Hi guys, I'm new to this forum but I have done some searching through google and this forum itself. I still have a few questions that I think you guys could provide the answers to. If i have overlooked something please just provide the link. No need to flame. I have recently picked up a 5.1 setup and have it hooked up like this: The surrounds and center are powered by the receiver. For the fronts, I have the receiver going into the external amp (an old Aragon 4004 200w/ channel that my dad had laying around) and the amp going into the speaker. First off, does the power add together from the pre amp and the amp to make 300w per channel in the front if my receiver puts out 100w/channel? Or does the speaker only receive the power from the amp, which would be 200w per channel? With that said, would it be better with the set up I have now or to biwire with the extra two channels from the receiver? I am only using the external amp (which is almost 20 years old) just because my dad doesn't want it to go to waste, but I don't want to do this if I can get better quality sound from just the receiver.
I realize this may sound remedial or really dumb to some of you, but I am new to this hobby and am loving it! I feel like I don't have to go the the movie theater anymore. Thanks in advance!