Onkyo SR502 receiver solution to 2.1 or 3.1 system?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Danny Tse, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. Danny Tse

    Danny Tse Producer

    Nov 1, 2000
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    In recent weeks, I've been thinking about replacing my Cambridge Audio A500 integrated amp. While my interest will be primarily 2 channel, I keep thinking maybe it's time for multi-channel. I was looking at the Onkyo SR502 receiver, $250 shipped at J&R, and this looks to be an economic solution. Considering my small room, this receiver will have ample power. One concern that I had was any analog>>>digital>>>analog conversion receivers do on SACD/DVD-A signals when input at their multi-channel inputs. I e-mailed Onkyo....

    This is done, apparently, through the "Direct" mode on the receiver. BTW, the receiver also allows the addition of a powered sub in this mode, making it possible for either a 2.1 or 3.1 system.
  2. John Garcia

    John Garcia Executive Producer

    Jun 24, 1999
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    To use a powered sub in with m/c inputs, you generally have to have BM done at the source, otherwise there is no sub channel. If the receiver does apply bm to the m/c inputs, then there is a high likelihood that it is digitizing the input (which I'd hope can be bypassed). I saw the 502 for the first time two days ago. Looks decent for the price.

    Why not an XR25? Should be on clearance right now.

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