Connecting the AR ARS500 Subwoofer
Your only connections are to the Subwoofers Audio Input jacks. Do not try to use the Subwoofers Output to Speakers terminal. If your pre-amp or processor has a Subwoofer or Mono Output jack that is controlled by the master volume control, use a single audio cable to connect that output to the Subwoofers Left Audio In jack. This connection is preferred due to improved signal isolation and reduced cable effects, but otherwise will give results identical to the connections described above.
Polarity: All speakers in a system have to be connected with the same polarity Speaker wire is marked for polarity so that at each end, you can tell which wire in the pair is which Polarity is shown by a color stripe on the insulation of one conductor, by ridges molded into the insulation of one conductor, by different insulation colors, or by the colors of the wires, one copper and one silver.
Option 1: Subwoofer connection with Speaker Level Inputs.
Option 2: Subwoofer connection with RCA type audio cables.
Stereo Systems (two channel): Using RCA type audio cables for your connections means that you will have to use "Y" adapters to feed the output signals from you rpre-amp to the Subwoofer and to the power amplifier at the same time. Connect ta pair of audio cables from the pre-amps output jacks (if necessary, through "Y" adapters) to the Subwoofers "Normal Input" jacks. Connect Left channel to Left, and Right channel to Right.
Surround Sound Systems: Most newer surround sound amplifiers and virtually all Dolby Digital/AC3* amplifier/processors have dedicated Subwoofer outputs. If this is the case with your system, please do the following: