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My klh subwoofer has R&L connections to speaker and R&L connections to amplifier, but my new amp has a RCA cable connection plug-in. Any way I can use the old subwoofer with the new system?

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Yes, you use a subwoofer cable and hook it into the mono rca jack in the back of the sub. or you can use a Y splitter 1 female to 2 males. or if your amp has 2 sub outputs (L&R) then use both. I do believe it's said that if you use the high level input, it's better. I forgot why...

Oh yeah. the difference between the 2 is a high level input allows the currant from the amp to pass through the sub, thus allowing the continuation of wattage to your other speakers.
Low level input is only taking a audio signal from the amp. No power is being sen through the connection.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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