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Yamaha A-S700 oddity! (BiAmp)

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I just got a Yamaha A-S700 integrated Amplifier. I have yet to hook it up (waiting for my speakers to arrive). In reading the Yamaha instructions I found a "BI" hookup for the speaker listed in the instructions. This was the first I had heard of this. It is where you separate the speaker's tweeter/midrange from the woofer and drive each with its own amplifier. The instructions tell you how to do it. You remove the shunting bar on the speaker and run separate wires to each part of speaker for a side (left or right). So Speaker "A" out drives the tweeter/midrange and Speaker "B" out drives the woofer. Sounds good!

But there's a rub. I found the schematic on the internet as part of the Service Manual and there are two Amplifiers, left and right. The Speaker A and B are connected to a switch from the amp for a side which make the BI connection meaningless. The removed speaker shorting bar is replaced inside the amp! The A and B speaker terminals are for local and remote speaker control: A on, B on, both A and B on, or both off. There can be no improvement in performance from a BI connection to the speakers on this amp.

I think it a little disingenuous for Yamaha to try to fool users into thinking they are doing something special when they hook up the speakers BI when it only allows the tweet/ midrange and the woofer to be turned off and on separately. That's not even a usable idea.

Did I miss something?

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Read up on biamplifying your speakers. This is really something that is designed for a very high class speaker and amp combination and usually means nothing for "regular" equipment, but it is marketing. Some people believe that this may improve the sound because you're using the B or 7.1 (instead of 5.1) speaker connections to drive separate parts of speakers, but honestly it does very little unless you're spending thousands per speaker or amp section and, as you say, unless the amps are truly separate (as they are in some cases).
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