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Hooking up an ICBM without separate amplification

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Thomas_Berg, May 21, 2002.

  1. Thomas_Berg

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    i currently have an RP91 and an Onkyo 595, but a new receiver with preouts is in the works (along with an ICBM). since i dont think i'll have the $$ to also add an external amp and i'd like to use the ICBM as a universal bass manager, would the following idea work with good results?
    get 2 RadioShack A/V selectors (#15-1952) to connect the RP91 and analog cables from the preouts through. then run the six combined cables into the analog inputs. would this work?
    would it work if i got 6 female to male Y adapters and did the same thing without the switchboxes?
    thanks in advance for the insight.
     
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    This won't work, it will set up a feedback loop and could damage your equipment. If your receiver has preamp outs but no power amp ins (some receivers have jumpered pre-outs and power-ins for this purpose) you're out of luck.
    However, all may not be lost. Chances are the DD and DTS decoders in your DVD player are pretty good. You can use the 6-channel analog outputs from your DVD player, go through the ICBM, and select "6-channel in" for all DVD material. You won't have nifty bass management on your other sources, only DVD, but that's the most important, right?
     
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    i'd really like to use it for music too, but i guess that's not gonna happen. i thought it was pretty clever, but thanks for the warning!
     
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    As long as you stick with stero music, you're gold this way. Just use the DACs in the DVD player, they're probably comparable to the ones in the pre/pro.
     

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