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post #1 of 15
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I dont know if headfi is the place to post this but I am buying a surround sound system. I already have the speakers, but I just need to find a good receiver. It needs to be compatible with my astro mixamp. So it needs an optical output. I would also like it to be affordable. So I shop on eBay and amazon so recommendations for those sites would be great. Thanks.
post #2 of 15
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It has to be 5.1 can't believe I didn't mention lol
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by jad5122 View Post

I dont know if headfi is the place to post this but I am buying a surround sound system. I already have the speakers, but I just need to find a good receiver. It needs to be compatible with my astro mixamp. So it needs an optical output. I would also like it to be affordable. So I shop on eBay and amazon so recommendations for those sites would be great. Thanks.

Receivers really have no need for optical output, so I'm assuming it's rare to find a receiver with optical output.

Wondering why you need an Astro mix-amp hooked up to a receiver?

 

Yamaha receivers come with Silent Cinema, Yamaha's own Headphone Surround Sound tech.

So you could plug headphones straight into the Yamaha receiver.

post #4 of 15
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I need it so I can use most of my headsets with my Xbox and having good chat functions, etc, kinda hard to explain.
post #5 of 15
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So any suggestions? I mean I am really new to high quality audio and this should be easy for someone into this longer than I have been.
post #6 of 15
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Just on a general note, do any receivers even have optical output?
post #7 of 15
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by jad5122 View Post

Just on a general note, do any receivers even have optical output?

If they do, liable to be very expensive on a high end receiver because of such a specialized feature.

Look for other solutions to your hookup situation. For example, how do you hook up the Astro mixamp now to the 360? Can't you run HDMI to the receiver and then switch over to whatever output you are using for the mixamp when you need it? Sorry. I know nothing about Xboxes. I have a PS3. biggrin.gif
post #9 of 15
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Yeah it gets really complicated. But I think there is a work around if I use an optical splitter. So, I don't need that optical output anymore, but do you have any recommendations for an affordable receiver anyways?
post #10 of 15
What make/model speakers and sub do you have? What is your budget for a receiver?
post #11 of 15
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Well I just bought a onkyo 5300 5.1 speaker set with sub included for 80 bucks online with no receiver. Now I just need to buy a receiver and speaker wire :)

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Well I just bought a onkyo 5300 5.1 speaker set with sub included for 80 bucks online with no receiver. Now I just need to buy a receiver and speaker wire :)

Amazon has a used Yamaha RX-671 A/V receiver for $215 (new is currently $440).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004QR56SE/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

post #13 of 15
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That looks like a good receiver, but I wish it was more affordable for me. I am looking to buy an onkyo ht-r390. I can get a good deal on it probably under 150 on eBay
post #14 of 15
Check accessories4less.com. They have factory refurbished/factory warrantied Denons and Onkyos.
post #15 of 15
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Wow I feel really stupid. That speaker set I bid on didn't even include the subwoofer. So now I need a whole surround system. Thanks for the help guys I will start a new thread.
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