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Receiver / Integrated amplifier for ceiling speakers

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I bought a home that has speakers built in the ceiling. The volume control knob on the wall is surround but I dont know what the speakers themselves are. I am guessing they are some low-mid range speakers and not one of those high end ones audiophiles get. Should I just get one of those $100 receivers (Yamaha, Sony Or Insignia)or should I get the Onkyo A 9010 integrated amp which currently retails for $300?

Thanks for your help!
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Only you can make that decidion: it depends on what you want to use the speakers for.

Receivers usually are much more cost effective than integrated amps because they make so many more of them.

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In ceiling or in wall speakers are usually for home theater use, not audiophile (or even close) "proper stereo" use. Musac at best.

So unless you're going for a home theater surround setup, I'd go for a modest stereo receiver as you suggest, possibly with dual zone speaker terminals so you can use four speakers at once.

The Onkyo 8160 would be better than the one you suggested as it has wired and wireless (wifi) network capabilities. It's about $400 on Amazon.

Either that or step back to the Onkyo 8050 which has wired but not wifi capabilities.

I have the 8050 in my den for musac duties and it works fine at that level. My entire house has wired Ethernet so no need for wifi though.

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Yeah, those are probably just ambient music speakers, for parties or hanging out. How many rooms / how many speakers?
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I have one pair each in 3 zones. I am primarily going to stream Pandora from my phone using bluetooth or wired. I don't have a big music collection.

How about the newbyamaha rs202?
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I bout the new yamaha rs 202 and am quit happy with it. This is first receiver and I look forward to upgrading when I fully put it to use and find the need.

Thanks all!
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