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Effective receiver for running a 2.1 HT set-up?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by calvin_b, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. calvin_b

    calvin_b Well-Known Member

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    I'm currently looking for the best combination for a 2.1 HT set-up. No clue on the speakers yet, but they will for sure be bookshelves (furniture restriction).

    I know this is not asked very often, but what receiver will be best for powering just 2 speakers? It will be ran in the phantom mode to simulate a center.

    Any suggestions toward receivers or speakers would be helpful. I am restricted to a budget around $750 for the whole combo.

    Thanks, in advance
     
  2. gene c

    gene c Well-Known Member

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    For stereo, the common suggestions are Onkyo and Harman Kardon. For those with a higher budget, the Outlaw 2150 looks good. It has a subwoofer output with real bass management but costs $649. I'm currently drooling over their 1070 avr.
     
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    FeisalK, you just pretty much picked my receiver for me [​IMG] I was looking for a receiver that I may want to use later on when I upgrade, and as of now, all my components are silver. A smaller receiver is perfect, as well (as space is limited).

    So that Dual Amp Drive diagram you attached above isn't a specific way I have to wire it myself, it's just the way the XR55 and XR57's run the speakers, right?

    I want to understand this fully: a- you suggested this receiver because it'll drive a 2.1 set-up better than other receivers because of the way it runs in 2-channel mode, and b- since HDMI is video and audio, i need 2 HDMI cables, right? one from the source to the receiver, then from the receiver to the TV? im guessing the HDMI-capable receiver acts as a switcher for a few sources.
     
  5. FeisalK

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    Dual amp drive works without having to rewire anything - in fact it'll work even if you hook up a 5.1 but choose stereo playback (with the XR57 dual amp even works in 5.1 mode)

    but if you are running purely in 2.1 you can TRIPLE amp, but this needs bi-wiring - if your speakers support it - how-to is in the receiver manual

    Note that the XR57 isn't a switcher it has only one HDMI input and output, and cannot convert video from other inputs.

    I'm suggesting it because it sounds great - how do you feel about B&W 802Ds [​IMG]
     
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    calvin_b Well-Known Member

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    but if i were to want to run HDMI from my blu-ray player, i have to buy 2 HDMI cables, correct? source -- receiver -- tv.
     
  7. FeisalK

    FeisalK Well-Known Member

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    yes
     

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