AV recevier / Media center

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Andy Lakeland, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Andy Lakeland

    Andy Lakeland
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    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy an AV receiver which will also store music.
    It needs to have at least 3 channels for input from other equipment and be able to store and play mp3.
    I've searched the internet and see some bad reports about user interfaces, so looking for advise users of some of something similar. We'd like a good interface which would allow us to categorize the mp3 music by genre.


    Cheers
    Andy
     
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    It doesn't sound as though what you are after is an AV amp/receiver? You appear to be looking for a media player or a player that you can connect to an AV receiver?

    AV receivers can facilitate the connection of streaming devices, but do not include internal storage for audio content or files.

    An AV receiver's primary function is the amplification of multichannel audio (surround sound), powering the speakers attached to that receiver and sourcing the audio via components attached to it. An AV amp also facilitates video switching as a secondary function used in conjunction with its primary objective. The only real audio directly sourced via the amp itself would be the audio sourced via the onboard radio receiver or via its internet radio capabilities.

    Maybe look at media streamers or players with onboard storage, although you'll still require an additional amp and speakers in order to use such a device.
     
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    If you've a PC then you could use that to store the audio on and serve it to a device such as the Logitech Squeezebox? You could even buy a dedicated NAS or network storage drive on which to keep your audio files. You'd deliver the files from a PC or NAS to the media player via DLNA/uPnP over a LAN. The media player would then connect to an amplifier and the amplifier would power the connected speakers.

    Some AV amps have inbuilt media players (audio only). You could do as suggested, but stream directly to the AV amp without need for the standalone media player? This would only offer you very basic GUI in relation to browsing the files though.
     
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