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Processor/Receiver. Whats the difference?

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by Bonzodogdick, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Bonzodogdick

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    Apart from the Receiver having a tuner bolted into it theyre the same thing right?

    Hmmm, Im expecting a barrage of technical abuse now. Go easy on me Im new around here. :D
     
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    No, they are different. A receiver also has built in amps for most if not all channels but a processor only has the Dolby Digital etc processing, no amps/FM tuner etc.
    Although a processor has less hardware it will almost always cost more than a receiver as it will tend to be higher spec/quality with often more powerful processing. In other words the processor is a more specialised piece of equipment and the receiver is an all-in-one type of device. This priceing/quality is very similar to having a midi HiFi compared to a separates HiFi (bit unfair as there are some very good receivers out there).
    Receivers start in price from around £100 new, but I think the cheapest processor is about £1000.

    Mark.
     
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    There are also processors with tuners built-in (e.g. Tag has a DAB tuner option). Though it's rather an exception than the rule. Also note that processors (aka AV pre-amps) require seperate power amps to drive the speakers, usually of the multi-channel variety.

    The difference between an AV receiver and an AV amplifier is the tuner (missing from the latter).
     
  4. Bonzodogdick

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    Thanks for that guys.

    So is the Yamaha DSPE800 Im considering purchasing to serve my home cinema purposes (in conjuction with my Arcam 8R - for stereo use) a true processor? I ask as it's currently doing the round at £160 which by all accounts seems a bargain.

    Thanks again

    Bonzo :thumbsup:
     
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    It's a "surround sound processor" with built in amplification hehe :)
     
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    No, that's typically called an 'add-on processor' to distinguish it from an amp-free 'processor'.
     
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    AV amp = A product with all the processing and amplifiers for all channels in one box.

    AV receiver = the above but with a radio tuner built in too.

    Processor = AV amp minus all the in-built amplifiers. Sometimes also called a 'line-level processor'. There isn't really a different name for one of these things with a radio tuner built in.

    Add-on processor = Line-level processor, but with amplifiers for centre and rears built in. Intended to be used with an existing stereo set-up.
     
  8. Bonzodogdick

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    Brilliant. :clap:

    Appreciate your help

    Bonzo :hiya:
     

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