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Does this have line level out so that I can send the audio to individual amps?
There's a zone 2 output. You can typically make that line-level, but I'm not sure about Yamaha.
Yes, under the drop's description, under the listing for "Extensive Connections" it shows
...and the photos of the back show the shaded RCA connections bottom center labeled "Pre Out" as well. There are also comments here in the discussion regarding the same :)
I guess the question there is can i get true 0-DB out of the pre-out, then
I'm not sure I understand the potential situation you're trying to cross off with your question here, if you can clarify... it's got optional line level pre-amp outputs for all 7.1 channels, designed for powered speakers or separate amplification.
That's one of the features that sold me on this vs. some of the other units I was considering, but more as future-proofing as it's not something I need right now.
Like, lets say I want to bi-amp my left and right front channels. I want to come out of the receiver at line level to feed either amp.
I guess what i'm asking is does it have fixed line out, as opposed to pre.
I'd check the manual http://download.yamaha.com/api/asset/file/?language=en&site=usa.yamaha.com&asset_id=67640 and see if it clarifies anything about your proposed use. I know it can handle bi-amp within the speaker outputs of receiver itself using 2 of the 7 channels, but I'm not following what significance fixed output would bring your situation as a benefit (seems that losing matched volume controls would be a bad thing).
Hope that helps!
It does help. The use case is basically for doing matched volume without having a massively expensive processor that can handle discrete bi-amping on top of 7.2.
An edge case, for sure.
1) Zone 2 can be used as line level output at full/unity gain. This would require a separate pre-amplifier or integrated amplifier to attenuate the volume.
2) The Pre-outs can technically be at full/unity gain if you increase the volume to 0dB
3) In your use-case, you could still use the pre-outs and volume match the amp's gain down to the receiver's level using it's white noise signal during audio setup. I did the same by using my center channel that's hooked up to my receiver and matched my left and right channel gain on my external amp to the same volume. This should theoretically have the same volume change across them as you increase/decrease volume on your receiver.
4) If you're using an external amp, you really don't need to bi-amp unless you're looking to put the amp in bridge mode for more power, even in this case you wouldn't use a line-level without a pre-amp/integrated amp.