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What is the benefit of an amplifier or receiver and how is it going to improve
the quality of my viewing experience.

I see a lot of people discussing them, but I don't see the advantage.

Do they improve picture qulality, line noise or is it strictly audio ?

Yes, I ama rookie.

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Do you mean Receiver+amplifier combo? Because they don't have nothing per say to do with your picture quality.


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Being able to produce Movie Theater level SPL's in ones HT makes a profound difference. Being able to faithfully reproduce the sound as the Director and Sound Mixer intended it to played back at draws you into the Movie in a way that listening through TV Speakers simply cannot.

This was the impetus of THX Certification in Home Theater. While I do believe that they have diluted the ethos by having THX Select products, the original THX Certification and THX Processing really have helped to give consumers the tools to recreate the Movie Theater experience at Home.

It goes without saying that there are many products that meet or exceed THX's requirements without being certified. Some Manufacturers choose not to submit their products due to cost or philosophical reasons.

So an Amplifier or AVR does not affect PQ, but without them, you are missing out on an essential component for truly being drawn into a Movie.
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Thanks,

I have noticed a difference if sound quality from listening to other setups, but not necessarily my own. I don't have a theater system yet, I am still setting it up piece by piece. So far I have a Panasonic 42PZ85U and a Panasonic blu ray player. No speakers, no htib.

My last tv was a 26 inch Samsung hdtv crtv and before that it was a 12 year old Sony crtv. So, while my setup is not 'baller' compared to many here, it is still much better than what I had previously.

My next purchase will be a surge suppressor/line conditioner. I was looking into a Panamax unit, 5101 if I remember correctly. I am trying to find it on sale at Amazon or elsewhere before I purchase it.

How much should I expect to spend on an amplifier or receiver . I am not talking about a top of the line unit, but maybe something mid range.

Or, what percentage should I spend on a receiver and amplifier compared to the cost of speakers ? If I expected to spend 1500-2000 on a sound system, what percentage should be spend on amplifier, receiver and speakers ?

Thanks for your help.
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Hello,
I would allocate the majority on efficient Speakers and a quality Subwoofer.
An example would be Hsu Research's HB-1 Bookshelf Speaker for 149 : http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html
Horn Loaded so quite efficient and Dr. Hsu is MIT Educated Subwoofer/Speaker guru.
So 2 pairs of HB-1's for Mains and Surround. An HC-1 MKII Center Channel for 239:http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hc-1.html

For a Subwoofer, I would go with SVS's PB10-NSD for 475: http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-box-10nsd.cfm
Total of 5.1 package $1,014 before shipping.

For an AVR, I would definitely go with Onkyo's TX-SR876 for 829 (1800 MSRP): http://www.accessories4less.com/make...Silver-/1.html
Truly an awesome AVR with THX Ultra2 Plus Certification, Audyssey MultEQ XT, Reon Video Processing and much, much more.

Here is a review of the TX-SR876:http://www.avguide.com/review/tested...el-av-receiver
Here is a review of the HB-1: http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...speaker-review
And another:http://www.ultimateavmag.com/speakersystems/307hsu/
Here is a Review of the HC-1 and HB-1: http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/home-...subwoofer.html
Here is a Review of the earlier version of the PB10 (The NSD is even better):http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...r-10-2004.html
Grand total: $1,843 before Shipping.

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