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Old 08-21-2012, 09:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm setting up a small 2.1 system in my bedroom (~10'x12'x10') and I'm not sure the best way to go about it. Ill be using a pair of focal 705v speakers. it will be mostly for music, but I also want to hook up a cable box and bluray player (I will play music mostly through this). So I'll need 2 seperate inputs. A sub out would also be nice but I guess I can just run the speakers through the sub if I have to. A remote is also a necessity. I'm not sure if the best way is to get a stereo receiver or an amp or what. All my experience is with home theater receivers and do not have a lot of 2 channel experience. My big concern is getting enough power to listen at moderate levels while keeping the reciever or amp small. Its in my bedroom so I don't want some huge receiver. I have no real budget, but cheaper is obviously better and id like to stay under $200 or $300 if possible. Any suggestions of how to go about this and what specific models to buy would be a great help. Thanks.
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Even for 2.1 audio, I would still consider something like the Marantz 5.1 slim-line receiver.
It will have a sub out, and you can hook-up cable and Bluray systems. You will also have
bass management for your sub. It will play 2.1 audio, and will drive the Focal in that room.
http://www.amazon.com/Marantz-NR1402-AV-Receiver/dp/B0052T82H2/ref=sr_1_1?

There is a refurb one here >
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MARNR1402/MARANTZ-NR1402-Slimline-5.1ch-AV-Receiver-w/HDMI-3D-ready/1.html

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I did take a look at that marantz. It does seem to fit the bill, just wasn't sure if I could do better with something 2 channel specific. And I'm always wary of any slim version electronics due to fears of overheating, but I'm sure it will be fine. Thanks for the suggestion.
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I did take a look at that marantz. It does seem to fit the bill, just wasn't sure if I could do better with something 2 channel specific. And I'm always wary of any slim version electronics due to fears of overheating, but I'm sure it will be fine. Thanks for the suggestion.

It's not extremely thin. Most receivers are 6 inches high, this one is 4 inches. Most modern receivers are big empty boxes. The last one I tore apart even had what I would consider phoney circuit cards - they had a few parts on them but were mostly a kind of jumper cable.

Also, the amp is only 50 wpc, which dramatically decreases its ability to produce heat.
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I did take a look at that marantz. It does seem to fit the bill, just wasn't sure if I could do better with something 2 channel specific. And I'm always wary of any slim version electronics due to fears of overheating, but I'm sure it will be fine. Thanks for the suggestion.

The Marantz is built well and is a nice friendly option > and will make for a nice
set-up with the Focal. Also, you wanted something smaller and a remote.smile.gif

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It's not extremely thin. Most receivers are 6 inches high, this one is 4 inches. Most modern receivers are big empty boxes. The last one I tore apart even had what I would consider phoney circuit cards - they had a few parts on them but were mostly a kind of jumper cable.
Also, the amp is only 50 wpc, which dramatically decreases its ability to produce heat.

Good information, thanks.
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