We will be moving into a new home, and a recent bout of upgrade-itis had me purchasing a Pioneer elite SC-67 receiver and the following speakers for a 7.1 setup:
Surround: FXiA4 (2 pairs)
Subwoofer: SVS P-1000
Bi-amping, bi-wiring, and all that jazz
There seems to be a lot of confusion over these terms, which leaves me confused. Some folks on the Internet remove the gold bridge on the front speakers and then wire, say, the receiver front channel to the bottom posts and the front height channel to the upper posts. I thought this is bi-wiring, not bi-amping. Wouldn't bi-amping imply that you run one of the outputs--or both--to a separate power amplifier? Or are these terms identical? Speaking of which, if you are going to add a power amplifier, why not use the pre-outs on the AV receiver instead of bi-amping?
The SC-67 is rated at 140 watts per channel. Having not hooked anything up yet, I'm not sure whether the SC-67 has ample power for these speakers (especially the fronts). I am considering a separate power amplifier.
I am looking at the Emotiva XPA-5, which offers 5 channels. Now the SC-67 has a white and red pre-out connector for the front channel (white and red, respectively). The input for the XPA-5 has a single input plug for each channel. Does this imply that I would wire the left front connector to one XPA-5 channel, the right front to channel 2, the left front height to channel 3, and so on? Or would I need some type of Y-connector to do this? Is there even a point to running the front height channels to a power amp, or can the SC-67 handle these without issue?
My questions probably indicate my level of confusion on these topics.