Multipurpose Audio Amp/Reciever Wanted

Jungl3J1m

Standard Member
Hello All! :)

Can all you clever and very knowledgable people have a read and help me! :lease:

I'm looking for an amp/reciever (not sure of the difference between the two...) that receives a number of audio inputs from several devices, then outputs that to a 7.1 surround speaker set-up. The speakers are from my current creative pc speaker system, don't really want to buy other speakers.

It will be used to receive audio from my:-

PC (digital)
LCD TV (analogue i think (two phono jacks))
Digital Set-top box (digital)
Hi-Fi (analogue)
DVD player (digital)
and maybe a few others...

So basically 5 or so digital inputs and 3 or so analogue inputs. Output that to 7 satellite speakers and a subwoofer.
No need for video input either.

I hope that helps. Please can you have a think and if you need more info let me know. :thumbsup:

Cheers all,

James
 

Dfour

Active Member
What is your budget?

Also do you realise that pc speakers use 3 1/2mm jacks for intput unless you have digital speakers
 

Jungl3J1m

Standard Member
My budget is low as possible but i could stretch to about 300-400 pounds maybe....

My speakers have the positive/negative terminals, so i'll use new speaker cable when i come to installing them. At the moment they're connected to the creative system with phono jacks but as i said i'll get rid of those and use new stuff.

Hope i didn't confuse you lol.
 

Knyght_byte

Well-known Member
what speakers do you have?

most amps will have around 3-4 optical inputs and a couple of coax inputs nowadays...altho its possible some will have less.....

best bet is to go to a few hifi retailer websites, find the model names in your price bracket then go to the companies website and find the model specs to see if it fits what you need......

btw, a receiver means it has a tuner for radio onboard.....an amp is just an amp (altho both receivers and amps nowadays will do video switching in the surround world.....there are most likely some that dont, but they are probably specialist ones costing a lot more than your budget...lol...it makes the thing more sellable to general consumers to do both audio and video)
 

Knyght_byte

Well-known Member
oh forgot to mention names, Denon and Yamaha are the usual culprits, but others exist.......
 

Jungl3J1m

Standard Member
i have the creative td7700 7.1 surround speaker set-up, but when i get a 7 point surround receiver i'll do away with the sub-woofer and control etc, just leaving the speakers.

I looked at Yamaha and Denon. All quite confusing stuff :confused: , but some interesting products. The Denon AVR1706 looks ok i think, maybe a lack of digital inputs tho, not sure.
or the Yamaha RX-V657, seems to have more dig inputs.

What do you think?
 

Dfour

Active Member
I just had a look at your speakers and would not recommend using them on there own with a av amp as they are rated well under the power level that most amps will put out. IHMO There will be a big risk of distortion and blowing the speakers.
 

Knyght_byte

Well-known Member
afraid i'll have to agree with DFour, a proper hifi amp would almost certainly blow those speakers or cause distortion, also you would still need to buy a sub, those satellites probably only hit around 120hz lowest....mebbe a little lower but i'd be surprised....

(btw, said 'afraid' not because i dont like agreeing with ya Dfour but for the sake of the OP who isnt going to be able to do what he wants...heh...thought i better clear that up...lol)
 

Dfour

Active Member
NP Knyght_byte. :D
 

Jungl3J1m

Standard Member
ok i see your points!.... i did think that myself :rolleyes:

they sound good within they're creative package, well for computer speakers anyway!
i use my pc for all my music so i want good sound quality, thats why i've decided to get an amp, but not the sole reason....

So now i'm gonna need a nice cheap but good speaker package......Suggestions......?? lol

More money to spend.....Great! :rolleyes: Dunno where thats gonna come from lol.
 

pragmatic

Well-known Member
You sound like you need a processor but you'll not find many of them about for your price range.

I don't think the product you want exists, you need 7.1 preout from the amp via phono and lots of digital inputs for £300.

Your best off telling us your requirments (in a bit more detail) and your max budget and then we can give you a few opinions.
 

Jungl3J1m

Standard Member
OK, i'm sure what i want is out there and is not as complicated as it sounds, but i'll tell you what i want.

I've got a pc, tv, set-top box, dvd player, hi-fi and some future things on the way probably. Some of them produce digital outputs, some only analogue. I want to take that source of sound from whatever device i'm using at the time and amplify it out to some half decent speakers. I want to be able to select on the amp what source to listen to e.g. pc (music), or DVD player (movies), Set top box (Digital TV, maybe HD later on...) etc.

The reason is i want decent sound from the same speakers, not listen tv on the crap tv speakers, or dvd etc, or music from crappy pc speakers. Etc etc. Understand?

Now that i've learn't i cannot use my old pc speakers i need to buy new ones and a sub, i may as well drop down to something like 5.1 surround speakers, instead of 7.1. All in all, i just want decent sound and good value for money!

My budget is about £400, but can stretch if need be...

I hope this helps and has not confused you all. Please help me decide.... :thumbsup:

Thanks!
 
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