I own a high-end 2-channel stereo audio system. I'm thinking of setting up a home theatre but would like to "share" my main speakers between the stereo pre-amp/amp with a home theatre receiver.
Is there a way to do this?
I agree with the other two posts about the unity gain thing but I don't think your preamp has that if it's a Linn. If is does then you're all set. If not find a spot on your volume control when you use the video input(just a name I gave it for the post) that you can set it to each time you want to watch a video and be sure to lower the volume when you are done.
Main outs of the processor to an input in your main preamp.
The rest of the channels go to their designated amps.
Set the volume on your main preamp to a resonable level or unity gain(if you have it)and make sure you remember where that was. Have a movie fun night but remember to put the volume back when you are done.
You can also do a line source A-B input switch with line outs going to the amps but most will criticize you for having another switch in the signal path. I really don't think that would matter sonically. The A-B switch would be the easiest as you don't have to bother with your main preamp at all to adjust and readjust all the settings each time you use your HT system.
He is in luck. If you download the Majik manual, you'll see that there is unity gain. The same goes for the venerable little Classik.
I mistakenly turned it on in my Classik when I first got it and found a new way to clear a room real fast.
Why not set one of your inputs on your Linn preamp to "Unity Gain" and then feed the main preamp outputs of a surround processor or receiver into the inputs that you set for unity gain.
That way, your two channel system is unencumbered by the surround setup, and you get to use your two channel system for the main channels of your surround system.
When it comes to using surround sound, just use the surround setup and make sure to change your Linn input to the one that you enabled unity gain on.
Unity gain just means that it fixes the gain for that input. On the Linn, it's like having the volume fixed at 80 if the volume range was 1-100. The surround setup controls the volume here.
I hope that helps,
I used a line level switch to select between a Marantz 7C (stereo) and Lexicon DC-1 (home theater) ahead of my power amps. You could do the same with your receiver but may need a speaker to line level converter.
You can also run preamp outputs for the front channels into an input on the preamp and set the volume control to a fixed position.
Or you can use a speaker-level switch box.
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