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post #1 of 5 Old 09-05-2013, 05:09 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello all -
I've looked around for ever and can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for, I'm hoping someone here can help.

I am planning on buying a new stereo system. It will be the first system I'll own that I need to use an amp separate from just a receiver.

As of now I'm looking at getting Cerwin-Vega XLS 215 (2) and Criwn XLS2500

My primary use for this will be to listen to music and maybe someday buying more components to create a theater system.

So my ignorance comes from not knowing how to sequence these devices so that I can still have multiple sources (iPod, PC, Turn Table exc.). My current setup just consists of speakers hooked directly into the receiver wire terminals. How do I wire the Crown in?

Sorry if it's a dumb questions but your help is appreciated.


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I guess I will use a DJ mixer and that should work fine. I still just don't understand what people do for home theater though.
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If you want to use an external amp in an HT set-up, the usual way to go about it is to buy an A/V receiver (AVR) with multi-channel analogue pre-outputs and then connect:
- all your components to your AVR;
- the AVR to the amp via the AVR's pre-outputs;
- the amp to the speakers using speaker wire.


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For home theatres people either get an AV receiver or much more rarely, an AV pre-amplifer and a multi-channel power amp (or set of power amps).

The Crown XLS2500 Power Amplifier you're considering is a PA amp and isn't meant for home use or with the speakers you mentioned. If you really want to use it anyways, you can use it with a stereo pre-amplifer or a AV pre-amplier (also called AV pre-processors). The later would give you video switching and the ability to create a surround sound home theatre system with more speakers and power amplifers.
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Thanks for the responses. What is the difference between a PA amp and a stereo amp?

For strictly stereo I was thinking I could run the components into a mixer like this Behringer VMX1000USB

MIXER ----> Power AMP ----> Speakers
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