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Getting connected


Check the impedance of your speakers. You can use speakers with an impedance of 4 - 8 Ohms.

The red coloured speaker terminals are positive (+) and the black speaker terminals are negative (-). Make sure the correct polarity is maintained at each speaker connector or the sound can become weak and “phasey” with little bass.



Prepare the speaker cords for connection by stripping off approximately 10mm (3/8”) or less of the outer insulation. More than 10mm could cause a short circuit. Twist the wires tightly together so there are no loose ends. Unscrew the speaker terminal, insert the speaker cable, tighten the terminal and secure the cable.

Note: All connections are made using standard loudspeaker cable.

Bare Wire


We recommend using Banana plugs with our units to establish a secure connection and ensure there are no loose strands of wire that may cause unwanted noise or interference.

Once you have stripped the outer insulation of the cable and twisted the wires as indicated below, securely connect these to your banana plugs, remove the dust cap from the end of the speaker terminal and push the plug in as far as possible without applying excessive force.

Banana Plug


  • When using a banana plug, make sure the speaker terminals are completely tightened before inserting the plug.  
  • The speaker terminals will need to have the round pips removed before you can insert a banana plug into them.



Any ‘line level’ source equipment can be connected to the audio inputs on the AXR (A1 to A3).

The diagram below shows the basic connection of the AXR to a CD player using the A1 analogue input and a pair of loudspeakers.

Line Level



The diagram below shows the basic connection of the AXR to a turntable via the Phono input.

This unit has a built-in Phono preamplifier (Phono Stage), so if your turntable does not possess its own Phono Stage, you may connect the record player to the input on the rear of the unit marked 'Phono'.

If your turntable does have a built-in Phono stage or you are using an external version, you should connect to any of the other analogue inputs, as the 'Phono' input may produce an unwanted distortion.

Note: Do not connect a non-phono source to the phono input.




The Sub Out is for connecting to the LFE/Sub input of an active subwoofer.

The diagram below shows how to connect the AXR to an active subwoofer via the LFE/Sub input on the subwoofer.





The Speaker B connections on the back of the amplifier allow for a second set of speakers to be used (i.e. speakers located in another room).

The Speaker A/B button on the front panel and remote control allows the two sets of speakers to be toggled on and off. Refer to the Front Panel or Remote Control section of this manual for more information on the Speaker A/B operation.

Either A or B, or both A and B may be selected for use.

Note: When using two pairs of speakers, use speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms each.

Speaker B



If your loudspeakers are equipped with two sets of terminals, then it is possible to connect them in the bi-wire configuration.

Bi-wiring sends the bass and treble frequencies down separate speaker cables, resulting in a clearer, more focused sound.


– Speaker A and B must both be selected on the front panel of the unit for this type of connection to work.

– Remove the bi-wire link on the speaker terminals before connecting. Refer to your speaker’s manual for more information.