merge 2 channel and ht how???

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by DanielM, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. DanielM

    DanielM Stunt Coordinator

    Jul 5, 2002
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    ok I would like to take my existing 2 channel system consisting of tube pre,tube monoblocks,turntable and integrate it into a home theatre system something like this
    phono,analog cd,analog ld>tube monos
    then have all the ht stuff hooked into ??
    all is then fed to the same speakers
    I dont wish to have my analog front end messed with but the 2 systems have to converge somewhere
    component vid switching is also needed
    is this possible if so with what and how
  2. Kevin_R_H

    Kevin_R_H Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 3, 2002
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    Hello Daniel,

    It's a snap.

    I also have a tube stereo preamp and tube monoblocks driving my main speakers. All stereo sources connect directly into this stereo preamp.

    But I also integrate a full-blown HT in with this system. To do so, you need a HT amp (or receiver) that has "Main Pre-Outs". It's pretty easy to find nowadays. You simply plug an interconnect from this "Main Pre-Out" to an input source on your stereo preamp (such as "AUX"). When you select "AUX" as your source, you will send sounds from your HT amp/receiver through your 2-channel gear and on to your main speakers.

    No need to switch out cables. And best of all, your 2-channel enjoyment bypasses the evil HT amp/receiver. An added benefit is that your HT amp/receiver is no longer burdened with trying to drive your main speakers. It only has to drive your surrounds/center, which isn't overly taxing. So, there's really no reason to throw heavy money at this piece of equipment.

    I hope I did a decent job of explaining this. It's getting late, and I'm about to leave work.

    Good luck,
  3. BruceD

    BruceD Screenwriter

    Apr 12, 1999
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    If you click on my equipment list below, you will see the connections I used to integrate an HT system into my 2-channel pre-amp, they are just like what Kevin described.
  4. Jeff Aguilar

    Jeff Aguilar Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 30, 1997
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    Lacey, WA
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    I just bought an integrated tube amp, the Cayin TA-30 to use for music playback in my Home Theater.

    I bought a Niles DSP-1.

    This will allow you to hook up two differnt amps to the same set of speakers.

    When I listen to CD's, I select the 'A' switch and when I watch a movie I select the 'B' switch.

    Works like a charm.

    Jeff Aguilar

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