Originally Posted by incurablegeek
2) What's the difference between some cheapo Yamaha RX-V373 5.1-Channel AV Receiver and a much more expensive 5.1 amp?
I mention this amp only as an example. My heart is not set on Yamaha, nor this price range. I need bang for the buck.
3) I will use this system only for music
(Jazz) and therefore don't need any AV ability or a receiver as a music source.
Now a good friend of mine on OCN told me that I often give too much info in my initial inquiry or solution to someone's computer problem, and that kind of annoys people. So please forgive my initial inquiry's lack of specifics.
The difference between the Yamaha you listed and more expensive units typically are:
1) More inputs
2) Better RoomEQ programs
3) Bigger amplifier section
4) Better pre-out voltages for those using external power amps
And the Yamaha is a receiver...not a power amplifier.
Receivers are cheaper than stand-alone amplifiers due to economics of scale, receivers sell at lot more.
If you want a power amplifier(s) they are going to cost more than receivers generally.
Here is a typical power amplifier, the Emotiva XPA-5
Puts out more power than your typical receiver, weighs a whopping 76lbs, but for some people this kind of product scales well outside their cost-benefit curve.Edited by astrallite - 4/16/12 at 6:13pm