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Sub woofer cuts on and off.

Theres a continous hum on the transformer even if woofer is not being used, and now it cuts on and off if i play with the audio out jacks it some times comes back on . I was wondering can the amp be replaced and if so where do i find contact info. thanks Israel

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  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    I have similar prob. Just loud hum when turned on, happened shortly after lightning hit and smoked receiver through surge protector. Trying to decide to fix or replace?

  • scotty67 Jan 25, 2009

    i have the same problem when the sub is on it makes a humming noise

  • nocoverage Jan 29, 2009

    My LW 12 just started this same problem with the hum. Anyone know the solution?

  • underwoodd Mar 18, 2009

    I have a cerwin vega avs-sub8. I don't have the hum that everybody else is talking about. Mine shuts on and off . If I turn it up it goes into protection I think. If I turn it down it shuts off and stays off. I took it in and supposedly got it fixed but the problem is still there

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I was rid on my hum just as soon as I took my plug out of my powerstrip and plugged directy into an outlet. Must be something to do with incomplete grounding. It has been working just fine every since I plugged it into the wall.

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I am an Electronics Tech and just finished repairing a LW12 for a customer. It also has the HUM. IF I place a finger on the RCA input and another finger on the heatsink..(black metal plate at the back) then the hum goes away. I did notice that Cerwin V maunfactured this older LW12 unit with a 2 prong cord. I personally own a newer CV 10" sub, 3-prong and has never had a problem with it and it has awesome Bass. So for my customer...I am thinking I will add a 3-prong cord. and see what happens.....

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Subwoofer probelm


I suspect you have a bad cable, a poor ground or a bad
power supply inside the speaker amplifier. The amplifier
(inside the sub-woofer) could also be defective.
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1) Bad cable or connector:
If the (braided shield/outer tube) of the coaxial input cable is
not grounded, the cable will pickup line frequency "hum"
from surrounding power lines, house wires, lights and
appliances.

This hum is then amplified by the speaker's amplifier
causing the constant bass sound you speak of.

Because the hum frequency fundamental is 60 Hertz in
North America, 50 Hertz in Europe, you hear it coming
mostly out of the sub-woofer, because the midrange and
high speaker circuits filter it out.

Check the input connectors, cable at both ends, wiggle
the jacks at a low volume setting to see if it changes.

Make sure that you are indeed using a properly shielded
coaxial cable.

A coaxial cable consists of a thin inner conductor, surrounded
by a flexible tube made up of a braided metal shield, which
must be grounded. This prevents hum from being picked up
by the sensitive amplifier inputs.
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2) If the power supply within the sub-woofer's internal amplifier
is defective, the the power supply hum will also get coupled
into the amplifier and speaker with same results as above.

Power supply hum is typically twice the line frequency,
i.e. 120 Hertz, but not always, depending on what
component failed: Rectifier diode, filter capacitor, or
the voltage regulator.

3) Ground loops:
When you run very long cables between the source and
destination of an audio signal, multiple ground paths (must)
exist between the two points in space, creating complete
loop circuits.

Power line hum from the environment can (will) induce
heavy AC currents around these loops, creating a voltage
gradient across these cables, and in-between the end
devices.

Once again, this AC hum is coupled into the amplifier inputs.

Ground loops become a problem with cables over 10
feet long, and an astronomical problem for stage audio
engineers. To avoid ground loops, they must break
the circuit's continuity by using isolation transformers,
optical isolators, and/or differential input amplifiers.

So how long are your cables?

Most house stereo components are only designed to
handle 6 to 10 feet of cabling max.

30 feet is already asking for major trouble.

4) Feed back oscillation: This occurs when the output of
an amplifier is fed back to the inputs with a round trip
gain greater or equal to unity. The tiniest little electrical
disturbance is then amplified and re-amplified, over and
over again, usually at one preferred frequency, causing
the typical (ear-splitting) microphone squeal or howl.

In your situation feedback and/ loss of original signal
could be the result of mis-wiring the input cables.

Note that this is NOT as silly nor as unlikely as it sounds,
because many computer audio cards and even some
home stereo systems have re-configurable inputs and
outputs.

SOFTWARE configuration decides which jack at the
back does what !!!!

On my computer, for example, the Realtek audio driver
tries to automatically figure out what cable is connected
to each jack (usually it gets it wrong)

Using the Realtek control panel applet, I can then
manually re-configure the gray jack as input,
the green jack as bass, pink jack as center.... etc.

If this situation also applies to your system, please check
the software configuration. Connecting an output cable to
an input jack will certainly cause a lot of HUM and not
much music.

5) Finally, don't rule out internal sub-woofer failure. Unlike
the passive stereo/hi-fi speakers of days gone by, modern
multi-channel theater systems with front, center, rear and
sub-woofer speakers are internally amplified, with active
frequency cross-over filters and special effect/ surround
sound capabilities.

Usually, the large sub-woofer contains most of the
electronics, amplifiers and filters.

It feeds the other speakers, and it is controlled by
an external volume control module which can be separate
or built into one of the tweeters.

These sub-woofer electronics are prone to poor design,
overheating and early failure. (Even fresh out of the box
like yours)

If you cannot get it working, take it back to the store,
and make the NICE salesmen **** with it.

Good luck
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