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post #1 of 3 Old 08-18-2019, 03:48 PM - Thread Starter
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Question Harmon Kardon SB-16 Subwoofer without the soundbar

Hello, I picked up a Harmon Kardon SB-16 wireless subwoofer from a Goodwill. I already have a Harmon Kardon TS-15 Wired Subwoofer for another receiver, which I really like and it looks identical and I (stupidly) assumed this SB-16 was the same. When I got home I realized the SB-16 is a wireless sub-woofer and typically would come included with a Harmon Kardon SB-16 Soundbar.

So my question is: is there anyway to get the SB-16 Subwoofer to work with a receiver - WITHOUT the accompanied soundbar? Perhaps some sort of transmitter device that hooks up to the preamp/subwoofer RCA jack on my receiver? Assuming HK isn't using some proprietary wireless standard...?

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In case someone else runs into this question, here is the response from HK support:

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We do apologize for the delayed response. We also appreciate the time on reaching this concern to us. However, the sub-woofer for the said unit only works with the soundbar. It doesn't have any option to connect it to the receiver at all. I know this unit is very important to you, but it will not work without it's soundbar. We highly recommend to return the item to the store where you purchase it.
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Hey, I'm in the same boat. I got a sb 16 for free, can't find the subwoofer on eBay or anywhere.

Want to join forces and try to hack it? My idea is to open it up, find a "line out" trace that goes to the subwoofer transmitter, and solder a rca connector on it. Then scavenge a cheap subwoofer somewhere. Boom.

I would love a buddy on this project! Even if all you do is cheerlead and copy me if I succeed.

I'm in Sydney. Josh at Whitkin dot com if you're up for it.
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