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Amp or Receiver? What's the difference?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Kootuu, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. Kootuu

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    Hey,

    I've wondered this for a long time and it's about time I found out the answer.

    I'm just starting to gather together everything for my first surround sound set up.

    Now, I'm curious to know what is the difference between an amp and a receiver, which one do I need to get 5.1 surround sound from my dvd player?

    Someone on the classified ads is selling the following amp for £75:

    Click here for description

    Also, is DPLII only on receivers or amps as well?

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
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    Receivers have radio built-in.
     
  3. vonhosen

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    If you are talking about an integrated amp (amplifier & processor in one unit) then a receiver is exactly the same thing but with a radio tuner....that's the difference.

    Of course some amps are just amplifiers with no processor.

    DPLII can be on (integrated) amp or receiver (depending on the format being supported by processor)

    Edit

    See I was pipped to the post :D
     
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    The difference between an (Integrated) AV Amplifier and AV Receiver is, as said before, the radio aka tuner.

    E.g. in the Yamaha range the DSP-A2 is an AV amp and corresponds to the RXV-2095 which is mostly (entirely) identical feature-wise but has an additional radio-tuner and the necessary connectivity for that.

    Yes, it can be offered on either, this is manufacturer / model specific and does not relate to being an amp or receiver itself.

    That would be power-amps then. :)
     
  5. Kootuu

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    Ahh right, nice and easy then :)

    Any idea if the amp I am looking at is integrated. RS don't seem too give too many details on this...
     
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    Your link takes me nowhere so I can't tell what kind of amp it is. Can you tell us the make and model instead?

    "Integrated" just means it has a pre-amp section (with decoding in case of an AV amp) and amplification built-in.

    An 'AV Amplifier' is essentially "integrated" - hence the brackets () - while those amps who amplify only are called 'power amplifiers', usually of the 'multi-channel' kind. They require to be partnered with an AV pre-amp aka AV processor (or an AV amp/receiver with pre-outs).

    I think this term came from the classical hifi-stereo systems where amplifiers (like in 'integrated amplifiers') and amplifiers (like in 'power amps') were easily mixed up.
     
  7. Kootuu

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    Cambridge Audio A5
    SILVER (Stereo Amplifier)

    Hmm by stereo I'm guessing it isn't for surround sound then!?
     
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    stereo = 2 channels/speakers of sound
    surround = 4.1/5.1/6.1/7.1 speakers/channels (.1 being the lfe channel for bass using a subwoofer).
     

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