New guy needs some help :) Audioengine P4 speakers and which HTIB receiver ?

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  1. Aras

    Aras Auditioning

    Jul 10, 2012
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    Hi everyone,
    I recently bought a pair of Audioengine P4s which are passive speakers for a small room setup. I'm planning to buy a compact all in one receiver (must be less than 3.5" thick and 11"deep) to run these speakers. I really like Sony bdv-e390 HTIB system. I can basically buy that and salvage the sony speakers. However I noticed that Sony uses propitiatory speaker connections with that receiver. My first question is how can I connect Audioengine P4s to this particular Sony receiver ? Second question is, in case 1st option is a NO go, are there other HTIB receivers which use universal speaker connections ? Thanks in advance
  2. Martino

    Martino Supporting Actor

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    Most HTIB systems with priority speaker connections are not designed to be used with anything else than the speakers they come with. Those speakers are usually cheap plastic ones to keep down on the price. Also with an all in 1 unit - if something goes wrong, you have to throw out the whole unit.
    as for your requirement:
    Even with the HTIB system mentioned - if you are going to shove it in that tight of a space, you are going to be running into heating issues. Receivers generate heat - and it needs to go somewhere...
    It looks like you bought a nice pair of speakers first - always a good start. You mentioned having 1 pair of speakers only for a bedroom system - so you can save some money and go with a stereo receiver instead of a 5.1 or 7.1 system.
    That small of a space is a tall order for a stand alone receiver. There is a "slim line" of Marantz receivers - but even these are 4.06" high...
    You did not give a budget amount - but the speakers you bought go for $250.00 a pair.
    If you are only going to be running 2 speakers - may go with a stereo receiver instead and save some money....something like this:
    Onkyo TX-8255 50 watts 2 channel Stereo Receiver - $99.99!specifications
    17 1/8" x 5 7/8" x 13 3/8" (435 x 149 x 340 mm)
    If you are planning on some day adding the extra center, back and sub to this system - and still need a slim profile - something like this would work:
    MARANTZ NR1402 Slimline 5.1ch AV Receiver w/HDMI & 3D-ready - $299.99
    Dimensions: 17.31" W x 4.06" H x 14.56" D!specifications

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