Originally Posted by Function0
Tommy, can you explain what you mean by all of the terminology? I didn't quite understand the meaning of "full range", "L/R pre-outs" and turning off your subs at the receiver. Can you dumb it down and ELI5?
I would have asked in a PM but the forums don't allow new users to send messages.
Thanks a bunch
Function, this is a pretty old thread, I'll try to answer your questions.
There are normally two different connections offered for the Supertower, it changes from speaker to speaker throughout the years.
One is like the picture above with an RCA input and 3 separate speaker wire connections, one for each driver array all joined by the jumper bars you see in the picture.
The other has the RCA connection and just one speaker wire connection. (The arrays are joined internally)
The RCA connection is a Low Level / Pre-Amp connection for the powered woofer section of the speaker.
The reason these exist is that, since the woofers are powered they are fed with a low level input into the internal amp for the woofer, when you use just the speaker wire (which is high level) all of the low signals, below the speakers crossover, has to be then filtered/reduced back to low level before it can be fed into the amp and then played by the woofer.
By using the low level / RCA input from your receiver directly to the speaker that signal is already at the proper level and doesn't have to be "processed" down an extra time, basic train of thought is less processing = cleaner signal.
As for the connection to your receiver, this will depend on may factors:
Are you using separate Subs?
Music or HT?
Your room in general and it's individual acoustics?
Your personal listening preference?
Your exact speakers? (Midrange size and Woofer size will vary the connection also)
Connection options are:
1) Just speaker wire. (most common and easiest choice)
2) Speaker Wire and RCA input. (If you have speakers with more than one pair of wire connections as above, you MUST! pull the jumpers between the low and mid connection, you CANNOT run Low Level and High Level into the internal amp at the same time, YOU WILL FRY IT.)
1) Speaker Wire only.
2) Speaker Wire and RCA from Full Range Pre-outs (L/R Front)
3) Speaker Wire and RCA from LFE
Each of these may or may not give you different results, sorry to say that it will take a lot of experimenting and personal listening to figure out which is best for you, as I said before, your Receiver, Room, Personal Taste and Other Speakers will play a huge role in figuring out what it's best for you or if any changes are even worth your time.
Any questions you can PM me or ask it in the Definitive Owners thread:
Definitive Owners Thread
We check it quite often.
Hope this helps.