Originally Posted by schmidtdarren
This might be news to some folks out there... Most if not all (someone should be able to correct me) recent Simaudio integrated amps and pre-amps have a bypass input for home theatre - A4. What does this mean??? MUCH better stereo sound while keeping costs down on the home theatre side (I use a Yamaha receiver for the channels other than the right and left).
I've been running the PW-5000 (precursor to the I5) for seven years or so. I'm quite happy with being able to enjoy 2 channel audio in all its glory in my home theatre setup. Obviously the best case would be to have two different dedicated rooms, but that is just not realistic for most people out there.
Prior to my current setup, I had a B&K pre-pro with 2 channel and 3 channel amps. I bought the PW-5000 used and it was a big step up. I then sold the B&K stuff and went to a receiver to save some space and money.
BTW, I also have an old-school PW-3000 that is from the Sima days... It is a little tank that never gives up. It is used in a second music system and performs admirably.
Congrats on te Sima product great stuff! As far as explaining the Home Theater Bypass it allows a user to use the power of the amplifier and making the volume totally bypassed as well as all circuitry. It's great for being used when you love movies but really can't part with your 2-channel. It's a great feature, i have a customer that has a P-8 and a Bryston controller with a Titan-5 and a pair of W-7m's to make an awsome 2-channel system as well as an incredible 7.1 surround sound system!-- Hope that answers!
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