Originally Posted by Tallcane
I also wanted to thank Dawn as well. She recently provided me some triad distributed audio in ceiling speakers to replace some very old in ceiling speakers. They look and sound great.
Brief update on my slowly progressing project. Triad came back with an initial recommendation for a 7.4 system based upon my room space (not a dedicated home theater area). Mostly silver in ceiling/in wall speakers along with a combination of four subs. The initial proposal was more than I want to spend initially so I think we are going to start with a 5.2 silver based system and expand from there over time. I am waiting to hear back as to the ultimate recommended speakers (in ceiling back vs in wall back) for the 5.2 system.
Question for everyone. I currently have a Yamaha 2060. I am considering purchasing an ATI amp to power the silvers. Can and should I use the Yamaha to power some portion of the speakers? For example, power the back two surround speakers with the Yamaha and run the LCR off the ATI amp? Is that even an option and should I consider it? Or just run everything off 7 channel ATI amp (7 channels to allow for expansion later)?
My first suggestion is to make sure the Yamaha 2060 will support 11 channels of processing for a 7.1.4. If I remember right it only supports 9 channels of processing, which means a 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 setup...no 7.1.4 setups. You will have to upgrade your receiver at a later date.
That said...off loading your LCR speakers to an external amp is probably one of the most important things you can do to relieve the burden on your receiver. At the same time, using the receiver's internal amps to power some of the surrounds or the ceiling speakers is a good approach to balance cost and rack space with reaching your audio goals.
If you want to play it safe and/or allow for potential future audio flexibility without using up additional rack space...and have the budget flexibility...then getting the 7-channel amp may be a good option.
If you want to conserve funds as much as possible...say you want to upgrade your receiver to the Yamaha 3080 for 11 channels of processing as soon as you can...then getting a 3- to 5-channel amp may be a better option.
Either way it is doable and practical.
One thing to remember is that a 7-channel class AB amp is HEAVY. Been there, done that! At my age, I have gone exclusively to high-quality class D amps. I find the sound quality is as good and it is a LOT easier to move the amps around. In fact, most receivers, including Yamaha now use class D amps.
EDIT: Re-reading the initial post I see I may have misread it. I was thinking the post was referring to including ATMOS speakers, now I realize you may be referring to 7 bed speakers and 4 subs. If so, then my post is generally correct except for the need to upgrade your receiver. I'm sorry for any confusion.