Using an amp switch for AV and Stereo instead of an AV amp with pre-outs

vexille

Standard Member
I know that the recommended way of using the same speakers for stereo music and surround AV is to follow the recommendation of this What Hifi article.

Until recently I had a Sony 1080 AV amp driving my Q Acoustics 3050i 5.1 setup, but sadly the amp died a death. I'm now looking for a new AV amp. I also have an old NAD C320BEE that I like and had been considering buying an AV amp with pre-outs to follow the What Hifi advice.

However, given the NAD doesn't have a dedicated AV input and the AV amps with preouts are significantly more expensive I'm very tempted to try using an amp switch instead, with the front two speakers connected to both amps. I've seen these two mentioned positively:

Solupeak P2
Beresford TC-7220

It's a much more economical option because it means I could buy an AV amp without pre-outs (the Denon AVR-X2700H for example) and continue to use my NAD with the Q Acoustics 3050is.

I realise it may not be the best audiophile solution, but I'd be very grateful to hear any thoughts on whether this is a good way forward to get the best of both stereo and AV amps on a budget. Does it come with any significant quality compromise? Looking forward to your thoughts. Thank you
 
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Ataripower

Well-known Member
Well it's a well established solution. Not the most elegant but it works well providing you remember to switch over as required.

I have noted there are some smart switches available now so you can use an app to control the switch
 

GzusH

Novice Member
I'm in the exact same boat mate, goin to go for the Solupeak I think. Binding posts look decent and the simplicity of the device also appeals. Didn't realise how bad my Sony avr 1050/good my Cambridge audio topaz am10 sounded until recently. Going to do more listening before I buy the speaker switch just incase I'm confirmation biasing myself!!
 

vexille

Standard Member
I'm in the exact same boat mate, goin to go for the Solupeak I think. Binding posts look decent and the simplicity of the device also appeals. Didn't realise how bad my Sony avr 1050/good my Cambridge audio topaz am10 sounded until recently. Going to do more listening before I buy the speaker switch just incase I'm confirmation biasing myself!!
It just seems like the much more economical option than getting an av amp with pre outs and you wouldn't have to worry about any difference in sonic character. Keep me posted on how you get on!
 

TheHighFlyingBirds

Distinguished Member
The main thing with this approach is that you cant use your Nad amp as a power amp when using the AVR. For AVRs with preouts, the yamaha RXV 6A is the cheapest I know of with front L and R preouts , which is about £100 more expensive than the Denon, but by the time you add in a switch it'll be about the same price. Note that the yamaha hdmi 2.1 is limited if that is important to you (i.e. you have a next gen console).

I currently use a switch as my AVR doesnt have preouts. I built my own, first version was a manual switch, using a 4pdt silver plated switch, then my current version is automatic using relays which are triggered by the usb output on my stereo amp, so that when I power on my amp the speakers are connected. I do not note any degradation in sound doing this.
 

Jamie

Distinguished Member
Does your NAD amp have removable links linking the pre and amp in connectors?

Back in the day I had a NAD stereo amp and used a 2 in to 1 out RCA switch as an external HT bypass.
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Connect the pre outs on both the bad and AV amp to a 2 input RCA switch and then the switch output to the Nads power in.
 

GzusH

Novice Member
It just seems like the much more economical option than getting an av amp with pre outs and you wouldn't have to worry about any difference in sonic character. Keep me posted on how you get on!
Will do mate. Only problem I may find is that the solupeak option might not be suitable for bi-wire, but tbh, it's not something I'm currently doing so should I really be concerned!! I was surprised at the few options available and the price also, thought there would be many people in the same situation. Clearly not. Suppose that's why we're talking here on av forums and they're not!! The cheap ones look nasty but the solupeak looks well made I think. If anyone knows more on this subject feel free to jump in 👍
 

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