AV inputs, stereo speakers : do I need an AV amp?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by frumpy_uk, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. frumpy_uk

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    My setup: Apple TV running xbmc and Humax freeview connected to busted Onkyo AV amp connected to Sony Bravia and stereo speakers.

    XBMC means I have all kinds of exotically encoded movies including digital sound such as DTS etc.

    My Onkyo tx-sr606 has the hdmi switching problem and though I used to enjoy the convenience and simplicity of one cable per component, I have long suspected that the AV amp is massive overkill. Now it has broken I'm considering alternatives. It's out of warranty.

    Given that I only have stereo speakers, is there any reason why I should be spending tons of money on (another) AV amp?

    My expectation is that I can get the same quality if not better sound using the Apple TV's optical audio running to a "normal" hifi amp.

    I know nothing about the world of digital audio.

    thanks for any advice
    Paul
     
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    Buy an external DAC e.g. Beresford and hook it up to the stereo amp. A lot of people are choosing this method with PC/Mac music for stereo playback.

    Mac - DAC via optical
    DAC - amp via phono
     
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    Well although my amp was out of warranty Genserve agreed to repair it.

    So I'm sticking to my overkill solution - I already bought it so it's costing me nowt.

    Thanks though!
     

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