Receiver as preamp questions?

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  1. James Slade

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    What happens when I use a receiver as a preamp? I am considering doing this in my new system. I want good sound for sure but receivers have features and are cheap. If a decided to go surround later it would really be cheaper!

    If you use a receiver this way and only use the pre-outs are the amps running (drawing current)?
     
  2. Craig_Kg

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    Voltage is produced across the amplifier outputs but only a miniscule amount of current will flow through the circuits since the outputs are open circuit.

    Basically, it's like revving a car in neutral vs when in gear (with lower losses).

    I'm a big fan of using receivers as a prepro (and using a preamp for the front channels so stereo can bypass the receiver/prepro).
     
  3. ChrisWiggles

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    "What happens when I use a receiver as a preamp? I am considering doing this in my new system. I want good sound for sure but receivers have features and are cheap. If a decided to go surround later it would really be cheaper!
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    What caught me was the "if i decided to go surround later."

    Are we talking a stereo receiver that you will then want to use in a surround system? As this is pretty impossible to do. That being said, a modern receiver with the appropriate pre-outs should work fine as a preo/pro.
     
  4. James Slade

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    Surround receiver with pre-outs etc. being considered. I want something that sounds good, wattage is no issue as the amps will never be used. Second after sound would be flexibility as a desired trait. Any adeas?
     
  5. Dan Driscoll

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    What's your budget? Under $1K there are a number of good receivers that would work well as a pre-pro from Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo, Marantz, etc. What configuration do you want and what features are an absolute requirement?
     

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