Sorry to ask nube question, but looking for any direction towards a receiver/amp that only drives a 5.1 speaker set up from a digital audio source (AppleTV/ optical TOSLINK). I really don't need anything else from that room (no recorded/streaming audio). Trying to stay away from a soundbar, just want to have speaker connected to AppleTV via digital. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Speakers and the room you're listening in make the most difference in the quality of the sound you'll hear. A typical rule of thumb is to spend twice as much on speakers as you spend on the electronics to drive them.
I have a set of PSB Alphas that I previously used in 5.1 setup, but now have dedicated room for TV (but mainly for kids so AppleTV & Netflix) and will not be using recorded music (nor DVDs/Bluray) in there.
If everything uses HDMI, then you can get by with the least expensive entry-level current-generation receiver.
If you need to connect component video, then a higher grade of receiver is needed.
Entry-level receivers also don't have automated room equalization if you want that.
e.g. the Denon E200 provides 3 HDMI inputs, 1 coax digital audio input, 1 optical (toslink) audio input, 2 stereo analog inputs and 2 composite video inputs. It has a list price of about $250 but can be purchased for much less if you call an authorized dealer directly.
Their E300 adds network connectivity and Audyssey room EQ for about $100 more (list).
Both provide 5.1 speaker channels.
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