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Situation:

1) I have 5 speakers - 2 front, 2 rear and Klipsch subwoofer.

2) Can anyone recommend an Amp Only (don't need all the fancy add-ons for video)?

3) Budget: $500.00

(Note: Please feel free to say "now, that's a really dumb question". I'm famous for those. thumb.gif)
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Maybe a pair of Onkyo M-282s http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-M-282-2-Channel-Power-Amplifier/dp/B000069E2V/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334614683&sr=1-6

Not too familiar with sub amps, but there are alot of them in the $50-$100 range on Amazon.

If you want something that's a single straight up 5 channel power amplifier those usually aren't really that cheap. Emotiva used to sell one for $549 (UPA-5) but no longer carry it and that's about as cheap as a 5 channel amp you can find.
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Thanks Astallite, for taking an interest in my problem. smile.gif

1) My subwoofer is the Klipsch SW-350 8-Inch 350 Watt Subwoofer (http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-SW-350-8-Inch-Subwoofer-Black/dp/B002HWRK9I/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334620588&sr=1-1)

2) My two (2) wall-mounted front speakers are Sony SS-B3000 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OG6I6A/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details)

I still need to purchase two (2) rear speakers because I moved my two large Klipsch floor standing speakers downstairs for the TV.

Now, I gave you fair-warning that I am infamous for my dumb and dumber questions: redface.gif

1) For audio quality would I be best served by 5.1 or another amp?

2) What's the difference between some cheapo Yamaha RX-V373 5.1-Channel AV Receiver and a much more expensive 5.1 amp?
(http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V373-5-1-Channel-AV-Receiver/dp/B007JF8FD8/ref=sr_1_7?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1334599853&sr=1-7)
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.
Edited by incurablegeek - 4/16/12 at 5:15pm
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Why four speakers? Did you want surround sound? A dedicated amp will require a pre amp or a receiver with pre outs.
    
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Edited by astrallite - 4/16/12 at 6:10pm
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Originally Posted by incurablegeek View Post

2) What's the difference between some cheapo Yamaha RX-V373 5.1-Channel AV Receiver and a much more expensive 5.1 amp?
(http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V373-5-1-Channel-AV-Receiver/dp/B007JF8FD8/ref=sr_1_7?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1334599853&sr=1-7)
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
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa5

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
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post #8 of 15
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Am I looking in the right direction here, since all I need to be able to do is control the 4 speakers and the subwoofer - front-back, left-right + subwoofer volume.

Denon DRA-697CI
http://usa.denon.com/us/Product/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatId=MultiroomSystemsIncommand%28DenonNA%29&PId=DRA697CI%28DenonNA%29

High end stereo I know. This mult-speaker stuff is all new to me. Sorry.
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Yeah just disable the center channel in the receiver settings menu and it will downmix any center channel material into the L/R channels.
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Astrallite, I think I may have made a complete idiot of myself in not specifying that my music source will be exclusively stereo FLAC recordings, so I will look at the Denon DRA-697CI or anything in this category..??

What I am looking for is Speaker Outputs and Not Multi-Channel, since everything I will be playing is stereo. Quite obvious, eh?

If you were me (God forgive), would you just shut the heck up and go with the Denon DRA-697CI for my 4 speaker and 1 subwoofer needs? I will contact Denon myself for their opinion of course.

Sorry to be such a PITA, but then again I did warn you ... rolleyes.gif
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