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Subwoofer doesn't turn on

I get no output from sub (kenwood sw-303) light stays red (turns green when receiver switches on) I have replaced monster cable but no result. at receiver sub is turned on and vol is turned up. Am I missing something in the setup, is it the sub or receiver not switching? I'm stumped!

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Re: subwoofer doesn't turn on

On mine...sub rumbles the whole house when i do the speaker test...but no other sound comes from it. same problem. see if it shows up in speaker test.

Posted on May 02, 2008

Re: subwoofer doesn't turn on

I felt supid this morning.
I bought a high end cable for my subwoofer.... and it did not work but a regular RCA Cable did. When I went to put the cable back in the package I saw an arrow pointing one way, I turn the cable and it works great.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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