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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by mr bargain, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. mr bargain

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    hi , I'm new to all this av stuff but I have quite an expensive setup , I have been reading the forum for a while now.

    I was wandering what is a reciever and what does it do?

    any replies are appreciated.
     
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    an amplifier with a built in radio receiver.
     
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    Simple: AV-Amp is a better term.
    It takes a multi soundtrack input from a dvd/sat/game and produces it thru your speakers.
    (front, rear, centre and sub-woofer)
    Also has a radio tuner.

    What is your expensive set-up? Have you got a receiver?

    None of you two can spell receiver.

    btw: It's i before e except after c.
     
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    well it's not top of the range , I have a sammy f71 1080p 40" tv (cost £1250) Logitech z5500's £200) and a bunch of games consoles that set me back a cople of grand.

    I don't think I need one of these as I only have pc speakers?

    I was just looking through some websites and I saw a reciever.
     
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    So could I use one of these?
     
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    You can't use an av receiver(amp) with those speakers as they are amplified by the main control unit/subwoofer.

    An AV receiver is basically an all-in-one AV box solution with an AM-FM radio (receiver) incorporated and a decoder-processor-amplifier that can take accept both stereo and multi-channel audio via analogue/digital inputs and output it to a set of up to 7.1 speakers.
     
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    thanks for the info , that's a great help!!

    Would it be worth me looking into some floor speakers and a sub to upgrade in the future?
     
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    It's up to you. If you do choose to upgrade you have various options regarding av receivers, home cinema systems, speakers and so on. Exactly what type of setup depends on your budget, your listening/viewing habits, type of speakers you can accommodate eg. small sat lifestyle type or full size speakers, room size and so on. You can get very capable 5.1 speaker packages varying in budget from £100 or so (although quality speakers start at a more realistic £200) to the sky's the limit or build a speaker package and add a subwoofer from a manufacturer that specialises in high quality, low frequency subwoofers. Floor standing speakers are more suited to larger rooms, if you spend the same amount on a bookshelf speaker as a floorstander, you should in theory get a better speaker for the money but you have to add on around £60 or so for decent stands. If you went with floorstanders, some people would argue that you don't really need a sub but once I added a sub to my system, I could never go back to 5.0!!

    Should you choose to go down the separates route, you really need to work out a budget and make sure you incorporate extras like speaker stands, brackets and cables. There is no need to spend £££s on cabling, there are some good quality stuff available at very reasonable prices.

    A good place to start looking for packages that include av receivers, speakers and cabling is creative audio, although they are limited to certain brands and don't stock Sony which also make good budget amps.

    There are numerous threads in both the av receivers and speakers forum, so time for some homework! :thumbsup:
     
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    Sub is a must get.

    Make sure it is active as it has it's own amp.

    If you have wooden floors, put the sub on top of a concrete slab otherwise the resonance vibrates the floor boards in time with the sub. I am not sure if this is just for down firing speakers.

    Games sound good as well, my amp has had it so I need a new one, once I get the amp I wanna play BioShock on it.
     

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