One set of speakers to 2 amps?

Jon Koby

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I have got a set of speakers I want to hook up to a 6.1 Onkyo A/V receiver for movies, and a different 2.0 receiver (classic old Marantz) for music. The speakers are bi-wireable with 2 sets of binding posts. The reason is, I'm trying to keep the 6.1 processing from the receiver, but get the dynamic,punchy sound I enjoy from the 2.0 receiver. The Onkyo is great for movies, but only decent for music. I really like the sound of the Marantz for music though. Any way to hook these up at the same time without having to switch cables on the speaker? I wasn't sure how the circuitry would affect the amp not being used.
 

Bob McElfresh

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You need to buy a speaker-selector switch and run it backwards.

(the 'outputs' to the speakers are wired to the amps).

It's important that the outputs of the amps never see each other.
 

Leo Kerr

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Yes, this can either be done with an 'official' speaker selector box - although it should be a "dumb" box, not one that'll try to do impeadance matching or anything like that.

Or you can make one of your own with a couple of selector switches in a box.

Leo
 

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