How to connect passive subwoofer to pre-out? It means we connect the subwoofer with the receiver. The receiver is already built in the active subwoofer. Thus, we can easily connect the active subwoofer with the subwoofer. We need an RCA jack. If you have a passive subwoofer then you will use an external receiver that connects with the subwoofer through an RCA cable.
Some old versions of the receiver have only a line-out option for connecting the subwoofer. line-out has a low sound frequency option as compared to pre-out. But most people use the latest version of the receivers. Thus, we can easily connect the passive subwoofer to the external receiver through an RCA cable. Also, You can connect an external amplifier to the receiver through pre-out. If you are not satisfied with the amplifier built into the receiver. OR when you want more sound frequency from the subwoofer.
How To Connect Passive Subwoofer To Pre-Out?
In my experience, most people use a passive subwoofer. Because the passive subwoofer is affordable for every person. Its price is cheap as compared to the active subwoofer. Now you want to connect with the receiver. Dont worry about it. Sure you can use an external AV receiver for connecting the passive subwoofer. Which makes it work as a powered subwoofer.
We’ll use a pre-out socket for connecting the passive subwoofer to the AV receiver. we should not join a passive subwoofer directly to the AV receiver. Also, you can connect an external amplifier with an AV receiver.
Can I connect a subwoofer to line out?
Yes, you can use a line-out socket when you connect a passive subwoofer with an AV receiver. The eldest version AV receiver has only a line-out socket. Or when you want to connect a subwoofer with the computer system. Then you use output or line-out socket. But Today most people use the latest version of the receiver. The line-out and pre-out sockets are both available in these models. Now today people are using a pre-out socket instead of the line-out. You can easily connect the passive subwoofer to the pre-out/line-out socket through RCA or LFE cables.
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The Difference Between Line-out And Pre-out:
The line-out is a socket located in the receiver. It’s used to connect the passive subwoofer to the receiver through stereo RCA cables. Mostly The old version of the receiver has a line-out socket. Its sound quality is low as compared to the pre-out socket.
The pre-out socket is also used to connect a passive subwoofer to the receiver. Some old versions of the receiver have no this option. But the latest version of the receiver has both sockets which use for the strong connection between 2 devices (subwoofer, receiver, amplifier). We can also connect an external amplifier to the subwoofer. Its sound frequency is most powerful as compared to a line-out socket. I recommend you for the pre-out receiver.
The Difference Between a Passive and Powered(active) Subwoofer:
A passive Subwoofer means a dependent device. The passive subwoofer needs an external amplifier. Because the passive subwoofer has no own amplifier. We should arrange a good quality amplifier for the performance of the subwoofer. Its prices are cheap than a powered subwoofer. Most people use a passive subwoofer.
A powered subwoofer ( Active Subwoofer ) is the independent subwoofer. It has its amplifier which is built into the subwoofer hardware. The external amplifier is not compulsory for a powered subwoofer. But if we want more sound frequency. Then we can connect an external amplifier. Its sound frequency is specifically 20-200 Hz. its prices are highest than the passive subwoofers.
How to Pick the Best External Amplifier for Your Passive Subwoofer?
As you know the external amplifier is most important for the passive subwoofer. Some people also use an external amplifier for an active subwoofer. Because they are not satisfied with the original sound frequency of the active subwoofer.
Make sure your amplifier should have brand quality. Because brand amplifiers are most powerful than the local subwoofers. You can purchase amplifiers online from amazon and other platforms. Also, the amplifiers are available in the local market. It depends on you. If you purchase an amplifier from amazon. Make sure its quality and positive reviews rating should be good. Then you can decide on the best quality amplifier. In my experience some of these best quality amplifiers are
- Cambridge Audio.
- Linear Tube Audio.
How To Connect Passive Subwoofer To 2 Channel Stereo amplifier?
If you want to connect a passive subwoofer for the 2-channel stereo. You can easily this connection. Just need an RCA cable for this connection. You know passive subwoofer has no own amplifier. so, we need an external amplifier. But it depends on you which is the best amplifier for you. The 2-channel stereo amplifier is a type of amplifier.
- First, make sure both devices (subwoofer, amplifier) should be turned Off.
- Plugin the RCA cable into the amplifier socket.
- Plugin the other end of the RCA cable into the subwoofer input socket.
- I think your connection is successful. Then turned on both devices.
How do passive subwoofers work?
The Passive subwoofer is a simple speaker. The passive subwoofer is the dependent device. It cannot work without any external amplifier, receiver, Mixer, computer system, etc. Because it has no internal powered device which provides input audio signals. The passive speaker only contains on cone+box. We use an external device that provides input audio signals.
Most people use an external amplifier for a passive subwoofer. We can easily connect a passive subwoofer to the external amplifier. Just need an RCA or another stereo cable. First, check the output of the amplifier then you can easily decide which cable should use for this connection. Passive subwoofers work differently from active subwoofers. The volume of the passive subwoofer increases or decreases through the remote of the amplifier. Because the passive subwoofer is controlled by external devices (amplifier).
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I have fully explained How To Connect Passive Subwoofer To Pre-Out. Mainly I discussed line-out and pre-out topics. Because these sockets are important for connection. RCA cable is also used for the connection between the subwoofer with another device. I have fully explained the difference between pre-out and line-out sockets. You can take easily decision for choosing the best way about this topic.
I also covered related questions about this topic that came to your mind during reading the articles. I explained all steps in easy ways and in wording. I think you can easily understand it. After reading you need more information about any question. You can connect with me on my social accounts. I will you quickly reply. I always share information 100% authentic. It all guides contain my personal experience and my research. If you have solved your problems. Please tell us for encouragement.
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Posted: Feb 23, 2020
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