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My control pod is not working

I have a Monsoon MH-502 computer speaker that I purchased about 8 years ago (in 2000) and my control pod went bad (internal circuit connection) 'cause when I play around with cable I could get sound. Now I need a place when I can purchase that specific piece if possible. Also I heard about the monsoon computer speaker controller but I don't know how it will connect with my 2 speakers and subwoofer. Any user guide link will do?

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    control pod is shorted out........

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    I'm missing the ac adapter for a Monsoon MH-502 speakers system. What are the specs for it?

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