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6. Subwoofers > 51. Hook Up Your Subwoofer Correctly

Hook Up Your Subwoofer Correctly

Getting the best from your sub involves more than plugging in a cable or two and popping in a movie. Learn how to optimally set up your subwoofer, connect it to your audio system, and ensure it meshes with your existing speakers.

Now that you have a sub [Hack #50] , you need to know how to hook it up. Depending on the equipment you have, there are numerous ways to hook up a sub. I’ll go into detail on the most common scenario. You have a relatively new surround sound receiver (or preamp/processor) and a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup. In this situation, the ideal hookup will involve making proper use of the receiver bass management features, a line-level connection from the receiver to the subwoofer’s amp, and defeating the subwoofer’s crossover.


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