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Active centre with AV receiver

Postby benny39 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:42 pm

Hi guys, I know this may sound daft because I think I already know the answer...but here goes :roll: if I wanted to connect an active centre speaker with a conventional AV amp/receiver how could you go about it? My Pioneer has pre outputs for all surround speakers but as you know I'm using the Antelope audio Gold, te real reason I ask is that there is a new ATC C3CA on eBay & I emailed the seller about possible postage options & if I won it I can arrange my own courier, thanks :)

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Benny

P.s. I think I would need a processor :evil:
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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby BenL » Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:12 pm

Wow, you could be in for a bargain there :D

I don't see why you can't use the pre outs on your receiver? The effect is no different from using a pre / pro. If you don't have XLR outs you'd need RCA to XLR cables, but other than that I don't see a problem. If you have passive rears you need power amplification anyway, so keeping the receiver keeps the box count as low as possible (unless you also picked up some 10As ;) )

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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby benny39 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:29 pm

BenL wrote:Wow, you could be in for a bargain there :D

I don't see why you can't use the pre outs on your receiver? The effect is no different from using a pre / pro. If you don't have XLR outs you'd need RCA to XLR cables, but other than that I don't see a problem. If you have passive rears you need power amplification anyway, so keeping the receiver keeps the box count as low as possible (unless you also picked up some 10As ;) )

Cheers,
Ben


Thanks Ben, so if I used RCA-XL-R then the AV receiver would only be a pre amp to the centre speaker is this correct

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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby BenL » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:24 pm

Yep, that's how I understand it. You'll need to do some volume matching as you'll have 3 paths of amplification (pioneer power to rears, pioneer pre to centre and pioneer pre to zodiac to fronts) but I'm guessing you have something sorted at the moment anyway to match the fronts with the centre and rears.
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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby benny39 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:53 pm

Thanks Ben I think I will email an offer & see what happens :twisted:
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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby BenL » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:04 pm

Good luck :D
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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby benny39 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:58 pm

I never did win that C3CA as it was due to end on the Thursday at 9:35am so when I left for work at 4:15am I was the highest bidder with a maximum of £1100.00, when I arrived t work I normally work at a part of the site called 'C' section which is quite a shallow dig at the moment at just over 100ft but someone never turned in at 'E' section at 230ft+ I had to cover the big navvy & no phone signal all day to raise bid or even call home :roll: oh well you win some & lose some
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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby MattSPL » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:12 pm

benny39 wrote:I never did win that C3CA as it was due to end on the Thursday at 9:35am so when I left for work at 4:15am I was the highest bidder with a maximum of £1100.00, when I arrived t work I normally work at a part of the site called 'C' section which is quite a shallow dig at the moment at just over 100ft but someone never turned in at 'E' section at 230ft+ I had to cover the big navvy & no phone signal all day to raise bid or even call home :roll: oh well you win some & lose some
Cheers
Benny.


Thats a shame Benny, but I'm sure another will show up.
I'll keep an eye out.

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Matt
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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby BenL » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:24 pm

Sorry to hear that Benny :( That's two in a few months tho so hopefully there will be another soon :)

Happy new year,
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Re: Active centre with AV receiver

Postby benny39 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:52 pm

That's just the way it goes :cry: cheers Matt & Ben :)
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