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    I have a Sony STR-DH800 receiver and Polk Monitor 60 floorstanding speakers.

    I am interested in bi-amping since my receiver has the ability to switch to "bi-amp" mode.

    The problem I have right now is the polk monitor 60 documentation does not indicate which posts on the back of the speakers are high / low. Does it matter which post I wire to front and surround back?

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    I wouldn't bother bi-amping with a receiver, personally.

    But to answer your question, no, it doesn't matter, since it's all going to be coming from the same power source anyways, which is why i made my first statement. ;)

    Try it and see if you like it though! :)

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    Pretty sure the topmposts are for the tweeters and the bottome for the mid/woofers. I could tell a slight difference in mine. But I felt the 7.1 made more of an impact. Good luck.

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    Correct; top posts are tweeters and bottom are woofers. Give it a try as you'll never know whether it's an improvement until you do it.

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    If you have a 5.1 setup, most receivers will provide more wattage to those five speakers than when you power the fronts in bi-amp mode.

    As an example, a receiver that provides 100w per channel to five speakers will only provide about 70-75 w per channel when bi-amping. I feel this is why most people notice no difference or feel it is worse. You get less headroom when you turn up the volume.

    I would not recommend bi-amping from a receiver.

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    But it also puts all that power on just the tweeter ,and the three 5.25"s get the other power.so you take a chance on blowing a tweeter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john E View Post
    But it also puts all that power on just the tweeter ,and the three 5.25"s get the other power.so you take a chance on blowing a tweeter.
    I highly doubt you will blow a tweeter. Your eardrums will burst and your ears will probably bleed first.

    Amps don't push continuous wattage to the speakers. I would be surprised if under normal viewing conditions you throw more than 30-40 watts through your amp. The 100, 200, etc. wattage is more for the explosions during movies. I could not imagine how loud it would have to be to get your music that loud.

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    I have to agree with the above posts on this one. Bi-Amping (or Bi-Wiring to be more precise) with an AVR is not going to make that much of a difference. Like sated above, your AVR only has one power source that provides power to all your channels, hooking up a second set of wires from your Surround Back L/R terminals to your speakers isn't going to give them that much more power, nevermind doubling it. If you have the speaker wire laying around, give it a shot, but if you really want to bring your speakers to live, get an external amp. Looking at the back of your AVR, you don't have pre outs for adding an external amp, so that won't be an option for you. Enjoy your rig, and welcome to Club Polk.

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