Question about Pioneer Audio Players & Recorders
I don't get radio, cd or tv sound, but the lights are on
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I think you mean Pioneer VSX-D409.
Since the two receivers are similar and capable of driving everything else in the room, I guess you want to treat one receiver like a basic amp, like for a passive subwoofer, right?
However, still guessing your intent...
The VSX is a basic 5-channel amp (5 x 100w) but only has digital multichannel inputs. It has optical and coaxial digital inputs and an optical digital output.
The Sherwood has coaxial and optical digital inputs and no digital output, but it has analog inputs, so it would be easier to selectively use any or all of its amplifiers, which are about the same as the Pioneer's (gotta read the fine print - Sherwood uses a 6-ohm load instead of 8-ohm to get the numbers).
Choose the one you like to use for the control (master). Run its Sub Out to the other receiver's AUX input using an RCA splitter to feed both input channels. Attach the sub to one set of front speaker terminals. Configure theat receiver for NO SUB so it won't steal LFE from theis channel. Designate the FRONT speakers as Large.
Setup would be tricky because you have to choose a volume setting on the slave amp and stick with it. It might get changed after you set the levels and negate the setup efforts. OTOH, you would have the flexibility to change it independently if desired.
My $.02... If subwoofer power is all you need, why not just get a nice Carver 2-channel amp on eBay (2x100w would suffice), bridge it to 200 watts and blow the house up, figuratively? Then you could redeploy or sell the unused receiver.
Posted on Jan 19, 2010
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