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what exactly does an amp provide??

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Benny G, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. Benny G

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    Aside from increased power, what does an amp actually add to a home theater setup??
    Does it make audio clearer? Louder?
    Just a bit of basic info about amps would really be appreciated.
     
  2. John Morris

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    Yes, yes and it also makes transients more apparent and impactful when compared to a receivers onboard amp. Still, a good amp, IMO, should be transparent at best.
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  3. James Nguyen

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    a side benefit of having separate amps is that you've now partitioned out the various bits of your HT setup. an issue w/ power (amps) is separate from signal control (pre/pro). Problems with one is contained to just that piece of equipment, whereas if you're having problem with say, component switching on your receiver, both signal processing and power are down until repairs are done.
    It also makes your upgrade choices more plentiful for the same reasons. If you're happy with your amps but gotta have that latest greats Dolby EXX 12.4 sound format, then you just have to make the change at the processor level.
     
  4. Benny G

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    Ahhhh...I see.
    Then I would connect the amps to the preamp outputs on my receiver, correct??
     
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    Separate power amps usually provide higher output with all channels driven than do receivers. There are exceptions to this rule however.
    James,
    If you take your receiver in to get the component switching fixed, where do you get the signal to feed your amp?
     
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