New onkyo amp

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    I Currently have a Samsung all in one surround sound thing, my plan is to upgrade to an Onkyo amp, and use the Samsung speakers till I can afford more.
    I want at least 3hdmi in's and that's about it, what Onkyo model is the best/cheapest?
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    I doubt you are going to be able to use the Samsung speakers. This is because most speakers with all in one systems are low impedance and anything under 4 ohms should not be used with an AV receiver, especially the budget ones you are looking at. Also I suspect the sub will be passive and all AV receivers need active subs (with inbuilt amp). Hence I suspect you are going to have to buy speakers as well as the receiver. What is your total budget?
     
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    Not sure on the impedance without looking.
    And as you assume, the sub is passive.
    Do all onkyo's have active subs then? And if so why?
    And to be honest, not much. I wanted to do it in stages, I can get that amp for the above price, I don't have a big budget for speakers!
     
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    All AV receivers (including Onkyo) require active subs. This is the normal convention for separate AV receievrs. It is probably because it takes a lot of load off the receiver so improves sound quality since the sub handles the power requirements itself. You only see passive subs on all in one systems.
    The 5200 is a better amp than the Onkyo you were looking at but it will still need an active sub and it may be short on some features that you may want.
     
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    Thanks for your advice...
    What speakers would you suggest? Low budget good quality?
     
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    Richer sounds do a good range of budget speakers.
    The cheap Yamaha sets are not supposed to be bad for the money. Otherwise you have the Tannoy SFX or Jamo A102 as popular budget speaker sets.
    Another option would be to purchase the front L/R speakers for now and then get the other speakers as funds allow. This prevents you buying cheap speakers now that you will only want to replace sooner rather than later (so a waste of money) and it will get you a much better sounding system in the long run. You could get a nice pair of standmount speakers for the price of one of the speaker sets I mentioned above.
     
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    Thanks mate will have a look
     

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