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Connecting 2 stereo amplifiers using one as a preamp and the other as a booster

How do I interconnect two amplifiers to use one as a preamp and one as a booster for my rear speakers? I have a Pioneer VSX 454 with surround sound. I want to hook up a Marantz 1060 to boost the sound to my rear speakers.

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I would take from the tape out of the pioneer and feed into the aux input of the marantz you will then have to adjust the volume levels on each amp as required

Posted on Oct 29, 2007

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