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I've had problems getting a receiver to work well with my NHT speakers. I have two 2.5i speakers and one AudioCenter 1 (details are here: http://www.nhthifi.com/Owners-Manuals ). I had them hooked up to an old Sony ES receiver (10 years ago, it was the top of the line Sony ES). That worked for a few years and then the heat/overload sensor in the receiver started tripping (even when the volume wasn't that loud), it became more frequent, and eventually the receiver stopped working and I was told it couldn't be repaired.

Next I tried to use a fairly cheap JVC receiver that someone gave me for free. It would run about 30 seconds before it tripped for an overload and shut down.

I'm now considering getting either this Yamaha HTR-4065 http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/av-receivers-amps/htr/htr-4065/?mode=model#tab=product_lineup

or this Sony STR-DH720 http://store.sony.com/p/3D-A-V-reciever,-audio-video,-blu-ray/en/p/STRDH720#specifications

But I don't know if either of them will work well with my NHT 2.5is and AudioCenter 1.

Basically, I want something in the roughly $300 or under category and I don't need a ton of inputs, etc.

I use them almost exclusively for music from an iPod and audio from a TV. Maybe there is a different way to go than using a receiver?

Any suggestions?

Thank you,

Rick
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To power all three speakers, a receiver is the best bet.

My favoriate receiver for under $300 is the Marantz NR1402 at Audio Advisor.

http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MANR1402

You can certainly spent less. For example, the HK below and Yamaha below:

http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-HK-3390-Receiver/dp/B00198BOAM/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348960764&sr=1-7&keywords=RECEIVER

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V371BL-5-1-Channel-AV-Receiver/dp/B004QQXDVC/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348960680&sr=1-9&keywords=RECEIVER
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Look at the Denon 891 receiver, from AC4L
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR891/DENON-AVR-891-7.1-Channel-105W-A/V-1.4-3D-Ready-Receiver/1.html

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Im no electrician but if you have had problems with two amps maybe there is a problem with the speaker? maybe a short in the setup?

If i were going to be listening to music a lot I would go a H|K as I like the way they sound for music.

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I'm not sure how I test for a wiring issue. It seems worth looking into. I have a small volt meter, but I've never used it for anything like this.

Any other suggestions?

I'm not sure if the ones I've gotten so far consider the impedance of the NHT speakers (6 Ohms).
http://www.nhthifi.com/site/pdf/2.5iman.pdf

http://www.nhthifi.com/site/pdf/ac1manual.pdf

Does that affect the choice at all? I worry that had something to do with them tripping the receivers.

Thank you again for your help and suggestions (the preceding ones too).

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I'm not sure if the ones I've gotten so far consider the impedance of the NHT speakers (6 Ohms).
http://www.nhthifi.com/site/pdf/2.5iman.pdf
http://www.nhthifi.com/site/pdf/ac1manual.pdf
Does that affect the choice at all? I worry that had something to do with them tripping the receivers.
Thank you again for your help and suggestions (the preceding ones too).
Rick

The Denon 891 was reccomended, because it is also rated for 6ohms

105 Watt - 8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.08% - 7 channel(s) ( surround ),
135 Watt - 6 Ohm - at 1 kHz - THD 0.7% - 7 channel(s) ( surround )

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