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Hey guys I currently have a HTPC setup running Plex and the computer is connected to a Pioneer vsx-1022 receiver running a 5.1 setup. Currently I have Polk Monitor 70's as the left and right channels, a Polk CS2 center channel, a Klipsch RW-12d subwoofer, and two old Sony speakers as rears. I think the setup is good but I feel like it could be better. A friend of mine suggested that an amp may be the way to go. Do you guys agree and if so, do you have any recommendations?

Of course since this is an HTPC, it's main uses are TV shows and movies.
I'm basically doing this because I have a couple of weeks off and I need some sort of a project to stay busy with.

Any feedback is appreciated, thanks!
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Do you feel your receiver doesn't give the speakers enough power (aka is it loud enough)? I wouldn't personally suggest an amp after a receiver as the receiver has a built in amp so you're just raising the output volume a second time creating even more distortion.

How is the receiver getting audio? Is it through digital audio? 3.5mm jacks? RCA? If its through the on board sound card then you might want to get a dedicated sound card, if its digital or through hdmi then that won't change anything
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Oh it's definitely loud enough so I I guess an amp is not the answer and yes the sound is digital. So if I wanted to get better sound quality, would a better receiver be the only answer?
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Better receiver or better speakers are your two options
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Ah I gotcha. I do plan on going all out on a home theater system in the near future so I might just hold out till then. Thanks for the advice thumb.gif
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You will need a separate amp if you were to use power hungry speakers or if you wanted to go with a separate processor and separate amp(s). Going the route of a separate processor and amp(s) gives the flexibility of upgrading the processor in the future while being able to keep your amp. There is also the decision of going with a single channel or multi-channel amp in order to power your speaker setup. So if you are going to go all out in the future for your home theatre use what you have now then invest into dedicated home theatre equipment later.
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You need a receiver with RCA pre-amp outputs or a dedicated pre-amp just to run an amp. The OP's receiver doesn't have that.
    
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You will need a separate amp if you were to use power hungry speakers or if you wanted to go with a separate processor and separate amp(s). Going the route of a separate processor and amp(s) gives the flexibility of upgrading the processor in the future while being able to keep your amp. There is also the decision of going with a single channel or multi-channel amp in order to power your speaker setup. So if you are going to go all out in the future for your home theatre use what you have now then invest into dedicated home theatre equipment later.

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You need a receiver with RCA pre-amp outputs or a dedicated pre-amp just to run an amp. The OP's receiver doesn't have that.

Hey guys, if I were to invest about 2500 into a 5.1 system, what receivers, amps, and speakers would you recommend? I might also get front height speakers but thats an optional extra.


EDIT: This would mainly be for movies and TV shows.
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I still have pair of Polk Monitor 70's and a CS2 center in my bedroom. Only running 2.0 with a Harman Kardon HK 3490 receiver though.

I could offer tips if you would like stay with Polk speakers. Tell us what is lacking in your HTPC. Also what is the size of your room?
    
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