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July 1, 2009

Question of the Month: Connecting Two Amps to the Same Speakers

Filed under: Question of the Month — Tags: — Alan @ 12:47 pm

Q. So here may be the dumbest idea you have heard all week. I am a confirmed 2-channel guy. I recently bought an Axiom subwoofer that I plan to use only when watching movies. I have been toying with the idea of going “all the way” and setting up a 5.1 system to use separately from my 2-channel system when watching movies. I want to continue to use my existing 2-channel preamp and amp when listening to music. It seems silly to buy new main speakers when I have my existing speakers. I am trying to figure out a way to share my main speakers between a 2-channel setup and a 5.1-channel setup. It’s not possible (is it?) to run 2 amps (2-channel and 5.1- channel) into one speaker as long as only one amp is powered up at a time (two sets of speaker cables to each speaker’s binding posts)? Would this cause a short? I am trying to avoid having to switch speaker wires back and forth every time I want to switch from movies to music. If this is a really silly idea, can you think of any other workarounds? – Mike

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