Amplifiers

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  1. Aron

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    Whats the differences between a regular Amplifier, Integrated Amplifier, Preamplifier, and A/V Amplifier?

    I'm probably gonna get a pair of BMW N802 or ML Odyssey soon. Any idea what kind of setup will work best? I heard Classe is good, but what model and wattage will I need? Should I get a 5 channel or 2 channel? If I get a 2 channel, can I upgrade in the future so I can set it up for Home Theater use later on?

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    hopefully i don't blow this:

    amplifer: the plain black box. you hook the speakers up to it. it's job is to amplify a signal given to it from another source (typically a pre-amp).

    pre-amp: the component with the volume knob and the selector switches. it's job is to control the volume and switch between various playback devices: cd, tuner, phono, dvd, etc.

    integrated-amp: combines amplifier and pre-amp into one box. usually means there's no on-board tuner. don't see too many of them these days.

    pre-pro: more common these days. it combines a pre-amp with the processing needed to decode various sound formats such as dolby digital, dts, various 6.1 formats, dolby pro-logic2, etc.

    receiver: an "all-in-one" box. it contains all of the above in one box.

    there's various trains of thought on what combination of amps works best. some like the 5-channel since it's all in one box. others like a 3-channel up front, 2-channel in rear. others are saying two 3-channels are a good idea for future 6.1 expansion, etc.
     
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