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Old 9th December 2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Hi there. I have recently inherited a 2nd Marantz PM6010 integrated amp and would like to use it alongside its twin to bi-amp. Is this possible? Unfortunatley they do not have pre-outs, but I was wondering if there was a way of doing it e.g. splitting the signal from the player?
Do you think this would give any improvements in sound reproduction, or is there a better way of doing it?
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Old 9th December 2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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Biamping is generally used to indicate separate frequency bands handled by separate amplifiers, as well as different transducers. I see no advantage in trying to use two full range amplifiers to drive one loudspeaker system (except in total power output, and I doubt whether this is your ultimate aim.

If you have separate sets of loudspeakers in different rooms, it would, I suppose, give you the option of a separate volume control. There you could probably use the tape out send to maintain input selection – but it all gets complicated for very little gain in either quality or convenience.
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Old 9th December 2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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Hello.
If you go for an active crossower solution then possible you could get what you want?? send high to amp1 and low to amp2 then loose the internal crossower in the speaker.
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It's always good to have maximum flexibility .
Doing the separation pre-out/ main-in is a no brainer .
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Old 9th December 2011, 06:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick responses. I take your point chrispenycate ' I see no advantage in trying to use two full range amplifiers to drive one loudspeaker system (except in total power output, and I doubt whether this is your ultimate aim.'

My aim would be to improve sound quality and if it is a pointless exercise in that sense it wouldn't be worth doing. Probably best to sell the Marantz on and put the money towards a better amp. I'm never quite sure whether upgrading speakers or amplifier would bring the greatest improvement.

I have a pair of Kef q80s from the early 90's - they were quite expensive then 600 to 800ish. Do you think that more modern speakers would yield any noticeable improvement in quality?
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Old 9th December 2011, 07:19 PM   #6
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As a way of investigating active speakers, it will work. You already have the amps and the speakers. Put together a suitable active crossover and have a go. Adding pre-out/power in connections is not too difficult.
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Also bi-amping with the existing passive crossover inside the speakers would be interesting . putting double binding posts in the loudspeaker ( if there aren't)
is the same as adding Rca's in the amplifier .
The only thing to consider would be the preamplifier , properly a buffer : it should be able to drive both amp inputs together .
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Thanks. I may buy a couple of splitters and try it out. Could be an interesting experiment.

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Thanks. I may buy a couple of splitters and try it out. Could be an interesting experiment.

Les
That's the spirit...go for it! One integrated handles L/R lows and the other L/R highs, and you now have high and low controls for separate tuning. Don't worry about full range amp issues raised here as the internal passive crossovers will take care and sort out the frequencies. Better to put to use the internal passive crossovers than external actives as the former were designed together with the drivers/cabinets. A lot more tuning/patience needed when you employ external actives plus the added costs.
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Old 9th December 2011, 08:08 PM   #10
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Thanks Blues. I'll see if I can pick some up tomorrow and let you know what happens.
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