A/V Receiver connections for stereo music applications

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  1. John_Kiger

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    I'm shopping for a reasonably good A/V Receiver with the idea that it may replace my existing music stereo receiver. I now have two 8 ohm bookshelf speakers connected to it. My question is, what speakers will the A/V receiver use when I play stereo apps, such as a CD changer, through the new A/V Receiver? Will it use the sub designated for surround sound? Or would I have to have a separate purpose sub wired with the two stereo speakers? Could a sub be safely connected both ways? Does that depend on which receiver I wind up getting? The stereo music bit is still important to me. My budget for this piece is < $600. Wife only okayed DVD player so I can't go nuts just yet. Thanks!

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    Every receiver should have a 2-channel mode for those who want their 2-channel sources pure unadulterated. Some have a "direct" or "passthrough" mode that skips all processing, including the crossover that filter off low frequencies for the subwoofer.

    You'll need to take a close look at specific models and learn how they handle various situations. But what you're looking for shouldn't be hard to find.

    M.
     
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  4. John_Kiger

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    Thank you, I'll search with those things in mind. This is a great forum you have created.

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    Regarding the subwoofer, there are two ways you can connect a sub into a HT receiver. You can either (1) connect the subwoofer via the line level subwoofer pre-amp output on the receiver and connect your bookshelf speakers directly to the speaker level outputs of the receiver, or (2) connect the L/R main speaker outputs from the receiver to the speaker level inputs of the subwoofer, and then connect the speaker outputs of the sub to the two bookshelf speakers.

    In situation #1, your receiver will perform the crossover from the sub to the L/R speakers. In situation #2, the subwoofer's internal crossover is used. If you select a receiver with a crossover frequency that mates well with the frequency response of your speakers, situation #1 is the simplest way to connect everything.

    Some receivers now offer an adjustable crossover frequency to allow for better matching of speakers, subs and crossovers.
     

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