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Support: S8 Subwoofer

Questions & Answers

  • Question:

    How do you set the crossover on the S8?

    Answer:

    The S8s crossover is a variable low-pass filter. This means it variably adjusts how high the S8 will play. Unless the subwoofer is pretty far away, you can usually leave the phase switch set to 0°.  When setting up a new S8, I like to start with the crossover all the way counter clockwise and, with some music I'm familiar with playing, first get the volume "about" right.  After that try making very small adjustments clockwise on the crossover, evaluating each small change from where you'll be listening from most often.  Once it starts sounding like you can localize where the sub is coming from, back it off until you can't again.  You may also need to lower the volume a touch after the crossover is dialed in, or perhaps even while you're dialing it in, depending on the acoustics of the room you're in, and your own preference on how present you'd like the sub to sound.

    Audioengine powered speakers have fixed passive crossovers designed specifically for them; this simply means that they are designed to play the frequency range they produce, so it's not necessary to alter this when adding a subwoofer.  Adding a subwoofer, such as the S8, will pick up where the speakers leave off, extending the low end response.

  • Question:

    Can the S8 subwoofer be used with the A2 desktop speakers? I don't see any audio outputs on the rear of the A2 speakers?

    Answer:

    With the original A2s (not the A2+ model), there are two ways to connect a powered subwoofer to them like the S8. The S8 has two inputs and an output, so you could send the audio signal into the subwoofer from your source, and then use the output to connect to the A2s. The other option would be to send the audio signal from your source into the A2s, and then use the opposite connection, meaning the input that is not being used, as an output to connect to the input on your subwoofer. Both inputs on the A2s will act as outputs when audio is sent into either the A or B input; this simply means that if you're sending audio to the mini-stereo input of your A2s, the RCA input will actually output to the subwoofer.

  • Question:

    Can the S8 subwoofer be made wireless?

    Answer:

    Yes!  You'd just need a wireless adapter like our W3.

  • Question:

    What surface should I put my S8 on?

    Answer:

    We typically recommend using the S8 on a carpeted floor or with some padding under the feet if you have it on a hard floor, as you may notice unwanted noise and/or vibrations from the subwoofer feet on a hard surface at higher volumes. It's worth noting that placing your S8 on a carpeted area will not affect the sound.

  • Question:

    How do I control the volume of my S8 subwoofer? Do I have to reach behind the S8 everytime I want to raise or lower the volume?

    Answer:

    Most Audioengine powered speakers have variable RA outputs for use with a subwoofer like the S8. This means that the output of the speakers and the RCA output will go up and down together. So once you dial in the volume of your S8, you should be able to adjust the volume from the speakers, or your source device. Either way the subwoofer and speakers should stay in balance as the volume is raised and lowered.

  • Question:

    Are Audioengine products compatible with Bluetooth 5.0?

    Answer:

    Yes! We incorporate all the relevant functions and features from Bluetooth 5.0 that apply to our products! These features include; extended range, low latency (so that video and audio sync properly), as well as higher level aptX-HD, aptX, and AAC codecs (with the exception of our 512 portable speaker which supports SBC only). Keep in mind that the capability of the source is what controls the Bluetooth experience.

  • Question:

    Can I use the P4 passive speakers with the Audioengine S8 sub?

    Answer:

    Yes! You would just need an amp, like our N22, to supply power to the P4 speakers and connect to the S8.

  • Question:

    Does the crossover on the S8 adjust the frequencies played by speakers connected to the RCA line output?

    Answer:

    The S8's crossover is a variable low-pass filter, and will not adjust the audio for the RCA output connection. This is a full range line level output.

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