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Old 1st August 2012, 11:58 PM   #1
grunt99 is offline grunt99  Canada
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Default wiring Q: adding amp to a Paradigm passive SB-100

Hi folks, new user here - first post. Hope some of you guys can help me out with a project.

I have a nice big paradigm sb-100 passive sub that I wanted to bring alive with a plate amp. I just have it hooked up with the fronts in crossover mode, if that's the proper term. I like the sub but what to use my LFE out. So figured I'd buy a plate amp.

Instead, I found a deal on a powered sub (Quest 8"). So I figured I would just remove the amp from it and throw it in the SB-100. I'm not really worried too much about power (I think it's 80 watts), just want to have the newer connections. And make use of the x.1 channel instead of the XO fronts.

Problem is, I'm no electician and I don't know how to wire it. I expected to see one red wire and one black in each one when I opened them, and just splice into them. But it looks more complicated. I'll post some pics.

The donor Quest has two sets of wires going to either side of the driver. Each set has a black and a white wire. All 4 wires, and terminals they connect to look identical to my untrained eye.

The Paradigm is a bit different. It also has 4 cables. Red, black, green and yellow. If I look at the board where they connect, the red and black are labelled on the board as such, and the green is also labelled black, and the yellow is labelled red. So I guess they just used 4 diff colors so you would not confuse one pos+ with the other? Each set of wires is next to a coil type thingy.

The Quest one also has coil thingys, but smalled. ANd it's board is not labelled, and I can't see where it's wires actually connect to see their label (if any) unless I really tear that thing apart.

So... do I just take one set of the quest black/white and connect them to the red/white, and the second black/white and connect them to green/yellow? If so, would I use either set, or do I have to make sure I have them goign to the correct set? By that I mean, could I be mixing up a quest IN to an SB-100 OUT?

I guess I can't post pics, here is what the wires of the SB-100 look like though: Adding plate amp to SB-110?

Sorry if this is like preschool for you guys! It's not for me
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Old 2nd August 2012, 04:29 AM   #2
grunt99 is offline grunt99  Canada
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well I was eager to try it out... and my assumption was right. I just hooked the 4 wires all together, with the + and - assumptions I had, it sounds great. Totally woke this sub up! And that 80 watts is soo much nicer in this huge box with the 10" driver than the 8" in the smaller Quest housing. So glad I took the plunge.

I guess I'll now take the passive "housing" I removed, and put it into the now defunct Quest. Even in passive mode, that thing would HAVE to be better than those crappy home threatre in a box type ones right - you know the type with one + and one - connector at the back? I have one of those in my bedroom (for movies) and it can't handle much bass without getting distorted.

If I do this part B project, would I just take splice in a second wire off the one coming out of the rcvr (not a true rcvr), or would I just hook it into ther left or right? Would having only one of the sides plugged in cause it to have half the bass?

Anyone out there???
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