My name's Boosh, I'm a 12 year old, with a home theater problem.
This is a subwoofer that I am thinking of buying, but I don't know how to hook it up to my receiver. My receiver has only a subwoofer input for speaker wire, but I don't see a speaker wire output on the back of this thing. The guy who I'm buying it from doesn't know how many watts it is. My current subwoofer is 210 watts, it came with the home theater I bought.
If the new subwoofer is like, 500 watts, and it has an amp, then does that mean that it will still work? And I want to know if a subwoofer without an amp that's over 210 watts will work with my receiver. [incase I don't buy the one on the top of the message] Please email me the answer to my problem at [email protected] , because I'm not a regular on this web site.
In general, there are two ways to hook up your sub-woofer. First using the high level outputs from your receiver ( speaker output from the front R & L speaker terminals ) run a set of wires from the outputs to the speaker inputs on the sub-woofer, you do this in concert with the speaker wires going to the front R & L speakers which you then attach to the R & L speaker outputs on the sub woofer amp. Note that the sub woofer doesn't power your front speakers, the connections from the sub amp are just a pass through connection where the signal needed by the sub is parasitically taken from the inputs. Second is via a low level output from your receiver / amp to the low level input on your sub amp. This is normally done via a RCA type of patch cable and connected to the sub woofer RCA jack on the rear of the source receiver or amp, Next run the patch cord to the sub amp an into the RCA jack input. IF you have a right and left input, use the Right input.
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Adding a subwoofer to your system will enhance the bass response. Sony lists the SA-WZ80 as an optional add on subwoofer for your system, I could not locate it on the web. I added another one of Sony's subwoofers that may work with your system. I suggest you go to an electronics store with the Sony MHC-WZ80D System manual and ask about subwoofers for your system. It does not necessarily have to be a Sony product. Best Buy may be able to help you.
Subwoofers produce the deep bass sounds that give home theater the realism of being at the movies. A good subwoofer can rattle the walls during action sequences, while adding depth to recorded music and a heightened sense of feeling in the midst of a televised sporting event. Because most home theater receivers are equipped with a single subwoofer jack, connecting a second subwoofer requires a simple audio adapter available at electronics stores. Self-powered subwoofers have their own built-in amplifiers to drive the bass speakers, so they cannot drain power on the main receiver in a system and thus pose no danger to the equipment, even when an extra subwoofer is connected.
Things You'll Need:
Home theater receiver Y-adapter with RCA jacks on two ends and an RCA plug on the other, available at electronics stores. 2 RCA subwoofer cables 2 subwoofers
Plug the Y-adapter into the home theater receiver's "Subwoofer OUT" jack.
Connect an RCA subwoofer cable to each jack on the Y adapter and route the cables to the subwoofers in the room. Because subwoofers deliver an omnidirectional sound, the boxes can be placed anywhere they won't get in the way, but within reach of an electrical outlet..
Plug an RCA cable into the "Sub IN" jack on the back of each subwoofer.
Connect the subwoofers to wall outlets and turn on each unit by pressing the power button, typically located on the back panel.
Adjust the volume and crossover settings on each subwoofer as desired. The crossover adjustment knob tells the subwppfer which low-end frequencies to reproduce from the audio signal, such as a movie on DVD. All frequencies higher than the crossover setting will be transferred to the other speakers connected to the receiver.
Tips & Warnings
Use subwoofers that are closely matched in power, as rated in watts, when using two subwoofers in a home theater setup.
Disconnect the subwoofers from the power supply while making the audio connections.
I'm not sure what you mean by "connecting the Subwoofer connection to my Panasonic Home Theater System"
If you want to watch something on the Philips and send the audio to your Panasonic Home Theater you can buy a VGA to AV Adapter Cable. Just connect it to the back of the Philips HTS3450, get an AV cable (red,white,yellow) and run it to the Panasonic.
I have a very similar problem with the same exact Panasonic sub. I went to Best Buy and Radio Shack looking for an adapter, and they basically told me that one does not exisit. Apparently, Panasonic designed the home theater system specifcally so that it could not work if any part of the entire system was ever seperated.
Back in the old days, subwoofers were powered by the voltage from your receiver, through speaker wire.
Nowadays, subwoofers have their own power, hence not having speaker wire connections anymore.
It's unlikely that you'll be able to connect your old subwoofer to your new receiver.
You'd need to get a new one, which if you don't mind buying closeout, can be found on eBay pretty cheap.
The easiest solution to use your subwoofer is to buy an amp for it. Any old stereo receiver from a garage sale will probably do just fine.
Connect the mono RCA subwoofer output from your Sony with a 1xRCA-to-2xRCA splitter to both the left and right input of the cheap reciever's tape or aux input
connect both speaker outputs of the cheap reciever to the speaker input on your subwoofer. make sure both black (-) outputs on the reciever connect to the black input on the sub, and the red outputs (+) on the reciever are both connected to the red input on the subwoofer.
make sure the cheap receiver's volume is all the way down. turn your Sony up to about the loudest you'll listen to it. turn up the subwoofer amp until it's loud enough to sound good.
leave the subwoofer amp alone, the Sony volume will all you ever need to touch from now on.
You can even now turn off your subwoofer / adjust the volume easily now!
Please update your post with any Model Numbers that you can retrieve, especially the subwoofer. Off hand, and with the limited amount of information that you have provided, I would GUESS that your subwoofer is simply overheating, and is being shutdown internally, hence protecting the fuse because no short is detected. If you haven't moved and or vaccuumed/cleaned around or near your system regularly, dust, pollution, pollen...you name it, builds up and can easily prevent electronics from breeathing/venting properly.