Use Only Subwoofer Altec MM ATP3

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
February 13, 2010 at 14:11:23
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 2.791 GHz / 766 MB
I have an Altec Multimedia ATP3 system, but without the satellite speakers. (http://reviews.cnet.com/pc-speakers/atp3-enhanced-2-1/4505-3179_7-1587363.html) The only reason that I have just the subwoofer is because the satellite speakers were nowhere to be found. Now, I would like to use the subwoofer as just a subwoofer without the satellite speakers, but the problem is that the right satellite speaker controls it, power, volume, bass, etc. Is there any way I can basically "hot wire" this to work without the satellite speakers? I think it might involve something with testing voltages and such, but I'm too much of a chicken to try it out without any help. Any help, no matter how little, will help. Thanks!

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#1
February 14, 2010 at 02:26:32
The speaker at a minimum probably qualifies as a woofer. What
you need is to determine what parts are missing in the lost
satellites. If the amp and power supply are in the subwoofer it
should be relatively easy to use.

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#2
February 14, 2010 at 08:50:56
Thanks for the help, but what exactly do you mean by what parts are missing in the satellites? The subwoofer has everything in it, the speaker, amp, and transformer and such, except for what turns it on (The volume control, bass, and treble controls are on the satellite, as well as the power in the volume control.) Thanks!

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#3
February 14, 2010 at 16:14:24
You probably can construct a replacement control panel with a
switch, 3 potentiometers (level controls), several capacitors, and
several feet of shielded cable. You need to identify the
connections to the missing satellite speakers.

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#4
February 28, 2010 at 18:34:31
Well, I know what you mean, and that's what I want to do, but I don't really know where to start. If I take my voltage tester, what am I supposed to look for to find out what connects to where?

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#5
March 1, 2010 at 06:43:37
Before using the voltmeter.
First I would identify the connections to the subwoofer.
1 - power - line power (115v) or external power supply (?v, ac
or dc ?)
2 - signal in - ? conductors
3 - left satellite - ? conductors
4 - right satellite - ? conductors
The conductors to the right speaker should be similar to that
of the left speaker. The power switch should be larger than
the rest
By inspecting the circuit board you should be able to identify
the power circuitry and the amplifier chips.
the remaining should be for the volume and tone control.

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#6
August 11, 2010 at 12:02:02
i have the same system but need the circuit board from the subwoofer case. i'll buy it from you if it works. I love the system.
email me at highroadlowroads@comcast.net

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