Home Theatre Bypass?

Henryhk -- Mon, 08/18/2008 - 11:00

I currently have a home theatre set up and some other equipment from a dedicated 2 channel set up. The question is I want to use if possible the amps from the latter: DartZeel pre and pwr amps. Unfortunately I no longer can maintain two systems due to space/WAF etc. My home theatre set up uses McIntosh pre/pro and a multichannel amp. The Dart pre does have a home theatre bypass via the mute but not sure how to connect things. Also I note if the Dart pre goes to the pre pro, then I can't use the 50ohm zeel interconnect which is so good with the darts. Should I go and do the HT bypass (and let me know how) or should I just trade in the McIntosh pre pro (pretty good but I am a bit more ambitious) and the dart pre & try to something like the new Mark Levinson console, sell the McIntosh pwr amp, connect the Dart pwr and get a 3 channel amp? The added incentive if all possible without sacrificing 2 channel quality is to reduce the number or at least the size of the boxes....my sources include Soolos, EMM Labs CDSD-DCC2 and one of the early Pioneer blu ray players. For 2 channel I want the best possible outcome for sound quality within my means while for movies, or any multi channel its not as important: just need to be immersed in the movie itself.... :?

Henryhk -- Mon, 08/18/2008 - 11:04

I should add that for DAC...2 channel I use EMM Labs DCC2 and see no need to chg. So the pre-pro (if no HT bypass, sep 2 channel preamp) needs a great analogue 2 channel preamp stage but doesn;t have to be a super DAC...do need 2 HDMI outputs as I use both a plasma and screen. Currently using an external switch for the McIntosh pre which I feel is not ideal either. For movies, the blu ray player gets connected to the pre-pro.

Robert Harley -- Mon, 08/18/2008 - 13:32

I have a combined two-channel/multichannel music/home-theater system. Because I review reference-grade two-channel gear, the stereo performance must be absolutely uncompromised. Not somewhat uncompromised, but completely.

I run the left and right outputs from my AV controller (an Arcam AV9) into one of the inputs of a Spectral preamplifier. Input #3 on the Spectral can be put into bypass mode, which sets the preamp to unity gain. The Spectral's left and right outputs drive a pair of Spectral DMA-360 monoblocks. In this arrangement, the controller's left and right outputs drive the Spectral power amplifiers via the Spectral preamp.

The amplifiers drive Wilson X-2s.

The controller's center and surround outputs feed an Anthem P5 five-channel power amplifier, which drive a Wilson Watch center channel and four Revel Embrace surrounds. The controller's subwoofer output feeds a pair of JL Audio Fathom f113 subs.

The video display is a ceiling-mounted projector (Sony VPL-VW50) and motorized retractable Stewart Filmscreen Firehawk. The screen is retracted for music listening, and doesn't introduce reflective object near the speakers.

The stereo performance is completely unaffected by the presence of the multichannel electronics. In addition, the film-soundtrack performance benefits from the exemplary electronics and loudspeakers.

I hope this helps.

Henryhk -- Tue, 08/19/2008 - 07:31

Robert, first a big thank you and then just tell you i really admire your work in Absolute Sound. This gives me a lot of hope. This means I can use the prepro into the Dart pre then use the 50ohm dartzeel interconnet to the Dart pwr amp! Love it!

By the way, I really liked your review of the Magico V3 and auditioned them and cannot agree more...but ended up not purchasing them due to the local dealer was really XXXXX. I did send an email to Magico telling them of my exp as advice and never got reply. Perhaps I am too stubborn, but if I am paying mark up then the dealer should be of quality not just the product....

Robert Harley -- Wed, 08/20/2008 - 09:23

Thanks for your comments about the magazine and my V3 review. I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the dealer. I agree that high-end dealers should provide unparalleled customer service.

Henryhk -- Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:43

One speaker that I can't find any formal review but interests me greatly is the new Audiomachina pure system....appears to be quite unique in its design....has a lot of attributes that I look for, single driver for most the range, super tweeter, sub extention, small size. Hmmmm I wonder when Absolute Sound may check it out.

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