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I'm going to be getting a pair of Paradigm Mini Monitor Bookshelves, so ill have to get a receiver/amp for them, i'd like to keep the price to $200 and under, so right now im looking for something decent in this price range but have no experience with receivers to know what is and isn't good, i'd also like to try out a vintage receiver if there is anything decent that can power the speakers.

So i would like some help in picking out a receiver(vintage if possible) to go along with the speakers.

Thanks.
Edited by mrsmiles - 3/30/11 at 6:13pm
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How about the Yamaha mini receiver at newegg, it's 130 shipped with the code? I think there's a thread on it in online deals. Oh nvm maybe, forgot the vintage req.
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Originally Posted by tsm106;12938199 
How about the Yamaha mini receiver at newegg, it's 130 shipped with the code? I think there's a thread on it in online deals. Oh nvm maybe, forgot the vintage req.

vintage preference doesn't mean i wont accept or use something more modern so its fine

edit. got a link to the receiver?
Edited by mrsmiles - 3/30/11 at 6:13pm
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http://www.overclock.net/online-deals/978014-yamaha-ymc-500sl-neohd-media-controller.html

I've got one that I'm going to run a 3 channel soundbar with, but I haven't hooked it up yet. For the price it's a superb deal. You could spend 200 bucks on a dumb device like teh Audioengine desktop amp... for a bit more kinda silly imo. On the flip side you could get a full fledged receiver, but how does one hide that on your desk? The Yamaha NeoHD fits that little niche nicely me thinks.
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Ill keep that receiver in mind, its a good deal.

i have a question though, when looking at the receiver specifications on newer models they specify impedance of 8 ohms is this a minimum requirement for speakers?
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Ill keep that receiver in mind, its a good deal.

i have a question though, when looking at the receiver specifications on newer models they specify impedance of 8 ohms is this a minimum requirement for speakers?

The ohm rating refers speaker impedance, or resistance to electrical flow. The rating is usually given as a nominal value, which really only has value in name. Speaker impedance fluctuates greatly through the audible range. Generally speaking you want to match amplifier impedance ratings to your speakers. Too much load, ie. low impedance, will tax the amps and make it overheat solid state amps. Home speakers are typically 8ohm and car audio is 4ohm. I only touched on the surface of ohm ratings, but I hope I gave you a general idea of it.
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The ohm rating refers speaker impedance, or resistance to electrical flow. The rating is usually given as a nominal value, which really only has value in name. Speaker impedance fluctuates greatly through the audible range. Generally speaking you want to match amplifier impedance ratings to your speakers. Too much load, ie. low impedance, will tax the amps and make it overheat solid state amps. Home speakers are typically 8ohm and car audio is 4ohm. I only touched on the surface of ohm ratings, but I hope I gave you a general idea of it.

i might be able to get an Akai AM-2400 Receiver for free on the back it states 4-16 ohms, the speakers im getting states compatible with 8 ohms would the receiver have trouble with them (only 2 channel setup)?
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Free is free. They should do ok, the minis are not hard to push.

You might wanna look at something like a classic NAD receiver, or Onkyo of that era too.

http://cgi.ebay.com/nad-stereo-receiver-7220PE-power-envelope-/160566017470?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item25627afdbe
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cool thanks for the help you've given me, for now ill see how the speakers sound when/if i get the receiver for free, if i dont like it i'll look at some of those suggestions.

note. i remember seeing a NAD for sale at a pawn shop for cheap, cant remember model though, ill have to check it out if its still there.

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I got a Yamaha R-1000 for $175 off of Craigs and I'm really happy with it. I also got a sub off Craigs that I like a lot. Both were in fantastic shape, even though the receiver is 25+ years old.

I don't know where you live, but in a big city like Toronto, Craig's seems to kick the dirt out of the retail options for audio.
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