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Small stereo receiver needed

Hey guys I'm trying to find a stereo receiver that
1) takes optical audio input
2) is shorter than 5" (the shorter the better)
3) is cheap, I'd like to not spend more than $200

the stand it will be going into is the Ikea hemnes tv stand http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79929614/

side note: why do receivers have to be made so tall and/or tv stand shelves so small?
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They make plenty of stands that hold AV equipment easily.

Finding AVR's under 5" tall and less than $200 is going to be tough even if you go for used items. And if 5" height is all you have, your receiver will get hot because it needs room for ventilation.

Marantz NR models are under 5" tall.

Harman Kardon has some slimline models

Yamaha has at least one model

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To ensure a longer life of the receiver, place it on one of the side shelves to the left or right of the TV, either of which will provide plenty of ventilation above it. Cut a hole in the back of the shelf for wires if none exists.

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those are all surround sound models, does anyone make just a stereo model anymore?
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Hey guys I'm trying to find a stereo receiver that
1) takes optical audio input
2) is shorter than 5" (the shorter the better)
3) is cheap, I'd like to not spend more than $200

the stand it will be going into is the Ikea hemnes tv stand http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79929614/

side note: why do receivers have to be made so tall and/or tv stand shelves so small?

If you're looking for an amplifier so you can have decent speakers/sound quality for your TV output, with a very small foot print and low cost, try something like this - you won't find much smaller or cheaper, and the sound quality is excellent. Hook it up 'as is' using RCA analog cables to your TV variable output, and just leave it powered up - the amp has no remote capability for on/off or volume change, but the variable outs on the TV take care of that.

http://www.cnet.com/products/lepai-lp-2020a-plus/

If digital audio is a must have, hook it up using a Monoprice digital to analog converter (6884). They're a little over 20 bucks, and will take either optical or coax digital input and convert to RCA analog audio out for the amp.


I looked for quite a while to find a low cost, simple stereo amplifier (the smaller the better) to use with my wall mount TV and good quality full range speakers. This fits the bill perfectly for me ...
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That would work westCDA, unfortunately my tv doesnt have variable outputs.
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Major mfrs still make stereo receivers, but generally they do not have digital inputs.

I know the Harman Kardon 3490 does have digital inputs but it is quite large. I haven't seen any stereo only receivers that are slimline with digital inputs. Doesn't mean they don't exist, I'm just not familiar with them.

Stereo isn't a big seller anymore, people are looking for receivers with networking, digital inputs, audio streaming, controllable by smartphones, etc.

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Onkyo makes a stereo receiver with digital inputs but it is probably too tall for your needs at 5.9" tall. Plus it cost $245 which is over your budget.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-8050-...tereo+receiver

Less than 5" tall, stereo, digital inputs and under $200 is going to be hard to find.

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That would work westCDA, unfortunately my tv doesnt have variable outputs.
If the lack of a remote is the sticking point then (due to the fixed level audio output), there are a number of micro amps available with remotes - for example:


http://www.parts-express.com/kinter-...2x18w--310-378


When I was looking, I was unable to find any small stereo amps that had digital inputs. But pair an analog amp like this one with the monoprice converter, and you've got a small footprint remote control stereo amplifier and digital inputs, and still under 50 dollars. If you wanted to integrate the remote functions from a offshore product like this into a single remote, though, you might need a remote that can learn codes.


Good luck!


P.S. If your TV has an headphone jack, that output would be variable. You could connect one of these amps (without a remote) directly to it using a 3.5mm male to male stereo analog headphone cable.

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those are all surround sound models, does anyone make just a stereo model anymore?
I've been looking for something similar myself: stereo receiver, compact, budget minded.

I found some great options, but all of them were over $200.
Marantz M-CR510 - $600
Denon DR-AN5 - $400 at Crutchfield
Yamaha CRX-N560 - $360 on ebay

Or there's this:
Yamaha CRX-332, which is about $209 on ebay but no optical in, so you'd just have to but a digital to analog converter box, which runs about $15-$20 on ebay or amazon.

Hope this helps!

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How bout something like the Panasonic digital receivers that came out a few years back. They were very popular and powerful. They have optical and digital coax inputs and are very slim.

Sure its a AVR but you can easily set it up for 2 channel stereo only use.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-SA...item3a93ba8972

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-SA...item259199ecd5

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I'll test my tv and see if the 3.5mm jack adjusts volume when the tv's internal speakers are off, if so that may be the cheapest solution with one of those amp's you showed WestCDA.

hawaiir - for those prices I might as well get the marantz NR series 5.1 receiver 4.1" height $400 new, not a fan of those yamaha mini systems. There are 3 on the classifieds here.

afrogt - I didnt know about the panny's but had looked into sherwood's similar product which has nothing but bad reviews so I just assumed most of those dvd sized units were no good, I'll try to find a better price for a black finished one, $200+ for a 10 yr old amp that was $300 new is crazy

Thanks for the help guys


**update - tv doesn't adjust volume through anything other than it's own speakers

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I'll test my tv and see if the 3.5mm jack adjusts volume when the tv's internal speakers are off, if so that may be the cheapest solution with one of those amp's you showed WestCDA.

hawaiir - for those prices I might as well get the marantz NR series 5.1 receiver 4.1" height $400 new, not a fan of those yamaha mini systems. There are 3 on the classifieds here.

afrogt - I didnt know about the panny's but had looked into sherwood's similar product which has nothing but bad reviews so I just assumed most of those dvd sized units were no good, I'll try to find a better price for a black finished one, $200+ for a 10 yr old amp that was $300 new is crazy

Thanks for the help guys


**update - tv doesn't adjust volume through anything other than it's own speakers

Well, my friend, as they say ... you get what you pay for. Might be best just to save up a bit and get a higher quality product. Good luck!

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The Panasonic XR50 was very highly rated during its time. There's a reason it keeps holding its value. The XR55 and XR57 are going for $239 and $269 used on Amazon.

I think it's your best bet unless you can find one of the Marantz NR receivers under $200.

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I spent a little time on the Accessories4Less website and there are some reasonable options that run anywhere from a little to a lot more than your budget.

I think this would be the best choice, it is a compact TEAC AH-01 integrated amplifier with analog and digital inputs for $260 closeout


Marantz slimline AV Receivers are overall probably your next best choice if you don't like the TEAC for some reason, $249 refurb. Marantz also makes a very nice stereo digital receiver that is less than 4" tall, but it is out of your budget at $449 refurb.

Finally, if you can handle the 5-7/8" tall Onkyo TX-8050, they are available for around $190 refurbed, which is a great deal.

(In case you didn't notice, I am a big fan of buying refurbs when the budget is tight.)

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