Confusion in the land of seperate stereos

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  1. NickSI

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    Alright guys and gals. ive been surfing HTF for almost a year now and i have learned a ton. but im still confused about a few things and that is seperates. amps pre-amps mono-blocks, etc these words are thrown around and ive googled each and still cant figure out what goes to where and why. i understand buying a reciever and putting in the speaker wire and the interconnects and such. but amps and integrated amps and such just confuse me. but i want to learn cause im very interested in HI-FI even though i don't have the money yet as i am in college. thanks in advance for the help
     
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    Preamp - volume control and "hub" for all your sources so you may switch from DVD to CD, etc... Has no amplifier, so you cannot get sound without a separate amp.

    Pre/pro = preamp and processor - does preamp AND signal processing/decoding (for DD, DTS, etc...). Also has no amplifiier.

    Integrated amp = preamp and amp only, no processing, generally stereo only.

    Receiver = has preamp, processing and also amplification in one unit.

    Amp - usually referrs to a separate amplifier that has no processing of any kind. Need a preamp to control volume and process any raw (digital) signals.

    Monoblock = 1 channel amp.
     
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    thanks john!! that was very comprehensive. i can hold my head high now that im informed.
     
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    Have you read the Pimer and FAQ? This is explained along with many other things, you would probably enjoy reading that as well.
     
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    Pimer [​IMG] I know it is in the primer, but I figured I could summarize pretty easily too. The Glossarry audio terminology and definitions thread might be helpful also.
     

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