Noob Question Difference B/W Amp & Pre-Amp

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  1. Dingiswayo

    Dingiswayo Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm sure this is a one-sentence answer, but what's the difference between an amp and a pre-amp?

    I just got the NHT Classic 3 bookshelves to match the NHT Classic 3C center I got last week and to my dismay my Onkyo TX-SR604 receiver cannot power them past a certain level (even set to small). So either I sell them, which is an option, or I get an amp (or pre-amp, hence the question). They sound great though, but the 87dB sensitivity hurts my poor receiver. Thanks.

    matt
     
  2. Alex Prosak

    Alex Prosak Supporting Actor

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    An amp powers your speakers and the preamp does the processing. You need an amp, your receiver should have all the preout connections you need.
     
  3. JeremyErwin

    JeremyErwin Producer

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    Actually, you need both.

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    It only has pre-outs for the Subwoofer.
     
  4. Alex Prosak

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    Oh that sucks. I figured an Onkyo receiver would've had preouts for all channels. Guess that's what I get for assuming.
     
  5. JeremyErwin

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    For what it's worth, neither do the low to midrange Denons.
     
  6. Dingiswayo

    Dingiswayo Stunt Coordinator

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    Yeah, that does suck. But that's what I get for buying the bargain-basement priced receiver. Maybe I'll go back to that "I hate Onkyo" thread and post there.

    Thanks guys.
     

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