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Two amps one speaker pair

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by amoss, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. amoss

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    I am considering adding an av amp to my current set up. However I would like to keep my current amp for two channel use. The problem is I would like to share the front speakers between both amps. Is running two sets of wires to the speakers at all feasible. I guess the extra cable length should not cause obvious sonic problems (or am I missing something?)for the speakers. But is the output from one amp likely to cause problems for the other?

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  2. theo cupier

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    You could consider something like the Yamaha DSPE800. This is an add on processor which lets your current amp run your current speaker pair as front l/r (via a pre-out) and then processes the signal and provides amplification for the centre and rear l/r, as well as a subwoofer out.

    That's exactly what I've just invested in, by the way. The E800 is a few years old and recently discontinued by Yamaha but gets very good reviews on this forum. Also a few shops are still selling off old stock and second hand ones come around periodically. It is a 5.1 processor and due to its age doesn't handle the newest things like Pro Logic II, but for £165 new, what do you expect?!

    The reason I decided to go this route was that AV processor amps which are as good as my 2-channel amp are £1000+, this lets you get 5.1 sound for about £500 including rear, centre and sub speakers (if you play your cards right)!

    Realise this doesn't exactly answer your question, but hope you find this a useful alternative.
     
  3. Ian J

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    The other alternative is to use an AV amp that has pre-outs and use your existing stereo amp as normal with the AV amp just handling centre and rear duties.
     

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