More Questions about Bi-amping

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jason_S, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. Jason_S

    Jason_S Stunt Coordinator

    Apr 11, 2000
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    What are the differences, if any, between passively bi-AMPING with two 200W amps and bi-WIRING with one 400W amp? For example, would one method be able to handle dynamic peaks better than the other?
    I kind of get the impression from some people that bi-amping isn't worth the trouble unless you're actively bi-amping. Is this generally true? I can certainly understand the reasoning behind this assertion, but passive bi-amping must provide some improvement, right? It seems that some people don't advocate passive bi-amping, not because it degrades sound quality or anything, but because it's not worth the money over a single amplifier.
    If I wanted to bi-amp a pair of Paradigm Studio 100's with four channels of an Outlaw 770, for example, should I notice an improvement over using a single [200W] amp channel for each speaker? I've been contemplating an upgrade for many months, and lately my eyes have been set on the Studio 100's and Outlaw amplification.
    Your thoughts, please.
  2. Larry B

    Larry B Screenwriter

    Nov 8, 2001
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    My guess (and it's just that: a guess) is that there will be a sonic improvement, perhaps more for music than for HT. I can not tell you how large the improvement will be for two reasons: (1) I have know idea, and (2) I find ludicrous the common practice of "quantifying" subjective experiences (i.e., this amp provides 95% of the sound, for 50% of the money...").

    As is always the case, let your ears, and wallet, be your guide.


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