As you can imagine, I've had these speakers for over 30 years. The woofer is now making a humm and the only thing I can do is unplug it (the satellites are working fine). I don't know where to go to get it repaired, or if I can do it myself...I'm not a wirehead.
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Probably not. The red light indicate idle mode. The woofer might have an auto-sense switch. When activated the subwoofer turns on when an audio signal is sensed at the subwoofer input. Such switches often have three positions: Idle (Somewhat off, but not quite) Auto (Turns on the woofer when audio signal is detected) Allways on. (The woofer is allways on - you might hear humm in the woofer when no audio signal is present)
This can be due to either the integrated power supply system or the amplifier itself. As a tecnician I can imagine the possible faulty components and I guess that the cost isn't too big. But since I don't know your area I suggest to ask from a technician at your area to check the subwoofer.
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Yes - you have the sub-woofer. It is a powered sub-woofer with a built in amplifier for both itself and a pair of small satellite speakers. Frankly, given the low cost of the whole system it may not be worth selling on ebay due to the high shipping costs of such an item, but I imagine you could get $30 for it or so on local craigslist or something, assuming you have no use for a sub-woofer...
The humming could be a couple things.. First try a different outlet in a different room..Make sure the RCA is firmly in place if using LFE and none of the speaker wires strands are touching if using Hi-Lvl input. Also if using Hi-Lvl you might be getting feed back from the Amp.
You need to buy an active (self-amplified) subwoofer. Attach it to the Subwoofer Preout connector.
Go into Speaker Setup (SP SYS/SETUP Button near upper right side of Op Panel) and follow the prompts.
The parameter we're most interested in is the question "Subwoofer Yes" or "No".
Some guidance when selecting speaker parameters for the rest of the channels:
SMALL vs LARGE: This has nothing to do with size so much as it deals with the BASS handling capacity of the speakers. If you say SMALL, most low frequencies from those channels will be re-routed from them to the Subwoofer. If you say LARGE the channels will still get the low frequencies they deserve.
I imagine you would be able to answer LARGE for all of your speakers.
Even if you have all LARGE speakers defined the Sub will still have work to do as it will be dealt the LFE (Low Frequency Effects) from encoded movies and all or most of the content below certain frequencies.
im not sure about reconing,most expiriences ive had turned out not to good however partsexpressusa has replacement speakers and i think they also have recone kits as well. if i may make a suggestion dayton audio makes a really good sub if your in the market for a replacement.-z
In general, there are two ways to hook up your sub-woofer. First using the high level outputs from your receiver ( speaker output from the front R & L speaker terminals ) run a set of wires from the outputs to the speaker inputs on the sub-woofer, you do this in concert with the speaker wires going to the front R & L speakers which you then attach to the R & L speaker outputs on the sub woofer amp. Note that the sub woofer doesn't power your front speakers, the connections from the sub amp are just a pass through connection where the signal needed by the sub is parasitically taken from the inputs. Second is via a low level output from your receiver / amp to the low level input on your sub amp. This is normally done via a RCA type of patch cable and connected to the sub woofer RCA jack on the rear of the source receiver or amp, Next run the patch cord to the sub amp an into the RCA jack input. IF you have a right and left input, use the Right input.