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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Mark Fitzsimmons

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Posted May 18 2006 - 04:07 PM

I need a stereo receiver. I'm going to be feeding it with the line out from my computer's sound card. I have an audigy 2 zs. I'm planning on buying used, so it doesn't have to be a currently produced model. In fact, it would probably better if it were a few years old so that I could get a better price. I'm going to be using it to drive JBL studio series (s26) bookshelf speakers and am also going be employing my DIY adire tempest sub.

Requirements:
Must have preamp outputs so I can add an external amplifer for the mains at a later time.
Must have a subwoofer output.
There must be a crossover so that the mains won't be running at full range when I'm using my subwoofer.
I like my music loud so this thing should have headroom.

Thanks for reading my post.
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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Sami Kallio

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Posted May 19 2006 - 06:29 AM

I don't know for sure but finding one with crossover might be the hardest part. Your sub amp doesn't have crossover?

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted May 19 2006 - 07:55 AM

Price range?

Check out the Outlaw RR2150.
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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Mark Fitzsimmons

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Posted May 19 2006 - 12:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sami Kallio
I don't know for sure but finding one with crossover might be the hardest part. Your sub amp doesn't have crossover?

The sub amp has a crossover yes, but I'll need a way to prevent the mains from running at full range.
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#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Mark Fitzsimmons

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Posted May 19 2006 - 01:02 PM

Quote:
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Price range?

Check out the Outlaw RR2150.

I'd like to keep it under $200. (used prices)
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#6 of 9 OFFLINE   FeisalK

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Posted May 19 2006 - 08:29 PM

Mark,

you could connect speakers via the high level input/output on the sub to use the sub xover and prevent the mains from running full-range.

I had a NAD705 (bought used, about $90) that sounded reasonably good

Do you really need a receiver though (with tuner) won't a stereo integrated amp do?

so, on the unmentionable, unlinkable world famous auction website, look in
Consumer Electronics > Home Audio > Amplifiers > Integrated Amplifiers
>
DVD-A registry for hirez/surround audio
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#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Mark Fitzsimmons

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Posted May 20 2006 - 01:47 AM

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Mark,

you could connect speakers via the high level input/output on the sub to use the sub xover and prevent the mains from running full-range.

I had a NAD705 (bought used, about $90) that sounded reasonably good

Do you really need a receiver though (with tuner) won't a stereo integrated amp do?

so, on the unmentionable, unlinkable world famous auction website, look in
Consumer Electronics > Home Audio > Amplifiers > Integrated Amplifiers

I won't be using the tuner so an intergrated amp would be suitable. I've been looking at receivers instead of integrated amps because receivers are normally cheaper.
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#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted May 20 2006 - 03:50 AM

You won't find a stereo receiver with a crossover in your price range.

I hope it doesn't break any HTF rules, but I must tell you that I have a really nice stereo receiver that fits all your other requirements for sale here in the "For Sale" forum. Here is the thread if you're interested.
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#9 of 9 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted May 21 2006 - 04:00 AM

There aren't any inexpensive integrateds that have a sub out that I know of. You CAN use the speaker level outs to give the sub signal, however nearly all subs have a fixed high pass for the speaker level outs. It is a minor detail, but the sub pre-out on stereo receivers is full range normally, no crossover - not a problem as long as the sub has one. If that will work for you, an integrated amp would definitely be the way I would go, though you may not find many under $200 - the NAD C320BEE and Marantz PM7000 should be around $250 to maybe $300 max used.

I've used the Onkyo stereo receivers and they are pretty decent, and I've heard nothing but good things about the H/Ks.
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