CA 551R passing through to the CA 851A?

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  1. stevenn21

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    i was looking a thread comparing the ca 651r the ca 751r and the ca 851a as i am looking to significantly upgrade my system.
    i have just invested in the bx2's and the matching centre.
    what i concluded from the discussion was that instead of getting rid of my 551r i could pass the 551r through the 851a this would be the best of both worlds for music and movies.
    this sounds good to me as i am quite attached to my azur 551r and my 752bd.

    my system comprises of ca azur 551r receiver, azur 752bd player and the ca np30 network streamer the speakers are bx2's front matching centre with ca minx min21 as rears.


    so my questions are:
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    can i pass the 551r through the 851a?
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    would it improve the sound quality for 2 channels (music)?
    3)
    if i was to do this would my speakers be the weak chain in my system again?(if so i will happily move the bx2's to the rear and maybe get a better centre).

    4)
    would i need any additional cables?

    i use my system about 95% for music and 5% movies.
    my room is quite small and funny shaped here is a pic:

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    i no longer have a sub
    any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance Steven.

     
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    Does your AVR have pre-outs? If yes, you could route the front Left and Right channels via your stereo amp. It would be handy if your stereo amp has AV Bypass, but if not, it's still possible to route audio to it if your AVR has pre outs, but it would mean volume matching. Have a look at the video tutorial via the link below for a useful guide on how this is done.

    How to add hi-fi to your home cinema | whathifi.com
     
  3. stevenn21

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    the 551r has "7.1 pre amp outs" but i dont know if you can only use 2 channels or if you have to connect up all the 7.1.

    when you say "you could route the front Left and Right channels via your stereo amp" im presuming you mean the 851a amp?
     
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    Yes, you should be able to use the front pre-outs with your 851a. This would mean your 551r AVR is powering all channels except the front, which your 851a will be powering.
     
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    If you end up going for the 651a, then the bx2 will be fine although a class up wouldn't hurt things at all, but if you do decide to go for the 751a or 851a then the bx2 will be the link.
     
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    i dont intend on getting the 651r or the 751r i want to run my front speakers through a power amp ive decided not to go for the 851a because it would be a total waste. instead im going to get a power amp like NAD, Parasound, Onkyo, Marantz... for example will i still need a speaker upgrade?
     
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    Yes and no. As I see it, the same rules apply, but the bx2 should do very with music as that is what they are primarily design for. And working with a sub should give good dividends in both music and films in a average size room. And as you just shelled out your hard earned on them, why not use them.

    How does the 551r sound with music as is?
     
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    it sounds good most people would be happy with it but i just want to get the music sounding as good as it can with the hardware i have and can afford
     

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