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Old 2004-12-21, 12:42 PM
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question about audio receivers

In the process of upgrading my home stereo system I've been doing a little research on receivers and I'm a little confused about something. Could someone tell me if there is a difference between a home a/v receiver and a stereo receiver?
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Old 2004-12-21, 12:46 PM
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Re: question about audio receivers

a/v means audio visual doesn't it, so it would hook up to your tv too? stereo is just the sound.

its all guesswork here on my part
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Re: question about audio receivers

But I run my tv through the receiver I have now. and the a/v receivers have tuners in them.
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But I run my tv through the receiver I have now. and the a/v receivers have tuners in them.
hmmm, i'm fresh oout of ideas. sorry
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Old 2004-12-21, 01:11 PM
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Re: question about audio receivers

The a/v receivers usually have capabilities that your stereo receiver do not have. 5.1 audio, digital inputs, surround sound etc. Todays receivers are completely different from what was available five years ago.
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Re: question about audio receivers

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The a/v receivers usually have capabilities that your stereo receiver do not have. 5.1 audio, digital inputs, surround sound etc. Todays receivers are completely different from what was available five years ago.
That's right - it'a actually getting harder to find a simple stereo receiver - although there are some really high end things out there, if you have lots of extra cash.

If, like me, you're still in the old "two speakers is all I need" world, then Onkyo, I believe still sells some really nice stereo receivers - high current amps and very low noise and harmonic distortion figures.
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Old 2004-12-21, 01:41 PM
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Re: question about audio receivers

I wouldn't waste any money on a 2 channel receiver. It's just too obsolete. You don't know what capabilities you'll want in 2 or 3 years. Find a nice, 5 channel receiver (even if you're only suing 2 channels) with matching wattage to each channel. Look for binding posts, not spring clips for the speaker wire connection. You want multiple audio and video connections. I have 2 VCR's, 1 LD, 1 DVD, TV audio and 1 CD changer hooked up to mine.

One of the coolest things about A/V receivers is the video switching capability. All of your video sources come into the receiver. VCR, satellite, DVD, whatever. Then a single video cable connects from monitor out on receiver to monitor in on TV. Then when you switch from satellite to DVD, it's one button. The unit switches the audio routing and the video routing at the same time.
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Re: question about audio receivers

Here's what I've narrowed my search down to:
a/v receivers:
Denon AVR-1705
Yamaha HTR-5750
Onkyo TX-SR601

cd players:
Denon DCM 380
Yamaha CDC 585

although I'm open to suggestions for others to look in to.
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Old 2004-12-21, 02:21 PM
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Re: question about audio receivers

i have a denon 2105 and i love it
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Old 2004-12-21, 02:28 PM
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I wouldn't waste any money on a 2 channel receiver. It's just too obsolete.
Pfffffffft. Check out a WAVAC Audio Lab SH-833........ be sure to click on the price list!
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Old 2004-12-21, 02:33 PM
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Re: question about audio receivers

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Here's what I've narrowed my search down to:
cd players: Denon DCM 380 Yamaha CDC 585

although I'm open to suggestions for others to look in to.
Look into a DVD/CD combo player. ALSO, you may want to get one that plays DVD-A and SACD. Especially if you are ever going to get a 5.1 system. Dark Side of the Moon in SACD is an experience all to it's own.
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Old 2004-12-21, 03:58 PM
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Re: question about audio receivers

Denon and Yamaha are both excellent. I've been with Denon for 4 years now.

Sorry, Jack. I forgot to add, "...for most users."

Most people don't have listening rooms or even budgets that justify a spearate pre-amp, left and right mono block amp, separate D/A converter, compact disc transit, blah, blah, blah...

Quality and multi use receivers are really the way to go for most of us. By typping that he didn't know the difference between A/V and 2 channel units, I would guess he would not be into Creek Audio, or Magnepan, or Rotel, or whatever.
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Old 2004-12-21, 04:12 PM
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Sorry, Jack. I forgot to add, "...for most users."

Most people don't have listening rooms or even budgets that justify a spearate pre-amp, left and right mono block amp, separate D/A converter, compact disc transit, blah, blah, blah...

Quality and multi use receivers are really the way to go for most of us. By typping that he didn't know the difference between A/V and 2 channel units, I would guess he would not be into Creek Audio, or Magnepan, or Rotel, or whatever.
I hear ya....just having a little fun......no WAY I'd drop that kinda jack on an amp......that's just fucking nuts! 350K on an AMP?!? For 350K it better come with a band that can play any god-damn song I want anytime!

I've been really pleased with my Sony. It's a Sony STR-GX800ES - Audio/Video reciever. 115w in Stereo and 90w Front & Center 30w rear in Surround. More on my setup
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Re: question about audio receivers

How about a turntable to go with that amp?
http://www.audiofederation.com/catalog/turntables/
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Old 2004-12-21, 04:24 PM
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Re: question about audio receivers

I used to have a hard on for Sony ES. The little mouse remote was pretty cool. Then I waited and looked around and found Denon was more to my liking.

To each their own.
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