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Plain speaker wire on subwoofer?

12-12-2007, 11:42 AM
We have installed a Sony home theater in our spare room, but having a problem with the subwoofer. It is only wired with speaker wire coming out of the subwoofer and we need an RCA connector. Is there any way to put an RCA connector on speaker wire? Probably a dumb question, but still need an assistance I can get. Thanks!

12-12-2007, 12:13 PM
Does the sub have a built-in amplifier? If it does not, that would explain why it has only a speaker wire connection.

While it is possible to wire an RCA connector on there, you need to make sure it is the right subwoofer to go with your Sony system.

12-12-2007, 12:27 PM
Thanks for your reply. No it does not have a built-in amplifier. It came with a newer inexpensive Sony Home Theater package where the subwoofer just used the speaker wire to connect to the receiver. I upgraded the receiver that came in the package with the Sony STR-DG510. (Not much of an upgrade but it does have HDMI). We also have an older Sony home theater package in the family room. I took the subwoofer with the built-in amplifier and connected it to the new receiver. So to make a long story semi-short, we now have another Sony Home Theater receiver in the family room with no subwoofer so I was wondering if I could use the subwoofer without the RCA connectors and use it in the family room. Hope this makes sense. I probably just need to purchase another subwoofer. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!

12-12-2007, 01:22 PM
if you are trying to use the "subwoofer out" port that uses an RCA connector on the back of your receiver, that is a low level non-amplified output....also called a pre-amp output because the signal is meant to be sent to a subwoofer with it's own amplifer.

12-12-2007, 01:25 PM

12-12-2007, 09:12 PM
Thanks so much for your help. I'll be shopping for a new subwoofer.