Originally Posted by PGT FTW
you could set it up on a Record Out loop if you had a 2 channel amp and separate speakers to run. As you've laid it out, there doesn't seem to be much use for it.
Well, this is from the Pre-1's manual, and it concerns the HT Bypass function, which I read before buying the unit:
Connects to an external multi-channel, or 'home theater'
processor using standard RCA type analog connectors.
Connect left, right, and subwoofer (if your front speakers
are not full range) analog outputs on the processor to the
PRE-1 HT inputs. When the HT BYPASS button is
selected, all PRE-1 functions are disabled, and it becomes
a pass-through for the connected external processor. The
HT inputs are only active when the PRE-1 is on."
I was thinking that the external "Home theater" processor being referred to could be the Onkyo 818, which would take over the role of main pre-amp (for 5.1/7.1 multichannel HT action) when the HT-Bypass mode on the pre-1 is engaged. My sense was that the Pre-1 could act as the pre-amp for 2-channel music when the HT bypass mode is not engaged, but I could be wrong... Don't know.