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Upgradable receivers

by uglypedro / May 14, 2011 3:10 AM PDT

What do I look for in a surround sound receiver so that I can add an AMP in the future. I have a Klipsch 52 center (with a pair of matching floors coming soon.) and it seems few receivers (with internal amps) have the juice these speakers want.

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Usually this means buying separates
by Pepe7 / May 14, 2011 11:47 AM PDT
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If you are seeking to utilize a dedicated amp, I would look at separates. If you feel that's too pricey, you could always buy an entry level surround receiver off the shelf (Onkyo, Sony, etc.) and sell it later on.

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What about a receiver that has pre-out?
by Dan Filice / May 14, 2011 3:05 PM PDT

My Yamaha receiver has pre-outs on it. Many other receivers do too, like Denon, Onkyo, etc. This allows the receiver to be used with a separate amp and will then do all of the receiver things except the amp function.

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Right- my bad
by Pepe7 / May 15, 2011 12:34 PM PDT

That option of utilizing a receiver with a pre-out function is certainly on the table. Perhaps I incorrectly read a little too much into the OP as having a desire to dip into the audiophile side of the spectrum down the road.

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pre-out receiver
by bearvp / May 15, 2011 11:51 PM PDT

The features offered in Denon/Onkyo/Pioneer/etc. for receivers tend to out-pace the features offered in the separate processors too. With Denon/Onkyo I know most of their receivers have ethrenet network connections these days whereas most quality separate processors of similar cost do not have network connections yet.

It can be cost effective to buy a receiver to serve as your processor these days. Also, many separate amps only have 5 channels, so buying a receiver to serve as your processor can expand your home theatre to 7+ channels (plus Zone 2/3 functionality).

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