Connecting Seperate amps to a SR501 Onkyo.

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  1. Rogozhin

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    I found out what I'm getting for christmas (from my wife). Had to pay some hospital bills so my $800 budget has dropped to $230.

    I had my choice of A/V recievers for under $230 so I chose the Onkyo sr501 for $190.

    Now here is the dilema:

    I have 3 NAD 218THX amps that I want to run (but the Onkyo only has one preamp out-the sub. What I was thinking was running a single rca to double rca splitter off the sub out to one of the 218THX bridged-this to my Shiva 12" in custom enclosure. My question with this is if the sub output from the ONkyo is tuneable-am I going to be able to cut it off at 60hz?

    Okay Now I know I won't be able to use the other two NAD 218s but can I use one to drive my front mains if I run the audio out from the Video1 to the 218thx and then not connect the mains to the Onkyo?

    AS I am envisioning this I'll only use the Onkyo to drive the rear surrounds and the center-will this work? Will it sound worse (since I'm using a combination of integrated amp and seperates) than using just the ONKYO?

    thanks for your time fellas (and ladies).

    [​IMG]

    rogo
     
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    The entry level Onkyo seems out matched by your other equipment, but with that said, after extensive installation, testing, and eval of the Onkyo SR-501, I must say, I think it would benefit greatly from being relieved from some of it amplification duties, with external amps.
     
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    You can use speaker level to line level outputs to be able to feed these amps, however this is not ideal and since this is a recent receiver, you could proably sell it at a decent price and go pick up a 601, which I believe does have full preamp outs.

     
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    Thanks for the replies fellas.

    I decided on the HKavr225 instead of the 501.

    I'm only going to use the sub linelevel out to a 218thx and will just have to start saving (hospital bills are deadly) for either a NAD or Outlaw PRE, and will just have to live with the 225.

    I really appreciate all the feedback [​IMG]

    thanks

    rogo
     
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    John G

    I looked all over for the cheapest avr with preamp outs and it was a refurb pioneer for $300 but it was OS.

    ONkyo's 701 has the preamp outs but it is beyond my budget [​IMG]

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    Marantz SR5300 has full pre-out and can be had for $429 (refurb) from www.ac4l.com.
     
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