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Quick question: What would B speakers be used for?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by EricDeB, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. EricDeB

    EricDeB Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I just noticed today that my receiver (Panasonic SA-XR50) has two terminals in the back for "B Speakers" and you can choose to turn them on or not in the front. What would these be used for?

    Thanks
    Eric
     
  2. JeremyErwin

    JeremyErwin Well-Known Member

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    Connecting a second pair of speakers,say for a different room, or outside. It's less versatile than a second zone, and often running both A and B speakers simultaneously taxes the amp.
     
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    I think what people have used them the most is for using 4 speakers to play music around the house, even if not actually completley separate rooms. Such as, many houses have open, connected living room/kitchen/dining room. So, when you watch a movie you just use the "A" speakers with surround, then to play music throughout that part of the house, you turn on the second speakers, which might be in the kitchen, and shut off the surround.
     
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    I used mine to run four speakers in the same room. Two in front and two in back for four channel stereo.
     
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    i use mine for "B" sounds like BuBBles, Beats, Breaks and Bass.
     
  6. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Well-Known Member

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    Ew.
     
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    Before my B channel broke, I used it for four channel stereo since I always listen to music with it.
     
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    I second that.
     
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    As I recall it sounded pretty good to me.
     
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    Not all of us have the same tastes, or watch movies with our receivers. I haven't watched one movie with my current receiver yet, all I use it for is music, so 4-channel stereo works for me.
     
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    I thought it was for listening to the B-side of singles.....
     
  12. Justin Lane

    Justin Lane Well-Known Member

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    Bobby,

    By definition, stereo cannot be four channel.

    If you just like listening to loud music 2 sets of stereo speakers may be Ok, but it really does distort the intent of the recording.

    J
     
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    How about 2 X 2 channel stereo? Or 2.2 channel? In any event, I used A and B in the same room back in the late 70's thru the 80's to fill the room with sound without having to turn the volume up too high (manager lived upstairs). And with the equipment I had, Fisher receiver and speakers and (I think) Soundesign speakers in the rear, I had virtually no chance of maintaining "the intent of the recording" anyway so what the hey. Besides, all of these things from DD/DTS to ProLogic to the various surround modes, even 2 channel stereo, are all fabrications to one degree or another so I prefer to do things that satisfy the intent of the listener. Usually it's DTS:Neo6 or the original stereo mix, but sometimes it's Onkyo's "Orchestra" surround mode and sometimes while working around the house it's 5 channel stereo (their term, not mine [​IMG] . Which ever sounds best to me at the time.
     

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