4 chanel amplifier?
i listen to music only and have a two chanel eciever with a pair of kefs. but i like the sound of 4 chanel music so i would have to buy another pair of the same speakers. but where can i find a good 4 chanel amplifier without buying seperate monoblock's.
want to buy a 4 chanel integrated amp to play 2chanel music through 4 speakers
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It sounds like you are saying that you like to listen to 2 channel music with 4 speakers. I doubt if your referring to the old quadraphonic phase of long ago. Most audiophiles will tell you that what you are trying to do will destroy your sound stage and imaging. Nevertheless, what you want is what matters. I suggest you try a good surround sound receiver and use its various sound field modes or try something like the 5, 6, or 7 channel stereo mode. I don't care for any of these things but it sounds like you would and they are preferable to 2 channel through 4 speakers.
Regarding your update:
Your source will be, as you say, two channels regardless of how many speakers or amplifiers you use. If you don't want to use the special processing of a surround sound receiver to avoid extreme destruction to your imaging and sound stage, why not just get a speaker selector for impedance matching (if your receiver does not already have a "speakers 2" system) and hook up another pair of speakers??
If you are lucky enough to find something like the old Chase HTS-1 passive surround processor you can add the second pair to your current receiver and still maintain some degree of imaging and sound stage. Another option would be to get a used Pro-Logic receiver and (provided you have variable, pre-amp outs on your current receiver) hook up the second pair to it's rear channel output and use some kind of sound field processing. Nevertheless, it seems like this is not what you really want so I suggest you get the speaker selector if you don't have a speakers 2 on your current receiver. Otherwise you will need to get a preamp and two stereo amps. Those are easy to find.
- ROBERT PLv 71 decade ago
Hi there. Are you talking about 4 channel sound that was popular in the 1970s. There were various systems used to get 4 channel sound from records and tapes. They were integrated amplifiers hooked up to 4 speakers. Because there were too many formats which were incompatible the system failed (sound familiar?)
So do you want a 4 channel integrated amplifier to drive 4 speakers or do you want a 4 channel power amplifier to use with your current receiver ?
And how much are you prepared to spend ?
If you could give us that info. i'll have a look for you.
Thanks for the extra information.
.If you are going to play 4 channel "stereo" through 4 speakers it will only come out as 2 channel sound through 4 speakers.If you are going to put the other speakers behind you then the stereo image will shift from the front to somewhere else.If you make your back speakers out of phase that will create a more spacious image and separate from the front sound .Any way its worth a try.
IF YOU REALLY WAN'T TO IMPROVE YOUR SOUND GET YOUR HANDS ON A CARVER SONIC HOLOGRAM GENERATOR I HAVE ONE IN MY SYSTEM FOR MUSIC AND HOME THEATRE.WITH JUST ONE PAIR OF SPEAKERS.
- AMLv 51 decade ago
What you need is an amp with 2 or more zones, which can play zones simultaneosly. NAD, Adcom, and few others make such amps - power, integrted and recievers.