AV Receiver with 2 Digital-In 2 Heaphone/Audio Out 3.5mm jacks

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  1. HyeVltg3

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    Not sure if this is the right place or even a weird question.

    Currently (very slowly, components are expensive and I aint rich) moving "up" from PC Sound Card audio to AV Receiver.

    First I have a completely Toslink-ed audio setup.
    I have toslinks hooked to a 5 to 1 switch that feed the 1 Opt-Out to my Sound card's Opt-In.

    been having really bad audio and I think I want to return it for an AV receiver.

    Been looking at prices and most if not all Receivers are way out of my price range for 1 component.
    So If I do settle for one (hopefully cheap enough <$300) I wont be making any purchases for a while

    Looking for the 2 Digital Ins as I'd like to have both the Switch AND the Digi-Out from my PC's onboard to the receiver, hence the need for 2 Ins (seen a lot of receivers with it so I'm hoping its common enough)

    I NEED the 2 headphone/audio out jacks, because I love to use headphones for music, and when I watch movies I usually use speakers, I need one of the Audio out (headphone out) for Headphones, but need the other jack for the 2.1 speaker system I have which only connects to 3.5mm jacks.

    Hopefully my question isnt too far-fetched.
    I would like to buy a receiver for futureproofing when I do switch up 3.5mm for actually Home theater speakers.
     
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    Why do you just not save up until you can afford speakers and receiver at the same time? Or just buy a pair of cheap standmount speakers for now (can be picked up for £50 or less) to use with the receiver until you can afford a full set. The headphone socket on a receiver is not going to give great sound quality and seems a little perverse to have an AV receiver but not use its amplification but instead use the amps in active set of PC speakers that in all likelihood going to be low quality.
    Also since the headphone socket is on the front of the of most AVRs why not just unplug the headphones and plug in the speakers as required since I assume you will only be using one at a time.
     
  3. HyeVltg3

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    Easier said than done. I'm not swimming in money.
    Mainly the reason in not wanting to purchase the entire project at once is the fact that I dont think in my current computer "office" I have the room to take advantage of anything higher than a 2.1 speaker system hence why I'm mostly using Headphones. Until I move rooms or get a bigger place I dont see me "needing" a fuller speaker system, I was aiming more to be futureproof as I know AVRs tend to last a really good long time.
    I was really enticed by AVRs due to the fact I could hooked up nearly all of my devices to one component and have complete control of audio and even the bonus video.
    Seeing as how I'm really looking at AVRs for its DAC feature, would I be better off just buying a DAC with a headphone amplifier?
    Only thing that stumps me is the price difference, some DACs are about twice the price of an AVR.
     
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    There is no such thing as a futureproof AVR unfortunately. Although an AVR can often operate for a long time they can very quickly become obsolete with the introduction of new features and technology. For example a 5 year old receiver will not support ARC or 3D etc. Now these new features may not be important to you but if they are can mean your expensive AVR becomes almost worthless to you and hence need to buy a new one. On the flip side speakers age very well and a good speaker 10 years ago will still be a good speaker now. Hence if looked after speakers can be used for decades. So a speaker is far more future proof than an AVR which means buying an AVR now to then not use it as an AVR now is a little wasteful since by the time you do get to use it as an AVR you may well find you need to buy a new one anyway.
    What about the idea of just changing over the plugs of the headphones and speakers as required and hence only needing the one headphone socket?
    DACs can cost more than AVRs because they are quite specialist bits of kit so do not have the economies of mass production but also because the stand alone DAC will be much better quality than the DACs in budget AVRs.
     
  5. HyeVltg3

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    You know what everything you said makes sense, I think I'll quit my hunt here and wait till a bigger paycheck rolls in =)

    Thanks for saving me time and money, I was about to go this weekend and pick a refurb Sony STRDH540 because it fit in my budget.
     

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