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Can't connect subwoofer to onkyo av receiver

I have a onkyo av receiver with speaker wire inputs for the subwoofer(no rca input).I have a mono cable subwoofer.Anyway I can connect the two so it will work?

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You would need a y jack to connect those to the receiver

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