2 inputs into single sub - possible?

Would like to use my sub (Paradigm ps1000) for both HT and audio utilizing two separate systems. Can I just use a y-splitter to run both my HT receiver and my audio system pre-amp into the single input on the sub, provided I only use one source at a time? Is there a better way to do this?


Showing 1 response by bigbucks5

"You can also sum the L and R outs of the pre-amp together for more gain if needed to the sub."
For most preamps, this is not possible. If you sum the L & R signals from the preamp using a y-adapter, not only will the signals going to the sub be summed, so will the signals going to the main speakers. For this to work, your preamp needs to have separate buffers for each pair of RCA outs.

If it doesn't, you can use a single Jensen isolation transformer (SUB 1 RR) to isolate the L from the R signals, and then perform the y-adapter summation after the transformer.

You could also use a similar approach for your HT and music scheme. Just run the LFE out to the input of transformer and then sum the output of your music preamp with the output of the transformer using a Y-adapter. In this case, you'd only have a single output from your stereo preamp. To sum the stereo to mono, you'd need 2 of the SUB1RR xformers.