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iPod and Beolab 6000 with an added sub woofer?

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Alexander James Luft
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Alexander James Luft posted on Sat, Mar 16 2013 12:16 PM

Greetings from New Zealand.  I have a simple Apple iPod and really enjoy the sound directly sent via the RCA jacks on my on my beolab 6000's.  Of late I have wondered though if a I could get a little more sonic pleasure by adding a SUBWOOFER.

I have a non B and O sub that is powered just as the beolab 6000's are.  Can I divide the iPod single and send the left and right channels from the iPod to the subwoofer as well thus increase the  frequency response?

 

Thanks for any help!

 

Dr. Alex Luft

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Playdrv4me
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If you REALLY want to use your powered sub, theoretically, you could buy a "Y" female to two female RCA jack splitter for each of the signal leads and then run another two RCA cables each to the left and right 6000s and to the left and right inputs of your subwoofer (assuming it has both, many subwoofers only have a single line input). Then you could tailor the volume of the subwoofer with its own volume control if it has one. There's a chance that all of this could result in unforeseen hum or other noise with so many interconnects off one cable.

To me, however, I have not found the want or need for an additional bass channel with my BeoLab 4000s. Based on what I've read here in various threads, the 6000s and 4000s are fairly similar in overall performance and I find the 4000s to have plenty of bass just the way they are. In fact, I have my Beomaster 7000s bass control turned DOWN to -2 because they are able to produce so much bass. Your mileage may vary. It's certainly a cheap enough experiment to try.

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Thanks.  I would like to  try that.  But you are right the sub only has one RCA input.  Any further suggestion?

 

Alexander James Luft
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Thanks.  I would like to  try that.  But you are right the sub only has one RCA input.  Any further suggestion?

 

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Thanks.  I would like to  try that.  But you are right the sub only has one RCA input.  Any further suggestion?

 

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Alexander:

Thanks.  I would like to  try that.  But you are right the sub only has one RCA input.  Any further suggestion?

 

You can still do it, you only need ONE "Y" adapter cable coming off the Left RCA lead from your iPod cable. So your right RCA lead will go the BeoLab 6000 Right speaker as normal, and your left RCA lead will be split into two female RCAs by the Y splitter, then one RCA cable will run to the left speaker and one will run to the subwoofer's single input.

Hope that helps. Of course, the BeoLab 2 Subwoofer would just connect in series with one of your BL6000s via PowerLink (If I'm not mistaken). :)

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Now you are being a temptress.  Smile

 

Would I loose half the base by excluding one of the channels? 

 

Sound engineers help!

 

 

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Ah.  Reread your post, and understand better.    OK, thanks and ignore prevous post.

 

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Jeff replied on Sun, Mar 17 2013 3:41 PM

Alexander:

Now you are being a temptress.  Smile

 

Would I loose half the base by excluding one of the channels? 

 

Sound engineers help!

 

 

The answer is yes, if you only connect it to one speaker out. You need a mixer, you'd then split the outs with Y's, run both of them to the mixer, and one RCA from that to the sub. Not sure whats available where you are, but check places like pro audio stores or such, you should be able to find a decent mixer for not too much,

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I am currently using a pair of Beolab 6000 with Cambridge Audio Minx X201 Subwoofer using a Y adaptor connected to an LG ultra short throw projectors headphone jack. The Projector is connected to an Apple TV 4K. In the past, I have made the same connection with sub and beolab 6000 speakers to an Apple AirPort Express.

 

1. I set the sub's cross over at around 80Hz. The lowest the BeoLab 6000 goes is 60. So the 60-80 is a small overlap that I feel adds the needed  extra bass.

2. The Minx X201 is a super-compact sub with 200W power. I set the volume at a couple of clicks below max since the volume to both sub and speakers are regulated by the Apple TV volume/remote. If you have a more powerful sub you will likely need to lower the volume.

3. IMHO, the sound quality of this combination is better than a BL2 + BL6000 which I also tried. Plus, in this case the speakers turn on and off with the Apple TV, with BL 2 I had to manually turn on and off the trigger switch.

4. The Minx X201 subwoofer easily outperforms the BL 11 which I also had an was able to sell on eBay for well North of $1,000. That is crazy since the X201 can be had refurbished for $200! The main problem with the BL 11 is that you can't adjust the volume and it is not sufficient in my opinion. 

Using a Y adapter has been fine for me...I also redid the woofer surrounds on the BeoLab 6000 and that also seems to have improved the bass somewhat. I am using a different material than the original rubber surrounds.

B&O in my life 😊: 

 

  • Beolab 8002 + Beolab 2 + Beosound Core with Essence Remote (Office)
  • Beolab 6000 + Beolab 11 + Beosound Core with Essence Remote (Bedroom)
  • Beoplay A9 Mk2 (Living Room)
  • Beosound 1 with wireless dock (Portable)
  • Beosound Balance (Dining)
  • Beoplay H95 (Focused listening, travel)
  • Beoplay H9 (3rd gen) (retired)
  • Beoplay P6 (Portable)
  • Beotime wall clock (hallway entrance)
  • BMW X5 50i with B&O Audio Package (Commute/drive)

 

 

 

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