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    Question Problems with connecting External Subwoofer to Firewire Solo

    Hello! I've bought the yamaha YST-SW012 active subwoofer (wich has 1 RCA input on it) and connected it to S\PDIF output on the back panel of the Firewire solo ... and nothing comes out ....subwoofer is ok because it works when i connect it via RCA - jack cable to one of the 1/2 balanced outputs on the same card
    Please help me! Maybe i should use another cable or output?

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    to additon: I already have 2 speakers connected to 1st and 2nd balanced outs...maybe i should't plug Subwoofer into S/PDIF out but it has exact the same S/PDIF input

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    S/PDIF is a stereo digital connection, if the sub works when connected to the 1/4" outputs, it will not work with S/PDIF. You would need to split outputs 1/2 in order to connect both the speakers and the sub.

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    Thank you for advice! But when i connect Both 2 Speakers to One Line Out, I hear a Mono L or R signal cloned on 2 speakers...so i don't know how to manage the spliting...Maybe there is some way?
    >Mainboard : Gygabite GA-P67X-UD3-B3
    > Chipset : Intel p67
    > Processor : Intel core i5 @ 2700 MHz
    > Physical Memory : 8Gb (2 x 4gb DDR3-RAM )
    > Video Card : Palit Geforce GTX 550 Ti
    > Video Memory : 1024 MB
    > Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit Service Pack 1
    > FireWire type : Onboard
    > Soundcard: M-Audio Firewire Solo
    > Speakers: Velton Maestro SV200A (stereo) connected to Balanced 1/2 Line outups

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    Or Maybe there are some Woofers wich are able to be connected to the S/DPFI out?
    >Mainboard : Gygabite GA-P67X-UD3-B3
    > Chipset : Intel p67
    > Processor : Intel core i5 @ 2700 MHz
    > Physical Memory : 8Gb (2 x 4gb DDR3-RAM )
    > Video Card : Palit Geforce GTX 550 Ti
    > Video Memory : 1024 MB
    > Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit Service Pack 1
    > FireWire type : Onboard
    > Soundcard: M-Audio Firewire Solo
    > Speakers: Velton Maestro SV200A (stereo) connected to Balanced 1/2 Line outups

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    Depending on the connections for the sub, it sounds like you would need 2 Y cables to split the left and right outputs from the Solo. Connect one of the left outputs to your left speaker, and one of the right to the right speaker. Since your sub only has 1 RCA input, I think you would want to get another Y cable to connect the other left and right split outputs to the 1 input on the sub.

    You may be able to find a sub with a S/PIDF input.

    Otherwise, some subs, like the M-audio SBX10, would allow you to connect the speakers to the sub, so only the sub has to connect to the left/right outputs of the Solo. http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/SBX10.html

    Be careful though. Many home theater type subs have speaker outputs, but they are powered outputs from an amplifier. The SBX10 has line level outputs for connecting powered speakers. Do not connect powered outputs to powered speakers as you will destroy them.

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