What is a monoblock?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by John Watts, Jun 23, 2002.

  1. John Watts

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    Hi folks,im sorry for what may be a dumb question for many of you but can you tell me exactly what a monoblock is i have seen them advertised and heard the term used quite alot but im not really sure what they are.
    Thanks for your help,John.:confused:
     
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    It's a power amp that only drives one single speaker.
    So of course you would require two for a stereo set up.
     
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    Thanks Alanrob.
    So in theory you could have a processor and as many monoblocks as you need for either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound or is it only for stereo setups.
    Also am i to assume that 2 monoblocks work better that most single box stereo amps?
     
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    Yes, one monoblock = one channel of amplification. Of course you can then have 5 or 7 or more, as much as you desire or your processor supports in numbers of channels.
    Just remember that each block has it's own power supply, so cabling will be very messy.


    Also am i to assume that 2 monoblocks work better that most single box stereo amps?

    You mean compared to a 2-channel power amp? That may depend on the make and model I guess (of both, monoblock and power amp).
     

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