How to amp a center ?

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How to amp a center ?

Postby Mariner » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:18 am

Hi,
i have a C1C and a McIntosh MC502 to amp it.
The Mac has 50w/ch into 8 ohms, 75w/ch into 2.7 to 4 ohms. (150w mono into 8 ohms).
My preamp has two center outputs.

So is it better to connect it with the bridged amp to get 150W at the bridged center,
or should i use the biamp version with 50W, and amp mid and high seperate with low power ??
Any ideas welcome !
Thanks !!

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Re: How to amp a center ?

Postby Alastair » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:40 pm

Hello Rudy

No experience here but my simple answer is try both.

I like the headroom of power so if I had to pick and forget, I’d go the mono way to get 150w. But can’t say if that sounds better than the alternative you suggest.

Have a good time :-)

Alastair
Sys 1: ATC Classic SCM100ASL, C1C, SCM11, C6, CDA2 MK2 / Krell Showcase 5 / Oppo 203 / Emotiva XMC-1
Sys 2: Quad Pro-63, Elite QSP, Pre & CDX
Gym: Meridian DSP5000 96/24, DSP5000C 96/24, D6000, 568.2MM, 518
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Re: How to amp a center ?

Postby Mariner » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:12 am

Thanks for your answer Alastair!
I hoped that there might be a technical explanation for the advantage of one of these solutions :)
Some time ago I thought I've read that it might be better to remove the original bridges (metal bars)and take cables for the bridge. But I can't remember in which way!
So any suggestions about connecting a center are welcome!

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Re: How to amp a center ?

Postby Mariner » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:13 am

Double post again! Sorry

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