Can you connect 2 amps to the same speakers?

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  1. PeteW123

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    I have an Onkyo 606 home cinema amp and mordaunt short 914i speakers

    It is awesome for films in 5.1 and pretty good for music in pure audio stereo mode. The front 914i speakers are bi amped (using the front channels and rear 7.1 channels as the amp allows this)

    However, I *believe* that a 'proper' music amp would give better sound for my music.

    So, question 1: is it a bad idea too have my 914i floorstanders connected to both amps at the same time?

    question 2: as the 914i are floorstanders, should I be looking for a higer powered amp? (I note most amps for music are around 40w, though I know specified wattage is not everything)

    question 3: would an amp costing under £150 be worth it, or would I need to spend more to improve over the Onkyo 606? I was thinking about the cambridge audio A5, £120.

    Many thanks! :)
     
  2. William YZF-R1

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    A speaker source switch box should do the trick.

    I contemplated one just to get rid of the stereo speakers.

    In the end I got rid of them & just connected an unused "record out" on the stereo amp (no pre outs) and hooked it up to a spare "In" on the AV Receiver.

    I am no audiophile but I have grown used to the two front speakers & sub.

    I prefer the sound to just using the front speakers for pure stereo.
     
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  4. PeteW123

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    thanks guys.

    I think in the end I will be better off just replacing my onkyo 606 amp with something better.

    Probably the yamaha rxv1900 for £800.

    But that is not going to happen soon! need to save some money first.
     

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