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No sound coming from subwoofer

I have the sony str-dg510 receiver and tried to hook up a passive subwoofer from my old sony dream system. The connection on the receiver is an rca, and the one on the subwoofer is the two lead terminal. The subwoofer works on my old sony dream system but doesn't make a sound when hooked up to the receiver. Not sure if I need to get another subwoofer. Hoping i won't need to get one. Thank you in advance

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  • wownoexpert Dec 04, 2007

    I am trying to use a 3ohm subwoofer from an RCA home theater that I did have. I did find and RCA male to two-wire terminal end cable from Radio Shack so I now have the the proper cable (RCA connector at receiver and two-wire strand end at speaker) to the subwoofer. I have started completely over with setup of the STR-DG510 receiver but I do not get any sound from subwoofer. No sound comes thru when "auto calibrating" nor when running the "test tone" procedure. I have connected this subwoofer to another speaker cable pair and it does work. Any solutions?

  • gooootham Dec 06, 2007

    Have the extraly the same problem with 8ohms subwoofer

  • gp41366 Dec 25, 2007

    I have the same issue. I'm using a bose subwoofer I bought last year. It has 2-wire lead hookup. I bought the 2-wire>RCA converter.

    I've tried 2 different sub woofers also.

    I don't understand the solution provided by accordianman. I hooked it up directly to the sub woofer output on the receiver.

    More info and the steps to correct it please.

  • plantjs1965 Jan 05, 2008

    sony str-dg510 reciever has rca connection and would like to connect it to old sony subwoofer which has two wires? how do I go about this?

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2008

    I have the same problem... do I need to pass the sub channel from the receiver through an amp?

  • sb6103 Jan 08, 2008

    my 75ohm antennat wire has two wires and my Sony has only one coaxial type connector (center wire)-the outer round cylinder shape is plastic non-conductive. How can I get 'em together.

  • ediboy Feb 08, 2008

    I cant get sound out of the subwoofer on my STR-DG510. It has an RCA output and my pasive subwoofer has plain 2 wires. I tried stipping an RCA cable and conecting it to the speaker but I cant get any sound.

  • jotarz Mar 16, 2008

    I couldn't hear any sound or detection during the test tone calibration, is this normal? cause if watch movies I can hear the sub workign except during performing the test tone.

  • wpaddayuman Jul 12, 2008

    i have a sony str-de945 receiver and bose lifestyle can i hook up the bose subwoofer to the receiver.....ty

  • drako78 Feb 14, 2009

    Does anybody know what kind of speakers do I need for my Sony STR-DG510? My subwoofer from my old sony homeTheater do not work, no sound , nothing. Why will I need an Active subwoofer with this sofisticated multichanel STR-DG510? all this technology and power to make work 4 small speakers???

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    There is conflicting opinions. Passive or powered. Do you have to buy both and take one back?



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Sometimes these subwoofers are for builtin amplified if this is the case it will not work

Posted on Jan 20, 2008


Your receiver does not have a power amp to drive the speaker in the subwoofer while your other amp did. With this receiver you need to use a powered (active) subwoofer which has it's own power amp in it. You can either change out your subwoofer to a powered (active) subwoofer, or keep using your passive (unpowered) one and add a power amp between it and the receiver. The easiest way to tell a powered subwoofer is to see if has a place to plug it into the wall. If it does, it will most likely work in this situation.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008


I had the same problem. I had an old Powered SubWoofer tried it and not I have sound.

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The output on your new reciever is not a speaker output...accordianman

Posted on Oct 25, 2007

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