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Quick question: What would B speakers be used for?


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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   EricDeB

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Posted June 22 2007 - 06:46 PM

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 of 13 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted June 23 2007 - 02:18 AM

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.

#3 of 13 OFFLINE   JohnRice

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Posted June 23 2007 - 02:42 AM

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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#4 of 13 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted June 23 2007 - 05:15 AM

I used mine to run four speakers in the same room. Two in front and two in back for four channel stereo.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


#5 of 13 OFFLINE   MaxL

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Posted June 25 2007 - 03:29 AM

i use mine for "B" sounds like BuBBles, Beats, Breaks and Bass.
HT: Marantz SR8000, PSB Alpha B fronts, Alpha C center, CSW Newton S200 surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo Sub, Marantz DVD, Sony CRT TV

Stereos include vintage Sony receivers/amps into vintage AR and KEF speakers.

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   ChrisWiggles

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Posted June 27 2007 - 07:01 AM

Ew.

#7 of 13 OFFLINE   bobbyg2

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Posted June 27 2007 - 08:14 AM

Before my B channel broke, I used it for four channel stereo since I always listen to music with it.
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#8 of 13 OFFLINE   JohnRice

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Posted June 27 2007 - 09:56 AM

I second that.

The Hybrid System

The Music Part: Emotiva XSP-1, Thiel CS 3.6, Emotiva XPA-2, Marantz SA8004, Emotiva ERC-3, SVS PB-12 Plus 2

The Surround Part: Sherbourn PT-7030, Thiel SCS3, Emotiva XPA-5, Polk & Emotiva Surrounds.


#9 of 13 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted June 27 2007 - 10:18 AM

As I recall it sounded pretty good to me.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


#10 of 13 OFFLINE   bobbyg2

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Posted June 27 2007 - 10:56 AM

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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#11 of 13 OFFLINE   chuckg

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Posted June 29 2007 - 06:09 AM

I thought it was for listening to the B-side of singles.....
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#12 of 13 OFFLINE   Justin Lane

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Posted July 07 2007 - 04:33 AM

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

#13 of 13 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted July 07 2007 - 07:37 AM

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 Posted Image . Which ever sounds best to me at the time.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 





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