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I am looking for an entry level receiver for my parents house. Other than basic functions in most modern entry level receivers. It needs 3 things.

1. which I am having trouble finding info on. That is it needs to allow playing from the headphones and the speakers at the same time.

2. 5 channel stereo or similar surround mode. A mode that allows a good amount of sound of all speakers while not adding annoying distortions.

3. the receiver it's self needs to be silent. No hum or whine should come from the receiver.

Other than that just needs to be a basic 5.1, with HDMI and other basic features that come with about all modern receivers.
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That may be hard, as the default behavior (as memory serves) is to disconnect speakers when headphones are plugged in.

It might be needed to get some sort of speaker level to headpone level converter with volume control on it, and tap into the speaker outputs. I am not sure, never needed that feature.

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I'm curious as to why you need headphones AND speakers at the same time, unless the headphones are wireless and in another room.

Most people want the speakers muted when they're using cans to not disturb other people, so the receiver mutes its speakers by default. Never saw one that acted differently.

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It might be needed to get some sort of speaker level to headpone level converter with volume control on it, and tap into the speaker outputs.

Or maybe through the analog outputs/tape loop into a headphone amp, and then to the cans.

edit: scratch that. Might not work with HDMI input sources.

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the main person using the headphones because their hearing isn't great. So everyone else can use the speakers off the receiver and they can get extra volume from the headphones.

I have an old kenwood vr407 that I gave them that does play on headphones and speakers. But has a slight hum when it's on( even when nothing else is plugged in). Also has no good surround sound fields, like 5 channel stereo. Plus isn't HDMI,...

I might have to look into pre-amp outputs if I can find a cheap one.
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Must be a pretty rare feature as I've owned a fair amount of receivers. They all muted the speakers with headphones in use.

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Maybe an old one. I still have a Pioneer VSX-3300S from approx 1988 that speakers/phones work at the same.
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Anyone know if the marantz 1402's pre-out's work with an HDMI input? Also if when they are set to front do the speaker terminals still output sound?
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a hearing aid might help...no?
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