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Can I plug an ACTIVE subwoofer into an amp?

I have a subwoofer lying around. But it is NOT a passive subwoofer. It came with 2 smaller speakers designed to be connected to it. I have 2 much larger passive speakers connected to the amp but I would also like the sub. I can't connect these speakers to the active sub as it's built in amp is not powerful enough. I didn't find anything online about this. Will the active sub even manage to get power from the amp or is the power socket required? Will it go up in flames if I have the dedicated amp and the active sub plugged in and connected to each other?

 

Thanks in advance for your responses.

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9 minutes ago, Andretti2019 said:

I have a subwoofer lying around. But it is NOT a passive subwoofer. It came with 2 smaller speakers designed to be connected to it. I have 2 much larger passive speakers connected to the amp but I would also like the sub. I can't connect these speakers to the active sub as it's built in amp is not powerful enough. I didn't find anything online about this. Will the active sub even manage to get power from the amp or is the power socket required? Will it go up in flames if I have the dedicated amp and the active sub plugged in and connected to each other?

 

Thanks in advance for your responses.

If you have an active sub (as in it has it's own amplifier built in), then connect to your powered AMP by an RCA cable usually, as well as plugging the sub into the wall for power.

 

Basically you just get sound INFO from the amp, and POWER from the wall.

 

Is that what you're asking?

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1 minute ago, jstudrawa said:

If you have an active sub (as in it has it's own amplifier built in), then connect to your powered AMP by an RCA cable usually, as well as plugging the sub into the wall for power.

 

Basically you just get sound INFO from the amp, and POWER from the wall.

 

Is that what you're asking?

Yes. That is what I am asking. Thank you for your help.

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21 minutes ago, Andretti2019 said:

I have a subwoofer lying around. But it is NOT a passive subwoofer. It came with 2 smaller speakers designed to be connected to it. I have 2 much larger passive speakers connected to the amp but I would also like the sub. I can't connect these speakers to the active sub as it's built in amp is not powerful enough. I didn't find anything online about this. Will the active sub even manage to get power from the amp or is the power socket required? Will it go up in flames if I have the dedicated amp and the active sub plugged in and connected to each other?

 

Thanks in advance for your responses.

What sub is it may i ask? If it only has one rca/LFE input youll only get one channel of bass, and most music is stereophonic, not monophonic, so 1 channel will have much more bass than the other channel.

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2 hours ago, Derkoli said:

What sub is it may i ask? If it only has one rca/LFE input youll only get one channel of bass, and most music is stereophonic, not monophonic, so 1 channel will have much more bass than the other channel.

That's true for bass, not LFE.  Music is stereo, true. But my Denon AVR only has a subwoofer pre-out, so bass is either combined in a mono channel or it's the same left/right so it doesn't matter if you use only 1 channel..  LFE is recorded in a single channel for movies.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, jstudrawa said:

That's true for bass, not LFE.  Music is stereo, true. But my Denon AVR only has a subwoofer pre-out, so bass is either combined in a mono channel or it's the same left/right so it doesn't matter if you use only 1 channel..  LFE is recorded in a single channel for movies.

 

 

Yeah but if the receiver/amplifier does not have bass pre-out youll have to split a channel, and if the sub only has LFE in (IE only 1 RCA port) youll only get one channel of bass, not 2, but if the subwoofer has two RCA's in, ie stereo, then it will be converted to mono for playback. Such as my Mcintosh ma9000 has stereo pre-outs for dual subs, to be ran in stereo.

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