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Music and DVD from same 5 speakers

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by mobily, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. mobily

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    Hey all,

    I have seen many pictures of peoples setup on this forum and it looks like the majority of people use the same 5 speakers for music and for dvd playback. Would that mean that the same amp/receiver is being used rather than 2 seperate receivers?

    If this is the case can a standalone AV receiver handle music well?

    I currently have an all-in-one system which I use for both music and dvd. However I am eventually going to upgrade to seperates for music listening. This would leave me with 7 speakers in the one room. However if I could ditch my all-in-one and buy a new setup I would.... after 10 years of saving :eek:
     
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    Some AV receivers can handle stereo pretty well. As with a lot of things, it depends on how much you want to spend but the Arcam AVR250 and AVR300 do a good job with music.

    John
     
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    As johndon says,some receivers do stereo pretty well,and it's also fair to say that some dont.

    An AV receiver is a compromise between the needs for AV processing and amplification etc,and can thus lead to some areas being left a bit short,and music/stereo is often that area.

    The Arcams are traditionally very good,and some of the bigger Pioneers and Denons(not the budget priced ones),are also worth looking at.
     
  4. Mr_Sukebe

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    I've yet to hear any AV amp that sounds comparable to a decent dedicated stereo amp. Maybe I've just not heard enough.

    There is a way to avoid having to use an AV amp for music, which is to connect things up as follows:

    CD > Dedicated Stereo amp > Front stereo speakers

    DVD > AV amp > Centre and rear speakers
    > AV amp via pre outs > Dedicated stereo amp > Front stereo speakers
     
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    I think you're right,and it does apply throughout the price ranges,but if a compromise has to be made and a receiver is the most suitable way for someone to avoid the cost of both a dedicated stereo system and an AV setup also,then it's also true that some make a better job of stereo than others.

    I've tried a few including what was at that time Denon's priciest offering,and settled on the more expensive option of separates,but there is no denying the cost-effectiveness of receivers.
     

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