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Cl8baller's picture
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Biamping - What is it? Pictures?


I was hoping someone could explain to me biamping and is it the way for me to go?

From my understanding biamping involves a pair of speakers that have 4 terminals (2 black, 2 red that usually have binding posts), the highs are connected to one amp, the lows on another. The amps are then connected to an crossover, which is then connected to a preamp which is then connected to a source.

What I do not know is how the amps are connected to the crossover, looking at most amps, they use RCA cables, looking at most crossovers they use XLR cables. So does that mean I require a RCA to XLR cable to connect the amplifers to the crossover and another XLR to RCA cable to connect to a preamp?

Also is there such a thing as a cheap crossover? It seems that they range $150 up.

Could I biamp with older equipment? It may not sound ideal to collect older equipment for various reasons but they catch my interest, I feel that it is easier to acquire them in my area, also I am on a budget.

I am a college student on a low budget, currently I still have a pair of Fisher ST830 which seem to be bass heavy that I would like to use for my lows, and a pair of bookcase Jensen J543 speakers I would like to use for my highs. I am hoping to toss out my DVD/VHS/Surround Sound for something else. I have full intention to do the same to my current speakers but for the mean time I would like to start here and upgrade in time. The source will be a laptop and I am aware I need a DAC in time, and a CD Player.

For biamping I am currently looking at using 2 LP-202A+ Lepai Tripath, a cheap crossover, a Pyle-Pro PP444, and a Behringer UCA202 as a DAC.

Kal Rubinson
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Paragraph 0:  See

Paragraph 0:  See below.

Paragraph 1:  What you are describing is a hybrid.  If you use a crossover before the amps, you should remove the crossover that is in the speaker.  

Paragraph 2:  Crossovers come both ways, as do amps and preamps.  Many amps and preamps come with both RCA and XLR.

Paragraph 3:  Sure there are but you can also build one yourself.

Paragraph 4:  Sure.

Paragraph 5:  Considering the level of your equipment (no offense intended), you would be better advised to improve the basic components in order to improve the quality than to fiddle with crossovers and biamping.   Get a decent pair of speakers before kluging two mediocre ones.

Paragraph 6:  I wouldn't bother.


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+1 on Paragraph 6 response in Kal's post above.

Work on getting some decent equipment before considering rather esoteric subjects like bi-amping.

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