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Bi-amping with the AV8801

I couldn't find the answer to this question, apologies if it is redundant.

I have tower speakers with an active bass section with XLR inputs. Can I set the AV8801 up to bi-amp? If so, how do I do it? What then does "Audyssey Bypass L/R" do? Could I bypass L/R on the mid/tweeter section of the speakers but leave Audyssey engaged on the bass section?

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AV8801-> XLR -> Power amp -> speaker binding posts for mid/tweeter
AV8801 -> XLR -> Powered speaker bass section

Thank you for your help.
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I couldn't find the answer to this question, apologies if it is redundant.

I have tower speakers with an active bass section with XLR inputs. Can I set the AV8801 up to bi-amp?
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If so, how do I do it?
With an external splitter
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What then does "Audyssey Bypass L/R" do?
It disables Audyssey for the front Left and Right main speaker channels
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Could I bypass L/R on the mid/tweeter section of the speakers but leave Audyssey engaged on the bass section?
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That is:

AV8801-> XLR -> Power amp -> speaker binding posts for mid/tweeter
AV8801 -> XLR -> Powered speaker bass section

Thank you for your help.
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Out of curiosity... Are there any owners here that compared the AV8801 to the AV8802? I'm curious if the AV8802 sounds (a lot?) better...
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I may be late to the game but I loved my 7702 so much that I just won an 8801 on ebay. It may be the biggest bargain I ever got or one of my many A/V lessons learned.
I plan on using it for 2.1 music listening mostly. If I hook up the 7.1 outs to a theater amp to use for movies will the zone 2 stereo outs have as good musical fidelity? Will zone 2 integrate subs or do I have to use, say, the balanced outputs to a stereo amp?

I know, I know, read the manual... just a little excited ya know?
Just curious why you dumped the 7702 for the 8801 in the first place? From a lot of accounts, including my own, the preference is the sound and format of the 7702 over the 8801.

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Just curious why you dumped the 7702 for the 8801 in the first place? From a lot of accounts, including my own, the preference is the sound and format of the 7702 over the 8801.

I did not dump the 7702. I loved it so much that I got an 8801 in addition to the 7702. The 7702 is in the movie theater and the 8801 is going in the music room. I hope that it works, someone picked it up at an estate sale and sold it untested for $100. Even if I have to put a couple hundred in it it should do fine for my stereo preamp.
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Holy cow ed. You were right, that might be the deal of the century if it works perfectly!
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Couldn't pass it up yo.
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Out of curiosity... Are there any owners here that compared the AV8801 to the AV8802? I'm curious if the AV8802 sounds (a lot?) better...

A lot ? that would depend but for me yes! enough for me to sell my Oppo 105 and use the 8802 via hdmi and that includes 2/ch
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How do you do a factory reset on the 8801?
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