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Wiring subs - y-connector or single phono?

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by BenPremium, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. BenPremium

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    What do you guys use to wire your sub?

    I've always used a y-splitter cable that takes the single sub-out signal and puts it into the L+R low level input on the sub. It seems to give quite a boost in volume.

    Is there any disadvantage to doing it this way? Are you cranking the signal higher than you should and hence opening the possiblity of damaging the sub if you turn up the volume too high?

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    Connecting to the left generally works fine.
     
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    I have used both the Y splitter and a single connection. Didn't really notice much difference between the two to be honest ;)
     
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    I think the theory is a 3dB gain if you connect to both (sub) inputs. :)

    So the sub is slightly louder. :smashin:

    But it doesn't make the sub louder on the largest peaks. :thumbsdow

    So the headroom doesn't improve. :mad:

    In other words you might just as well turn up the sub's gain slightly. ;)

    But only if you want you sub louder all the time. Bass heavy? :eek:

    Except on peaks. When it isn't louder anyway. :rolleyes:

    So logically you are reducing the contrast between loud and very loud. :blush:

    So what's the point of bothering at all? :nono:

    Nimby :D
     
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    Ah right. Well I played around with pulling out one of the connectors and it definately sounded at least 3db quieter. Thing is I've just bought a decent cable to replace this £1.50 cable from maplins but it's only a single phono and not a y-splitter so I guess I'll just crank the volume up a bit on the sub.

    I like it loud :)
     

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