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Originally Posted by RichB
The Salon2's can be bi-amped. One amp drives the woofers and other the mid-high's and the crossovers are no longer connected.
Both receive full signals. The mid-upper drivers receive the full-frequency signal but the passive crossover network filters out the low frequencies (high-pass). The mid-high crossover is no longer dealing with the high-power bass and back EMF from the woofers.
With the A21, I experimented playing just one channel in single and bi-amp configurations and felt there was sufficient benefit to get a second A21.
That and it looked cool to have the 3 amps on the bottom of my credenza.
Rich how would you compare the A51 with the A21? I also really dig the halo lineup and my A21 is my favorite component/addition to my gear thus far.
I have been using my marantz sr7009 for surround and center amplification as well as pre/pro duties obviously and I run my jc2bp in bypass mode feeding the a21. I want to add a multi channel power amp and I may also sell/move aside the sr7009 for a preamp/pro if I can find a reasonably priced one that sounds better in this application. I have been torn between picking up a A51 in case I want to add a couple channels to my set up in the near future OR if the A51 seems to shine runnning 5 channels I may consider using my A21 in a second setup. I have also looked at A31 but I hesitate to purchase it as I do not think the A31 or the A51 will match the a21 in SQ. the reason i am considering them is that tehy would be running my center and two surrounds (perhaps four soon) which would not benefit from the additional power supply that my cm10s do.
thoughts? thanks in advance!
B&W CM10s, CMC2, CM5s, SVS SB2000 x2, KEF LS50 x2, Infiniti Alpha 50 towers
Marantz SR7009, Marantz UD7007, T-PC50st60, Parasound JC-2 BP Preamp, Parasound Halo A21 Stereo Amplifier, Parasound Halo 2.1 Integrated Amplifier, Benchmark DAC2 DX, Essence HDACC Audio control Center,Marantz SR5009, Oppo DBP 105D, MiniDSP DDRCA-88A