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hoosierhooch
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For an 7.1 HT setup...

If I have a 5 channel amp (125 x 5, 200 x 2), would I be better off using the amp for the 2 mains and letting the receiver amp power the rest...or vice versa?

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Username: Landroval

Post Number: 861
Registered: Feb-04
With 99% of receivers I suggest you use the amp in 5x mode with the 3 fronts and 2 surrounds and let the receiver amplify the two surround back speakers. Although if you have a Lexicon RV8, Denon 5805 or Yamaha Z9 or something similar, then it might be better to use the amp just for the two fronts in 2x mode.
 

hoosierhooch
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I'll most likely end up with a Yamaha rx-v1500 or the 2400 receiver. Given that this will be used for 100% home theater, would I really be accomplishing anything by adding an amp?
 

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Username: Landroval

Post Number: 865
Registered: Feb-04
Hard to say. Depends on your speakers, subwoofer, room size, listening levels and so on. Usually a good amp brings a clear improvement to most systems.
 

hoosierhooch
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The room is less than 4500 cubic feet. I'll have Axioms all around (either M60 or M80 mains). I haven't shopped for subs yet but it'll be something in $4-500 range. Listening levels? Just a family of 4 watching movies...none of us are hearing impaired. :-) I know it wouldn't hurt, just wondering if it's worth the extra few hundred for an amp.
 

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Username: Landroval

Post Number: 866
Registered: Feb-04
I think you'll be fine without. Use the money for a better sub and/or food, they'll be more usefull.
 

hoosierhooch
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Thanks for your input. I like when you guys save me money.

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