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Hello all!

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I'm currently looking for a relatively inexpensive A/V receiver for my small apartment. I'm looking to connect a PS3 (HDMI), Cable Box (HDMI), Technics turntable (RCA), and iPod (RCA) to the receiver. I was also looking at using my existing pair of active speakers (KRK Rokit 5s) as the output. After doing some research, I found that I can do this by connecting the pre-outs of the receiver to the back of my speakers.

Two questions:

1. Will the receiver automatically decode digital audio and convert to send out through the analog pre-outs for my speakers? Or will I have to use passive speakers in a more traditional setup?

2. Recommendations of a receiver that can accomplish this? Or any workarounds?

Apologizes for my lack of receiver knowledge. Thanks everyone!
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First what price range are you thinking? If you are using the KRK's you might get away with a "preamp" as apposed to a receiver. I think you will more then likely need a phono preamp for the turntable.

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I understand that the turntable requires a phono preamp. Would it not be possible to just plug the turntable into one of the analog RCA inputs on a receiver?

I'm looking for a receiver because of the HDMI connections (PS3, Cable Box). They both have analog outs as well, but would require more cable purchases (other than the current HDMI cables I already have hooked up to my TV).

My price range is around 250 max, I know it's pretty low for a receiver but that's why I'm looking into other options as well.
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You'll need a phono preamp for sure. The hard part is going to find a budget avr with pre outs for your speakers. Might need to go used.
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I see, well I guess I'll have to buy a separate phono preamp and connect that to the receiver then.

I don't have a problem going used, but I just found this on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-522-K-5-Channel-Receiver-iPhone/dp/B007L8Q75G

Would something like this work?
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That will work, but only as long you just want to run 2.1
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No problem with running 2.1, seeing as I don't have enough room for a full 5.1 setup anyway.

Going back to my first question, the receiver will automatically convert the digital audio from the HDMI inputs and send them to the analog pre-outs, correct?
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I take back what I said about it working. Upon further reading the pre outs are only for presence speakers. Keep looking.
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something like this Marantz 1403 would work. It has a set of preouts for the front speakers.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MARNR1403/MARANTZ-NR1403-Slim-5.1-Channel-3D-Pass-Through-Home-Theater-Receiver/1.html


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Going back to my first question, the receiver will automatically convert the digital audio from the HDMI inputs and send them to the analog pre-outs, correct?

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Ah thanks for the heads up, crn3371.

That Marantz looks nice, a bit out of budget, but I will look for one used. Looking for more recommendations. Thanks!
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What's your budget?

HDMI A/V receivers with preouts for cheap are hard to find.

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I also would recommend the Marantz NR1403 from the same site. It's Marantz factory refurbished for $299. I doubt you'll do much better, price and quality wise, unless you switch to a stereo receiver but finding one of those with the HDMI's you need will be tough.

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Hi all!

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I just bought the marantz nr1403 and I'm having a bit of a problem. I've connected my speakers directly to the pre-outs located in the back of the receiver, but I'm not receiving any sound at all, only a faint buzz. Looked in the manual and it simply says to connect the pre-outs to a separate amplifier, then to the speakers (hence my powered monitors). What gives?
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Ok actually I solved the "no sound" problem, but anyone have an idea about the buzzing noise? Is this possibly because I'm using regular RCA cables (Red/white) and not a balanced 1/4 (TS)cable? Thanks!
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