Amplifier/Receiver for Media Center?


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I am building a high-end media center which will be the sole driver of AV in my living room. I was planning on buying Acoustic Energy Aego T speakers but I'm not sure what I need in the middle. I was thinking about an AV receiver (e.g. Sony STR-DA1200ES) but the key thing putting me off is the size - it, nor any other good AV receivers I have seen, easily fit the space I have. Given this I started thinking about alternatives and I understand I may just need an amp? Is this the case? Presumably these are less complex and smaller? I don't want to sacrifice audio quality but am just looking for the optimum solution

I was debating whether to get an audio card such as the Auzentech X-Merdian 7.1 rather than use the onboard S/PDIF output from the motherboard. Would I still use S/PDIF from the add-on card though?

Thanks for your help!


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