Use of RCA Y Splitters?

Anyone had any experiences (good or bad) in using RCA Y splitters at the pre-amp output to go to two power amps?

Worked for me. No problem at all....


Some cable manufacturers will make up y cables, two full cables terminated in one RCA at the pre-amp end. Best way to go, IMO.
Yes, I was looking at the Audioquest M-22-F/FLX Y-Adapters which appear to do this.

Some other posts suggest that the best method is to use an active crossover which is probably the 100% solution, but wondered if the Y cable solution is "good enough" for most.
the use of an active c-over would be appropriate if you wanted to use two diff amps to horizontally bi-amp AND neither one had any gain control. when I vertically bi-amped with two identical amps (of course they would have to be to vertically bi-amp) I used Y cables. The advantage of y cables over a y adapter is that you eliminate a pair of cable junctions.
Please explain vertical and horizontal bi amping? What if the amps are NOT the same?

I just went through a negative experience with the Y-splitters when I added a powered subwoofer to my system. I first tried a Monster Cable Y-splitter and heard, to my surprise, significant losses of depth and fine transient information. Same problem with the AudioQuest and Dayton Electronics splitters. The solution: my main amp has dual inputs, single-ended and balanced. So I use the single-ended connection uninterrupted from preamp to amp, then I use an XLR-to-RCA adapter on the balanced amp connector to daisy-chain the signal out to my subwoofer amp. IOW, the balanced amp input can also serve as an output passthrough for the preamp signal. The signal to the main amp remains unmolested.
I've used Y splitters in the past and haven't noticed adverse performance; although I didn't perform any kind of an a/b test to scrutinize it. In my current home theater I'm running vertical biamping using Eagle 4 amps that have a jumper soldered internally between the RCA inputs. So one interconnect plugged into either RCA input on the amp drives both channels. This has worked nicely and in my mind is cheaper and probably the more electrically direct than Y splitters. Of course you have to get over the fact you're modifying the amp (mine was done by the mfg).
Should work fine. Many preamps with two pre-outputs are really just split inside instead of outside with Y adapters.
Thanks for all the input. Would there be an issue if the amps were not the same, i.e, not the same power output?
The preamp is sending a signal out. It should not really matter what is on the receiving end. You're talking about the output end of the amps. Should have no effect on the preamp in any case.
No, I was wondering about the effects of bi-amping with two different amps.
Wouldn't you be wiring the 2 amps in parallel, and therefore, be reducing the input impedance of both amps?
Yes, the equivalent impedance as seen by the pre-amp output would be reduced.
Don't assume reducing the output will be bad..