Originally Posted by valvaholic
Blazar, based on the pdf, I think you need to connect the LS and RS amps to the high freq drivers of the left and right main speakers respectively... Have you done this?
This would require re-routing your surrounds to the "upper" mains, hence "NO 5.1 FOR YOU!!!"
For the record here is how my stuff is setup and what it accomplishes:
The 802D each are connected in the bi-wire fashion with use of high frequency and low frequency sections. In STEREO mode this configuration uses TWO amps for the low frequencies for EACH speaker and ONE amp for the high frequencies for EACH speaker. So in essence that is 6 amps being used out of seven in the unit for bi-wire mode stereo playback.
Ok without changing ANY wiring, 5.1 STILL works and the Bi-amp and dual amp lights are STILL on.... the only difference here is that in 5.1 mode there is ONE amp powering each speaker for high frequencies and ONE amp powering each speaker for the low frequencies. You still get much of the bi-amping advantages.
Now when you move on to 7.1, the relays switch again and you are then only using ONE amp for each of the main speakers and the rest of the speakers are working on ONE amp each.
Basically I have decided that there is little advantage to a 7.1 setup and have very little interest in "matrixed" sound for the rears so I am not doing any 7.1 setup at this point.
Thus in summary, stereo sound utilizes 6 amps out of the 7 available and 5.1 surround sound utilizes 7 amps out of the 7 available.
This entire setup is panasonic genius and should be copied by all the manufacturers as far as I'm concerned. It makes tons of sense and makes use of all the available power possible.