Originally Posted by mj79
i am so confused here lol.. Ok so if i have an external amp.. and say im searching on amazon... what am i looking to search besides receivers with no internal amp, and with a preout imput
OK, its late, but I'll try to sort this out for you.
Receivers contain everything you need to hook up speakers and turn it on and get sound, even if its only the radio. Hooking up a CD or DVD or your video for switching is a convenience we've come to expect even in the cheaper receivers. The shortcoming of those receivers is the power, or lack thereof.
An integrated amp is basically a receiver without the tuner section. In other words it contains a preamp, and amp, and in the case of multi channel, a processor for audio, and the newer ones process video as well. They usually contain more powerful amp sections than receivers, but not always. They can be very expensive to replace, especially when the video and audio processors are not up to date. They also have most if not all the connections you would expect to find on a receiver.
A power amp is just that. It doesn't even have a volume control, the preamp processor does that. Connections on the most basic ones are for inputs from the preamp and speaker binding posts to connect the speakers.
Many, but not all receivers have preamp output jacks. A quick look at the back panel will tell you if it does. Many of us use a receiver with an external amp, and for varied reasons. Most of us buy external amps because the power of a receiver often isn't enough for satisfactory sound quality.
Some debate this approach as being unnecessary. Thats fine. I know what I know, and its enough for me to continue this practice.
Buying an inexpensive receiver allows me to upgrade to newer features when they become available without having to buy the expensive ones simply for the power they have. I already have my amp, I just need the preamp processor part to function adequately so my 5.1 sound system is up to date and sounds great.
When its time to upgrade, I'll be looking at refurbed units with quality preamp output and the features I'm looking for. I won't be concerned with buying for power.
Perhaps I'll buy a dedicated pre/pro unit if the right one comes along at the right price.
I am currently using an HK AVR 247 for my pre/pro. It has 50wpc x7. My amp has 125wpc x7. Which would you rather power speakers with?
It works well and I've not found any issues that would cause me to return it. The preamp section is very quiet and it has the usual HK sound, a tad on the warm side, but I like it that way. It replaced a still functional HK AVR 520 that was a bear to configure. Until a few weeks ago the 520 was what I listened to each day.