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Inexpensive Used Receiver

  1. MidwestAtty

    I am looking for a three-channel (LRC) + sub receiver for a basic "front-only" theater setup. I will buy used or new, but I don't need 35 channels and "streams from anywhere on Earth" capabilities that seem inherent in many of the bleeding-edge receivers. Any thoughts?

  2. Monsterzero
    You want to use it for music only or music+TV?
  3. MidwestAtty
    TV and Music.
  4. Monsterzero
    Most if not all of the AVRs will re-route audio signals to the front channels if it detects that no surround speakers are attached,so it really boils down to your budgetary constraints.

    FWIW I much prefer old(pre 1980)amps and receivers for music vs. new stuff.
  5. ProtegeManiac Contributor
    No such thing as a 3ch receiver. Maybe some really old 4ch Dolby Pro Logic receivers from the Laserdisc era but these have no HDMI to work with modern sources and HDTVs.

    Also if you won't use the surround channels you might as well ditch the Center channel. To use the Center channel you have to set the sound settings to 5.1, which means the rear channels from your source to the receiver have no speakers to go to and whatever was supposed to come out of there will just be left out completely. If you just use 2ch then all the sound that is in there comes out of the 2channels, they're just not coming out of speakers in other positions.

    Depending on the sources you use you can either get whatever entry level receiver you see at a local retailer if modern HDMI protocols are important with the receiver acting as a hub. If not then you can use an older integrated amplifier that has an external connection from its preamp stage to amplifier output stage, hook up a splitter RCA plug, and then run short RCA cables from the preamp output to the amplifier output stage and then a longer run of cables to the subwoofer. Alternately, if you'll use a plain 2ch integrated amplifier, you can just get a subwoofer that has high level (speaker output) input with a pass through so you can hook up the amplifier's speaker output to run through the sub so it can get a signal from that. Either way the integrated amplifier's preamp controls the subwoofer.
  6. MidwestAtty
    ProtegeManiac - if you have time, can you give me an example of equipment for each setup? I'm just curious.
  7. ProtegeManiac Contributor
    Surround - Yamaha RX-V4xx series receiver, Polk Audio RTi A3 (2x pairs) front and rear, Polk Audio CSi A4 center, Polk Audio

    Stereo - NAD D3020 and Elac Debut F5
  8. MidwestAtty
    PM - thank you very much! I have mid-range JBL Northridge speakers, so those will work for a start.

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