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Connecting a sub-woofer to Pioneer VSX-453 surround reciever

I have a Pioneer VSX-453 surround reciever and want to connect a sub-woofer for my surround system. There is no Sub-woofer outlet. How can I connect this?

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Re: Connecting a sub-woofer to Pioneer VSX-453 surround...

I got the same issue. But, I go ahead hooked it up two banana plugs on teh VCR outlet. It works fine on my Cerwin Vega Sub.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

Re: Connecting a sub-woofer to Pioneer VSX-453 surround...

Connect to same terminals as front speakers, this will also cause reduced volume from front speakers. (as per owners manual)

Posted on Nov 19, 2007

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