HT Preamp INTEGRATED with 2 channel PRE?????

I am hoping this isn't as difficult as it seems. As with most people in the world, I am trying to integrate a 2 channel system with my home theater. I am currently using
a McIntosh MX-132, fine in theater and 2 channel, but not great in either. I think the Lexicon processor are a notch above all others in HT but suck in 2 channel. I would like to use the Lexicon for HT and a good tube for 2 channel.
I will be using a nice 2 channel amp for BOTH music AND HT, and will have an additional 3 channel amp for center and surround when in that mode.

The question:


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Showing 1 response by keriadums

Actually, I've done a number of 2/5 channel combo set-ups in my system. You can use some of the newer more current tube preamps with "processor bypass" (i.e, Audio research LS16 or Sonic Frontiers LIne 1, or similar), and simply loop the 2 channels through that way. Or, I've also tried what I currently use, wich is a passive/active Pass Labs preamp, and simply put the output of the right/left channel out of the Lexicon into one of the auxilary inputs on the preamp, and do the "12 oclock" thing on the preamp,and adjust the volumes accordingly. REallly, this works just fine! You'll play around with it for a while, and you'll get it, I'm sure.

good luck