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Control Your Home Theatre System With Passive Subwoofers and Speakers

When you are installing a sound system in a home theatre, you will be deciding on factors such as the quality and output of sound and how the layout can be accomplished easily in your home. Having one or more subwoofers is essential to increase the quality of the bass in your system, and if you want to have control over how the amplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers are connected and interact with each other, then having passive speakers and subwoofers is the answer. You can find many affordable passive subwoofers and speakers in new and second-hand condition in this collection eBay.

What are passive subwoofers and speakers?

Passive subwoofers and speakers are powered by external amplifiers. When installing passive subwoofers and speakers, you will need to have amplifiers and receivers that can output enough power to continuously sustain the bass from the subwoofer without straining the amplifier or receiver's power reserves. Passive subwoofers are often installed in a wall in a custom home installation.

How to connect subwoofers and speakers to your home theatre?

Connecting passive subwoofers and speakers requires several steps but is not a very complicated process:

  • Receiver to the amplifier - Connect the subwoofer line outputs of the receiver or pre-amp processor to the line inputs of the amplifier.
  • Amplifier to the subwoofer - Connect the speaker outputs on the amplifier to the speaker terminals on the subwoofer.
  • Speakers to the amplifier - Connect speaker wire to the terminals on the speakers, run the wire to the amplifiers, and connect the wire to the terminals on these power sources.
What is the difference between subwoofers and speakers?

Passive speakers and subwoofers require external amplifiers, and active subwoofers and speakers are self-contained and use internal amplifiers that are built-in. Setting up active subwoofers and speakers is much easier than setting up passive subwoofers, and all home theatre receivers have one or more subwoofer pre-amp line outputs that connect to a powered subwoofer. Powered subwoofers are optimally configured with matching amplifiers and subwoofer speakers in the same unit.

On the other hand, using passive subwoofers and speakers allows for much more customization in the design and setup of a home theatre. If you want the flexibility and control that having passive subwoofers and speakers allow, then installing passive components is the way to realise this ambition.

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