Hey all, thanks for all the responses. I appreciate all the willing help.
Originally Posted by glangford
The outlaw ausio stereo reciever is highly thought of, although its a little more costly than the HK 3490. It's here.
It has base management. Another option is just to use two channels of an avr. Then you can use audyssey to help blend the sub to the mains.
That looks like a great choice, but is unfortunately just a bit out of my price range. I definitely could just use an AVR, I just feel like I would be paying for a bunch of stuff that I would not be using and might sacrifice some sound quality in the process.
Originally Posted by Flt Simulation
How about the Onkyo "TX-8050 NETWORK STEREO RECIEVER"
It's a dedicated 2-channel reciever. And it does have pre-outs ... to include a sub pre-out.
Works with your WiFi modem too for streaming music via the internet or listening to songs stored on your home computer.
Also has a USB input on the front panel.
Supported Files: MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, LPCM audio
Music Streaming: Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker, Sirius-XM, vTuner, LastFM, Napster, Aupeo
Can be had for $349http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-8050-.../dp/B004UR486G
Onkyo's web page + specs:http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=i
Features Video: http://www.onkyousa.com/Video/TX-8050.swf
BTW ... An integrated amp is a good way to go, but if you want to stream music or play music files you have on your computer, you will also need to buy something like a Squeezebox ... With this Onkyo 2-channel reciever, you don't need to buy a Squeezebox too.
I had seen that one, but like I said above I am afraid I would be paying for a bunch of things I don't need. I should have been more clear before, the PC will be directly connected to the Amp/Receiver via a DAC, so I won't be needing a squeezebox or network capable receiver.
Originally Posted by commsysman
There is no problem using the high-level inputs to the subwoofer (from the speaker terminals). As a matter of fact, there are some who claim this is a better method, since the characteristics of the amplifier are passed through to the sub that way.
There are also many integrated amplifiers that have preamp outputs which can be used to go to the sub (but not the 6004). The Cambridge Audio 550A might be a good one to look at.
So you would say that using the high level inputs wouldn't really be a problem for games? Like I said, for music I don't care as my music isn't at all bass heavy. I had seen the Cambridge Audio 650 but unfortunately it was out of my price range. I can't seem to find the 550 anywhere. Do you know of any retailers that have it in stock?
Originally Posted by Flt Simulation
Just remember that the OP has a budget of no more than 600 bucks!
Originally Posted by Knucklehead90
Either the HK 3490 or Onkyo 8050 will do what you want to do. I'm not that familiar with the 8050 but I'm familiar with the 3490 - I have a 3390 and had a 3480 prior. Connect the sub to sub out 2 and your main speakers to #1 and you can turn input to the sub on and off by remote. And who cares if the sub gets a full signal while gaming? Gaming isn't a critical listening session is it?
Originally Posted by arnyk
Interesting. I agree with the idea that that using the speaker-level input terminals will pass the characteristics of the amp to the sub, but that strikes me as a good reason to avoid them.
So you guys would say that I would be better off just getting a stereo receiver that has sub out? The reason I was thinking integrated amp was because I was of the understanding they tended to sound better because they focus on the sound and that alone. I agree that gaming is not a critical listening session. I am wondering however, about getting the most out of the sub during gaming. I had read many contradicting things about using high level connections and losing some of the bass during home theater applications.
If I were to go the 2 channel receiver route, would the Onkyo but just as good sound wise compared to the Marantz or the HK? I currently have a Pioneer VSX - 1021 in my living room that I have been happy with and had an Onkyo before that, so I am familiar with those. I have not however, ever heard a Marantz or HK receiver.