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Bi & Tri Amp Cyrus

Batfoon

Novice Member
Looking for some clarity regarding best set up to my Monitor Audio Silver RS8's.
I have an older set up and recently been given a Smart Power Amp.
Currently i have a CD8x, 8vs, PSX-R.
I've connected my 8vs to the Smart amp but currently not sure how best to connect the speakers. (From the speaker to the amp - 2 wires from the top terminals to the 8vs and the bottom terminals to the Smart amp.
Is this correct? Am i better off investing in another Smart amp and connect both speaker to these rather than the 8vs?
If anyone could do a simple drawing it would be much appreciated.
You have probably guess I'm a novice so terminology is lost on me.
Thanks in advance
 

337GUS

Active Member
Depends, do you have 3 way speakers with 3 sets of binding posts? If so I would go 8vs to Treble, Smart to Mid and Smart to Bass. I always put the amp with most grunt on the Bass. I used to run a full Kef Ref surround system with MF Amps 308/3.2 - Tri Amped and Bi Amped.

You use the Chain outs from one Amp to the Pre Inputs on the next.

I do have a bunch of Cyrus in the Office bought during lockdown as I’d always fancied Cyrus kit, running X Powers in Mono mode.

Google - Horizontal and Vertical Bi Amping and Tri Amping.
 

Batfoon

Novice Member
Depends, do you have 3 way speakers with 3 sets of binding posts? If so I would go 8vs to Treble, Smart to Mid and Smart to Bass. I always put the amp with most grunt on the Bass. I used to run a full Kef Ref surround system with MF Amps 308/3.2 - Tri Amped and Bi Amped.

You use the Chain outs from one Amp to the Pre Inputs on the next.

I do have a bunch of Cyrus in the Office bought during lockdown as I’d always fancied Cyrus kit, running X Powers in Mono mode.

Google - Horizontal and Vertical Bi Amping and Tri Amping.
No. Just 4 posts. I wasn't sure if the sound would be any better if i put the speakers through the smarts rather than the 8vs.
 

337GUS

Active Member
Depends on the speaker specs, if they are difficult to drive having a dedicated power amp can open up the soundstage and improve the sound, your RS8 are not hard to drive so you might not notice much benefit.

If I had the 8vs and 2 x Smarts I‘d use the 8vs as a pure Pre Amp and run a Smart per speaker In Mono mode and leave the speaker jumpers in place.

Otherwise removing the jumpers you could run a Smart to the Treble L/R and the other to the Bass L/R. Or a Smart per speaker for Treble and Bass.

Personally I wouldn’t buy another Smart, I’d sell the RS8, the Smart, add the money you were going to spend on another Smart and get some MA Golds.
 

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