I have a pair of powered Mackie HR624 speakers that came from a professional recording studio, and I would like to see if I can incorporate them into my home theater surround. I'm looking for a receiver that would have a pre-amp out that could be used for stereo listening via the HR624's, and powered outputs to drive my Polk 5.1 surround system. Does anyone have any recommendations? I would like to keep it in the $500-$600 range.
Also, I wonder if it would be possible to use the HR624's as the FL and FR speakers for the 5.1. I don't know if there is a receiver out there that would allow you to use a combination of powered and non-powered speakers to achieve the 5.1.
Any AVR with preouts will allow this. The lower level Marantz AVRs (1403/1603) have FL/FR preouts which is all you need, while the Denon 3312CI (on clearance) and new Marantz 5007 will have a full set of 7.2 preouts.
Thanks, I will check into those models. I just wasn't sure if there would be an issue running the pre-outs and the powered terminals at the same time. It seems like a few manufacturers warn against doing that.
What they're warning against is connecting the preout connections and speaker post connections to the same speakers ... there's no issue using a combination of speaker posts and preouts to different speakers.