A newbie question: what does pre-outs mean and what is so important about it?

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  1. Tony Yang

    Tony Yang Auditioning

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    I am currently looking at two receivers: denon avr-1602 and onkyo TXDS494. It says onkyo one does not have pre-out. Is that right?
     
  2. AbelM

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    Tony:

    Yeah I don't think the 494 has pre-outs, but the 595 does, I think. The pre-outs (which I just learned from here the other day) are simply used to connect your receiver with an amp.
     
  3. Scott-C

    Scott-C Supporting Actor

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    The pre-outs on a receiver allow it to be used as a processor in conjunction with separate amplification. You'll find many people that start with a receiver and decide to move to separates (dedicated processor/controller and amplifiers), and some prefer to add amplification but don't want to purchase a separate processor.

    Hope this helps!
     
  4. Tony Yang

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    AbelM, thanks for confirming it.

    Scott-C, now I have better idea what I should do.
     
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    the 595 does NOT have pre-outs btw. i own one and that's one of the few things i'm really missing.

    Tony- the Denon is far superior to the 494. go with the 1602.
     
  6. Larry B

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    Tony:

    Just to elaborate a bit on what everyone Scott said:

    In a receiver, the flow of informtion is (1) processor, (2) pre-amp, and (3)amplifier, in that order. (Note that in the case of music only, you could bypass the processor if you used the DACs in your CD player. In this case, an analogue signal, rather than digital, would enter the receiver and go directly to the pre-amp.) The "pre-outs" on the receiver allow you to send the information from the pre-amp to an EXTERNAL amp, thereby bypassing the amplifier inside the receiver. In this case, you are using the receiver as a preamp-processor.

    Hope that helps.

    Larry
     
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