Clarification: I don't want to replace amps just configure them to best suite the system.
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Jack, i ran a Yamaha M-80 for a short period of time and found the meters to be extremely "loose". According to them, i was constantly hitting 500+ watt peaks at very reasonable listening levels. I would disregard the meters completely and go by what your ears tell you. For the record, i found this to be a very solid amp for the money. It actually embarrased a Bryston 4B that i had just gotten back from their U.S. service facility. Sean
JKphoto, I think Sean answered the question about the yamaha meters. Should I necassarily have the most powerful amp running the lows on my main speakers? or should I run the most powerful amp to the highs and midrange. Or should I try to use the best quality amp for highs and midrange and forget the power thing all together?
If it were your system, which amp would you put where?
JFlood - sounds like the issue(s) may be with the meters and not the setup as I began to query about. To answer the other questions, in general, larger power to the bottom, better sounding to the top. Sounds like that is what you have done. Other issue that raises is how do you balance the output from both amps - they may have different input sensitivities and have to be equalized. Also I am not familiar with the speakers ... do you need some sort of external crossover to accomplish the bi-amping?