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  1. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    So the new house has built-in speakers (ex-sub) that I want to start using. To do so, I need help identifying which receiver to get. My end goal is to have the receiver be the center point of my a/v to make my life easier.

    Current specifics:
    - Xbox 360
    - Cable box
    - Chromecast
    - Firestick
    - Vizio E470VL
    - 5.1
    - Ability to receive broadcast from my phone for Pandora or other audio

    I want to do everything in the simplest way possible. As I see it, I need a receiver that has/does:
    - 4 HDMI inputs and one out.
    - 5.1 capability
    - Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capability

    I'm not an audiophile, so I don't need anything knock your socks off good, jist something that gets it done and is reasonably priced. Any suggestions welcomed.
     

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    Whats the budget? Are the speaker wires stripped/bare metal or do they have a connector at the end?
     
  3. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    A receiver is one component in a system. Do you have any information on the speakers? It is important to match the power of the amp to the speaker. Solid state amplifiers become rather nonlinear at higher percentages of their peak power. If your speakers have a low sensitivity (85db/watt) you may want to go with a 200 watt or larger amp. For that sized amp 100 watt output may sound great but there could be a fair bit of distortion at 180 watts. If your speakers have high sensitivity (97db/watt) you can use a much smaller powered amp and not push it into the range where it will cause distortion. The decibel scale is logarithmic so a speaker with a 3 db lower sensitivity will actually require twice as much power to produce similar volume levels. A 85db/watt speaker will require 12 times as much power to achieve the same volume as a 97db/watt speaker.
     
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    KenW449 something stupid

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    When you are not shit posting, you are very helpful.
     
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  5. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    He's just making all that shit up. :D
     
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    Westy the teste

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    It is all an elaborate setup to tell Stoney to try it now/add moar shimz/does it come it rootbeer/monocle/VANOS///M-Factor/SIUP/Bacon/Loco Sucks/Is there a freeride version.
     
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  7. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Receiver: https://smile.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-...ast-Receiver/dp/B06XY9J6BQ/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

    Figure out your optical cable from TV to receiver business for the Chromecast and Fire Stick, or plug them into the receiver itself.

    14 ga wire from Monoprice. Enough banana plugs for the receiver side (likely 10--sub probably RCA), wall plate side (10), speaker side (10).
     
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  9. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Ordered the one Toshi found. I managed to get a speaker out: http://www.inwallstore.com/Ceiling_Theater_Package_Kevlar_Titanium_7_1_p/hd650atheater71.htm He took two and set them up as a second zone.

    I also got a Polk sub while I was at bestbuy getting the receiver (open box, way cheaper). I got this for $100 on sale https://www.bestbuy.com/site/polk-audio-psw-series-10-active-subwoofer-black/9154073.p?skuId=9154073

    I need to use a Wi-Fi sub setup because of my power outlet limitations.

    If any of the Denver area monkeys want to buy a Vizio sound bar with wireless surround and sub for cheap, let me know. My basement will be continuing to run off the Sony system so my Vizio will go unused now.
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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    details, please.
    I'll trade you a freshly tuned snowboard.
     
  11. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Wait, so you have 5.1 + another zone? Or someone else does? If you have a second zone then you need a slightly higher model receiver. If not then that 5.1 one will work fine.
     
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    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    It's in the same open space kitchen & family room. I doubt I'll be using both at the same time.
    How about this unit? Came across it about 5min after I ordered the other one: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FA9g5oI1cQiZtn3v1

    This is the inside of the closet: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EPEfvEypSsuw3iAI2
     
  13. jstuhlman

    jstuhlman We noticed.

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    wire shelving? the monocle return receptacle is on your left on the way out, son.
     
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  14. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Yeah, something like that. That's similar to what I have with different model names for the year: can run 7.2 or 5.1 + 2 channel zone B, and both are independent of each other (can have AirPlay in Zone B and a Blu-Ray on Zone A).
     
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    Vacuum tubes amp needed for a proper monocle status.
     
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    I run a DIY tube amp for the stereo in the basement, for pocket protector status.

     
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    Cool albeit lacking on brushed aluminum. I only run toobs in guitar equipment, I am too cheap and in the world of bluetooth and YT playback for proper hifi isht. But one day, I might build a kit, too.
     
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    It definitely has a warm playful sound, especially when matched with my old set of giant Technics speakers.

    Seriously considering a tube phono pre-amp for my nice upstairs system, sadly no reasonably priced DIY kits that I could find.
     
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    :panic:

    (i am just shiposting here as I cannot do it in the DH forum anymore)
     
  20. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    What... does Technics not make decent hifi any more? My receiver from 1988 finally shit the bed a couple years back.
     
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    IIRC, the running joke in my neck of the woods was that Technics was a monocle brand - all about the looks (screw the audio qualities).

    When I was young and as stupid as today, I never had enough $$ to afford one so I have no direct experience, but my nerdy friends favoured NAD, Pioneer or Marantz.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Odd... it was definitely cheaper than those options back when I bought mine. Fuck - I think I bought it at Sears. :confused: It was a LONG time ago, so I may be misremembering all of it.
     
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    I for one welcome your fecal contributions.

    The Technics were purchased by my older brother when he got his job at IBM post college graduation circa 1988.