Connecting Brendel power amplifier to a surround sound system
by Jacques Renaud
I purchased a Brendel Digital AV power amplifier model BR201A.(1800 Watts, 5 channels Theater surround sound, 800 Watts Subwoofer etc). My home system is a Sony Home Theater system with a 6.1 surround sound system with Cable TV (HD). The amplifier comes with a 5.1 surround speaker system.
How do I connect this amplifier system to my home system - keeping the surround sound? I will change the old speakers with the new ones.
I'm confused. It happens a lot!
When I look at the Brendel website, it tells me the BR-201 is a package with an AV receiver and speakers.
If so, then isn't your new amplifier an AV receiver rather than a power amplifier? i.e. it's a processor/preamplifier plus an amplifier (to power the speakers).
If it is, then surely you just connect your sources to this device instead of your old Sony system.
If it is just a power amplifier, then you need a processor/preamplifier to decode the audio sources - and you would connect the output of this to your power amplifier to send to the speakers.
You could only use your Sony system for processing if it has 'pre-out' outputs to connect to your power amp.
Hopefully, that made some sense!
Paul (Site Editor)
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