Originally Posted by carolinablues
Oh crap! Thanks for the advice!
I am using the Maranantz SR6001 for the AVR. I have the Nova pre-outs hooked up to the AVR's CD analog input.
I like having the pre-outs of the nova go to the AVR, because it allows me to adjust the sub level, when using 2.1 ch music. It's also useful for multichannel music/HT. I guess for now, I will disconnect the Aux3/HT input to the nova from the AVR. How do you have you Nova/AVr hooked up?
If I hooked the pre-outs of the Nova to a Distribution Amplifier and then to the AVR?http://www.amazon.com/AV-400-Composi...1427614&sr=1-1
Would this break the loop or would it make things worse?
If you unhook the Aux3/HT input to the Nova, you'll have no front speakers, since the Nova runs the fronts.
The way you are currently wired, what you don't want to do is push the cd source button on the AVR while home theater bypass is engaged. As long as you never
do that you'll be **okay. I have a reason to run my Nova back to my AVR as well, which is to run another zone. But, because I don't trust that the wrong button won't be pushed accidentally at some point I've decided not to risk it.
**That said, I don't like that you are running preout to the AVR rather than fixed. You're sending an amplified signal from the Nova through the pre amp and amp of the AVR, which doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
Regarding my setup, I'm using home theater bypass, but I'm not returning the signal to the AVR. So my two channel is just that. I don't run the sub in two channel mode.
I haven't had a chance to look at the distribution amp.
Something I don't understand is how the signal is getting to the sub through the cd source if you don't choose the cd source. Also, why are the additional channels not getting the signal when you run this way.
I'm still fighting a cold so I'm not thinking straight. But I can't seem to figure out how running the preout to the AVR is doing what you're describing.
Regarding the device you were asking about, I don't think this will help, having one input with multiple outputs.
If your sub is self powered, a device similar to this, switchable, with multiple inputs and one output, would do the job. You could plug the AVR sub output to one of the inputs, and the Nova Preout into another, then output from there to the sub, and switch between the inputs. I haven't looked for such a device, but it may be available.
Lastly, you could also configure your system so that the signal to the sub only
comes from the Nova. The sub would operate in 2 channel and multi channel mode. The caveat is that you would lose balance and crossover control within the AVR. I'd prefer this configuration over what you're currently doing. If you're careful you may be able to pull this off with no audible side effects, but I can't promise that.