left and Right inputs and then connect the single subwoofer cable to the female end of the "y" adapter. Finally, plug your sub cable into one of your sub inputs on the back of your receiver.
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  3. Greg Rodgers

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    Thanks for the help. One more question: Do I need a special sub cable, 0r can I use just an RCA plug?
     
  4. Dean DeMass

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    Personally, I would go with a sub cable. I used a regular RCA cable and then I bought a mediocre Monster sub cable and it came with the "y" adapter.
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  5. Greg Rodgers

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    I took your advice and bought a monster sub cable and it did in fact come with a "y" adapter. I'm sure that it's hooked up correctly but it still is not working. The front of the display on my reciever says that it does recognize that a sub is there, but when there is a loud signal going through the LFE channel, nothing comes out of the subwoofer. However, bass is still coming out of the bass module that is part of the Bose speaker system. Do I have to change some other setting?
     
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    Try setting all your speakers to small in the menu. This should push the bass to your sub. Also, you have a subwoofer volume level adjustment on that receiver, play with it too. As for the subwoofer out jacks on the receiver, they are for two subs, using a y-adapter on your sub is dependent on the instructions from the sub manufacturer. Do you have a test DVD such as AVIA or Video Essentials? Also a radio shack sound level meter could help on setting this up.
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