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    Question Connecting a Polk RM10 5.1 system to a Yamaha HTR-5860 Receiver

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    I purchased a Polk Audio RM10 5.1 system and two RTi10 floorstanding speakers to connect to a Yamaha HTR-5860 7.1 receiver. Now that I'm connecting everything, I'm confused at how to connect the subwoofer. The RM10's manual directs me to connect the subwoofer to my receiver using the traditional red/black copper wire. I was hoping not to have to do that.

    Meanwhile, the Yamaha manual directs me to use a sole RCA plug and something called a "system connector" for the subwoofer. I'm certain that is recommended directions for a Yamaha subwoofer, but can I use a 1:2 RCA cable to connect from my receiver to the subwoofer? If not, what is the purpose of the "LINE IN" RCA jacks on the back of the Polk subwoofer?

    Also, if I can use an RCA connection between the two units, must I connect the other speakers (satellites and center) to the subwoofer as recommended in the Polk manual? I thought that since I had a 7.1 receiver that would eliminate the need to connect the other speakers to the subwoofer.

    Thank you. Any help is appreciated! :)
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    High and welcome to the forums. Hook the sub up both ways and see which one sounds best to your ears. Imo the RCA jack sounds better and looks better.

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    Thank you for the welcome. I'm glad to see that so many audiophiles are here. I will give it a shot... I was hoping the RCA method would work, as I also like the appearance. I'll try it out tomorrow.

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    Welcome to the forums.

    Try it both ways and see how it works. The RCA method will probably sound best if you calibrate it i.e. set the crossover frequency on the receiver properly and set the sub volume correctly.

    Would like to hear your impressions of the RTi10s with the Yammie. I have RTi10's and they sounded adequate with my Sony STRDA2ES receiver. With a Rotel amp they went to a different level entirely. They sound like completely different speakers. The RTi10's need a brutally competent amp to control them, even at low levels (I listen to my music at low levels). All those drivers in the RTi10's make them power hungry.

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    I'll do my best to give a fair and accurate report, though I am probably not going to do the repot justice. :) Thank you again.

    Zac

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    I would say don't even bother with the speaker cable into the sub method when using the 10's. RCA all the WAY.

    I hope you are not using hair thin speaker cable.

    Welcome to the forum

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