Altec Lansing ADA880 subwoofers

By selica ยท 9 replies
Mar 12, 2009
  1. Hi

    I have two ADA880 powered Subwoofers with no satellite speakers for either. I was going to use them as bass for my home audio system but i quickly realized that i need the sat speakers to turn them on. Anyways question does anyone know how to get this subwoofer to work without the sat speakers?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You probably only have to jump a couple of connector pins. The connector is the one that the satellite speakers plug into. What pins exactly?... who knows
  3. selica

    selica TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you for the info which helps none, why even write that ? not trying to be rude but really
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  5. javi1r

    javi1r TS Rookie


    I have the satellite speakers buy my subwoofer got burned. Any plans to sell your subwoofer?
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    It's sort of an intricate project to convert an integrated system such as those Altecs into a viable free standing amplified subwoofer, The tone control preamps are possibly in the satellites and I don't know where the crossover networks are located, but maybe on or near the woofers. It's probably an easy matter to trace and jump the power connection, since the switch would just be jumping 2 wires running up from the power supply, but adapting the line inputs may be a different matter. If the computer line out connects at the subs, that would be the best scenario, but you still have to deal with the crossover split running up to the sats. Actually, it might be an electronic crossover feeding the bi-amped speakers. If you eliminate that, you wouldn't have any active level control over the sub.

    I'd try to hunt down the schematics and work from there.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    What Exactly Would You Consider Help....?

    You know, we've just been sitting around here with the specs and wiring diagrams for the Altec Lansing ADA-880 speaker system, waiting for you to come along and ask questions about them.

    I suppose that we could hunt down the schematics for the system, then teach you to read them, and then upload amended wiring diagrams, should you have missed something.

    My considered opinion after viewing the system is, that if I had a half of a low end, junk, cheap plastic, tinker toy speaker system , I'd probably heave it and buy a new one. Another more patient person might suggest selling them to another sucker on Ebay. Not trying to be rude, but really, gotta jet, I'm off to listen to my JBL home theater system. That probably doesn't help much either, "sorry".
  8. vrezula

    vrezula TS Rookie

    ADA880 Speakers

    If you still need satellite speakers for your ADA880, I have a set.....

  9. questor

    questor TS Rookie

    Vic, I'm interested in 880 satelite speakers

    Hello Vic

    I am interested in 880 satellite speakers. 423-622-9816

  10. vrezula

    vrezula TS Rookie

    Altec Lansing ADA880 Satellite Speakers

    I just put these up on Ebay if you are interested....

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