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Subwoofer appears dead but who is to blame?

About a week ago, the subwoofer attached to my Onkyo SR304 receiver made ominous popping sounds even when its audio input signal was removed. First time in 5 years. Now it makes no sounds, but the little green light on the front comes on and the fuse appears okay. Do you think the subwoofer died a natural death, or was foul play involved?---for example, do you think some kind of grounding problem caused its demise?
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Sep 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Is it safe to use other adapters with this subwoofer?

I just bought a subwoofer from a thrift shop, but unfortunately the power adapter (13.5 AC in) is missing. My neighbourhood shops seem to be fresh out of adapters with that voltage, so I'm wondering if it would be possible/safe/advisable to use a different adapter? I have several lying around the house with output voltages ranging from 5 to 16V.
posted by The Card Cheat on May 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Give me the best hip-hop tracks to kill the subwoofer in my car.

I'm looking for hip-hop that's engineered for car systems. Heavy bass, melodic bass, brutal bass--what artists, albums or tracks sound amazing in a car with an amplified subwoofer setup? [more inside]
posted by flod on Apr 16, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I stop IR remotes interfering with my other electronics?

My subwoofer and amp both respond to the other's IR remote control. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

How to connect a subwoofer to studio monitors?

How do I connect two studio monitors and a subwoofer to my keyboard? (I get sound out of the woofer but not out of the monitors.) [more inside]
posted by mcav on Aug 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Is this audio set-up worth the money?

Can I find a better home audio setup then this one for the money? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on May 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Catching automotive scofflaws on my street

Automated camera w/infrared for catching scofflaws (boom cars)? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Apr 16, 2011 - 9 answers

The plug-and-play home theater, this is not

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? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Audio-filter: Where should I put my new Subwoofer?

Audio-filter: Where should I put my new Subwoofer? [more inside]
posted by alextprice on Mar 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Looking to add more kick (bass) to my Honda Civic 2008 EX but don't know where to look.

Looking to add more kick (bass) to my Honda Civic 2008 EX but don't know where to look. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 1, 2010 - 5 answers

How to splice heavy speaker wire?

Car audio filter: How best to split/join thick speaker wire in a subwoofer install? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Monsoon amp replacement

Can I replace the subwoofer/amp for my trusty old Monsoon external speakers? [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks on Jan 18, 2008 - 1 answer

Subwoofer: To scrap or not to scrap?

Love my 5.1 sound system. Hate the subwoofer. Should I by a standalone subwoofer, or replace the whole system? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Dec 11, 2007 - 11 answers

subwoofer dilemma

Home audio dilemma regarding an optical input for iTunes and subwoofer... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Dec 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me fix my subwoofer

I have a passive NHT SW2 subwoofer being driven by an NHT SA-2 amplifier that is supposed to control the volume. Lately, however, the volume for the sub plays at full, irrespective of the actual volume setting on the knob. When it first started, tinkering with the volume control could sometimes get the correct volume, but now it's just at max all the time. [more inside]
posted by Gamblor on Dec 18, 2006 - 2 answers

Barking Subwoofer Blues

My mother-in-law plugged in her laptop via a docking station, hit the on switch on the powerstrip, and two disturbing things happened... [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous on Nov 1, 2006 - 6 answers

Stereo / amp question.

Looking for advice on stereo speakers (and an amp setup). [more inside]
posted by starman on Aug 15, 2006 - 5 answers

Please help me pick an appropriate set of speakers and a subwoofer.

Please help me pick an appropriate set of speakers and a subwoofer. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Jul 16, 2006 - 14 answers

I really don't know much about speakers

Any danger in positioning a subwoofer directly behind a Cinema Display? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc on Apr 16, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I enjoy my new computer speakers without pissing off the downstairs neighbors?

I love my new 5.1 computer speakers, but my downstairs neighbors don't, which has let to occasionally angry banging coming from downstairs. It's not like I'm blasting sci-fi movies at 2 in the morning, but is there anything I can do with the subwoofer to minimize the impact to them but not emasculate the boom-boominess of my Quake 4 too much. Difficulty: no "turn down your subwoofer". It's already down.
posted by softlord on Apr 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Can anyone help me with a troublesome home theater problem?

I'm having some problems with my AV receiver and I'm hoping someone here can help. I'll post the details inside. [more inside]
posted by bDiddy on Dec 19, 2005 - 15 answers

Subwoofer Power/Computer?

Help me with my subwoofer power problem! [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Oct 25, 2005 - 6 answers

How do you determine crossover settings for home audio?

I'm setting up my first home theatre system, and I keep hearing and reading about crossovers, which have me a bit confused... [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Sep 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Small audio amp?

I have a small Soundworks subwoofer with satellite speakers I want to use with my Mac. I need a small, no frills amp just to, well, amplify. Is there such a beast at a reasonable price?
posted by cccorlew on May 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Subwoofer Recommendations

stereofilter: I'm interested in replacing my subwoofer. I have some cheap RCA thing that really overemphasizes a single note. I'd like to replace it with something that has better frequency response, preferably a self-powered sub, and I don't want to pay a fortune for 'stereophile' stuff like so many people seem to do.
posted by delmoi on Feb 13, 2005 - 9 answers

Can you help me find good satellite speakers with a subwoofer?

Speakers! - Any opinions about a good quality speaker system - unobtrusive satellite speakers combined with a subwoofer - in the $100-$300 price range?
posted by troutfishing on May 2, 2004 - 10 answers

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