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I have a non pwered subwoofer. How do I connect it to my receiver that has an RCA only input

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If you have a in and out on the sub woofer feed one of your speakers in and out of it. I can't believe your rca rec. only has one input and no outs.... if it has built in speakers your out of luck.. unless you want to hardwire it to the sys. by going inside the unit. leave that up to a pro. please

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