Do HT receivers work better with fewer channels used?

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  1. Anthony F.

    Anthony F. Stunt Coordinator

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    I have a couple of questions about how HT receivers work. I have a receiver that rates the power output differently for stereo vs. 5.1 HT applications.

    1) Does this suggest that there is a "pool" of amplifier power available and that the power output is determined by the application?

    2) If I were to add a dedicated 2-channel amp to power the LF/RF channels, would the remaining three HT channels benefit (i.e. have more power available) in a 5.1 HT application?

    Any help appreciated.
    -Anthony
     
  2. John Garcia

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    1) Yes. All channels draw from the same power supply in basically all integrated receivers.

    2) Yes, to a point. There is more current available to the remaining channels up to their maximum rating, this does not mean they will actually have more power than they are rated for. This is called "headroom" as these channels will have more in reserve for demanding peaks.
     
  3. Anthony F.

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    Thanks. That cleared things up.
     
  4. steve nn

    steve nn Cinematographer

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    Good question Anthony. First time I have seen that question.
     

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