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How to Wire a Sony SA-W10

Sony's SA-W10 active super woofer is an amplified speaker designed to exclusively reproduce bass frequencies. It features a 6.75 inch cone bass driver and a 23 watt amplifier. Sony rates it to generate bass as low as 28 hertz and to reproduce frequencies as high as 200 hertz, although most users will allow their main speakers to reproduce sound above approximately 100 hertz. The super woofer will typically sound best when located near a wall or in a corner of your room, but does not need to be located exactly between your front speakers. (p. 11, 9)

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  1. Turn off your receiver, processor or preamplifier and your Sony SA-W10 by using their power switches.

  2. Connect an audio patch cord with phono plug connectors on both ends to the "Input 1" terminal on your SA-W10. Simply press the plug into the hole, twisting it while inserting it if it is a tight fit. (p. 5)

  3. Connect the other end of the patch cord to your preamplifier, processor or receiver's "subwoofer" or "superwoofer" output. This jack will typically be located on your receiver's back panel, and could also be labelled "mono out" or "mix out". If your stereo lacks one of these outputs, use the "Speaker-Level Connection" process outlined below. (p. 5)

  4. Turn both your audio source and SA-W10 on, using their power buttons.

  5. Turn off your receiver, processor or preamplifier and your Sony SA-W10 by using their power switches.

  6. Disconnect the speaker wires from your speakers by either twisting the binding posts and removing them or by flipping down the spring-loaded terminals so that you can pull the wires out. Be careful to keep which wire goes to which speaker straight. (p. 5)

  7. Connect the right speaker's wires, the other end of which should still be connected to the speaker outputs on your reciever, processor or preamplifier, to the "R" terminals for "Input 2" on the Sony SA-W10, and connect the left speaker's wires to the "L" terminals for "Input 2". To do this, simply press down on the small spring loaded lever, insert the wire, then release the lever. Be careful to keep the polarities of the wires the same, always connecting negative to negative and positive to positive. (p. 5)

  8. Connect an additional set of speaker wires from the "Speaker" outputs on your Sony SA-W10 to your speakers. The outputs are located directly above the "Input 2" speaker terminals on the SA-W10's back panel. To connect them, press down the spring-loaded terminals and insert the wires, making sure that their ends have been stripped to show between one-half and one-inch of bare wire. Then connect the other end of the wire to the corresponding terminals on your speakers, being careful to connect the correct polarity and the correct speaker to the correct wire. (p. 5)

  9. Turn both your audio source and SA-W10 on, using their power buttons.

  10. Tip

    If you have a choice between the two connections, use the line-level method. You may need to activate your receiver's subwoofer output. Use your owner's manual to figure out the procedure.

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Things You'll Need

  • Stereo Receiver
  • SA-W10 Subwoofer
  • Connection cable (described below)

About the Author

Solomon Poretsky has been writing since 1996 and has been published in a number of trade publications including the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." He holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Columbia University and has extensive experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology.

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