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Need advice on 2.1 system for music only

by 2ManyShoes / November 7, 2011 12:19 AM PST

I need advice on a reasonably priced 2.1 receiver for the following purposes only:

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2.1 sound
by billshea1 / November 17, 2011 4:59 AM PST

even if a receiver is built for 7.1 that does'nt mean you have to use all those channels. look for open box deals where you shop for electronics.

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(NT) I agree on a 7.1 or evev
by Dan Filice / November 17, 2011 11:13 PM PST
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To finish my post...
by Dan Filice / November 17, 2011 11:26 PM PST

Even a 5.1 receiver on sale would be perfect. Not only would it have a sub-out, but for music you can use the 6-channel stereo setting, which in my opinion, is wonderful for music because it uses all speakers AND the sub for excellent sound. For your budget you would need to find a close-out model. You may have a tough time finding a decent stereo receiver that has an iPod connection. Keep in mind that in a pinch, you can connect a iPod to any receiver using a cable connected to the headphone jack. No, you won't see the iPod menu on-screen, but it works.

As far as re-wiring a stereo receiver to connect to a sub, forget it. It's more than just connecting another speaker. It involves being able to discreetly separating the frequencies for the appropriate speakers which can't be done.

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Thanks all
by 2ManyShoes / November 18, 2011 1:10 AM PST
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I settled on a Marantz SR6005 (for $579) and a Emotiva Ultra 12 sub (clearance prices at $379). Used one of the extra channels to bi-amp my Paradigm speakers. Will set it up tomorrow--wish me luck.

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20 years? Maybe it is time.
by ahtoi / November 7, 2011 5:42 PM PST

But seriously, you think the sub will help that much..for music listening? Maybe the overture of 1812.

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Yes, I need a sub
by 2ManyShoes / November 7, 2011 8:20 PM PST

Since I'm using the system primarily for Wagner operas, yes, the sub is a big deal.

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Do you want the truth?
by Pepe7 / November 17, 2011 5:38 AM PST
In reply to: Yes, I need a sub

In that price range, the subs are crappy, so not having one, even listening to deep Wagner passages 24/7 won't mean much IME and O. You might like the results better if you focused on a pair of high quality stereo speakers instead. There are some good bargains on used stuff if you know where to look. Classical is one genre of music where the utility of having extremely good quality speakers can make a huge impact on the listener's ears.

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