Projector: InFocus IN76;
Bespoke PC with TV card for FreeSat;
Virgin Media Tivo;
DVD Player: Denon DVD-2800II;
VCR: Panasonic NV-SV121;
Amplifier: Naim Nait XS;
Speakers: Ruark Talisman III;
Ruark Sabre III;
Ruark Dialogue One;
Turntable: VPI HW19 Junior;
CD player: Arcam CD92;
Jukebox: Bespoke PC/Arcam rDAC
I'm about to add Surround Sound into my AV setup and top of the short-list of suitable amplifiers are a Yamaha RX-A3030 and Pioneer SC-LX87. I intend to use my existing stereo amp to drive the front left and right speakers, so will only be powering three speakers directly from the AV Amp (Centre and surround left/right). I have hit on the idea, therefore, that I'd like to bi-amplify these three speakers.
Having downloaded and looked through the manuals for the two AV amps, it would seem that:
1) The Yamaha does not offer a bi-amp option for my chosen set-up; and
2) The Pioneer has to have speakers (or at least a suitable load) connected to the front left and right channels
I, therefore, may not be able to get the desired set-up with either of these amps. Would anyone with experience of either of these products, please, care to confirm or deny these points?
I also have a question about speaker cable lengths. Should the speaker cabling be:
a) The same length for all three speakers;
b) The same length for the surround speakers, but the centre channel may be different; or
c) Just what is required to reach each speaker as the auto calibration will compensate for differences?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and, thanks in advance, for any advice you may be able to give.