My Panasonic home theater audio receiver died. I want to replace it but not all the other components of my system. How can I find compatible hardware before making a purchase?
Five years ago I bought the system, a Panasonic SC-HT15 home-theater-in-a-box. It came with the receiver, subwoofer, and five satellite speakers. Each of those items has its own model number:
Front Speakers: SB-FS880
Surround Speakers: SB-FS15
Center Speaker: SB-PC15
is the instruction manual for the system, if more detail helps.
I'm concerned that I won't be able to just replace the receiver, because it's interdependent with the subwoofer. There's some sort of proprietary (I think) "system cable" that provides power to the receiver, and sends all audio to the subwoofer. The satellite speakers are all connected by normal speaker wire to the subwoofer
, not to the receiver. It's the only home theater I've ever owned, but I assume that's weird. Don't most receivers have their own power cables, and send only a discrete LFE signal to the sub? And satellite speakers usually connect directly to the receiver, don't they?
Anyway, I don't want to buy more new hardware than I have to. I'd prefer to buy something currently in production, not a five-year-old identical model. Is there any way to find a new receiver that will play nice with my subwoofer via that weird "system cable?" Barring that, what is a good receiver/subwoofer combo that will output signals at the appropriate wattage for my other five speakers?