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I am thinking to slowly expand my current setup to include a receiver and eventually better speakers.

Currently I have a pair of Audioengine A2's hooked up to my TV (via HDMI from my PC). I control the volume via the TV remote.

I am thinking of getting a Marantz Slimline 1403 and some "proper" speakers down the road.

My question is, can I hook up the A2 speakers to the receiver and still control the volume via the receiver's volume like I currently do via my TV?

Someone at work pointed out I would need to adjust the volume via the speaker knob when hooking them up to a receiver. I didn't really understand the explanation (something about the line out being the same or equal level?). Didn't really make much sense to me so I thought I'd clarify before pulling the trigger on this receiver.
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Should work fine using the left + right pre-amp output. There's also a headphone output which will work as well. You'll be fine.
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Cool, thanks for the clarification! thumb.gif
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Those speakers are powered, so the receiver would just be acting as the DAC and preamp. You would use a pre-out to connect the speakers, and the levels can be controlled on the receiver. So, you would set the volume knobs on the speakers to around half, and then control the pre-amp level with the receiver volume.
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Maybe that's what he meant then and I simply misunderstood.
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