The main qualification for a new A/V receiver for me is the ability to process 2-channel analog audio with an EQ and AGC level control. Since these are line-level outboard items, the receiver must have some way to connect them post-input selection and pre-multi-channel processing and power amplification. I have typically done this with separates in the past.
I'm discovering, much to my chagrin, that the implementation of multi-channel and digital audio is making these kinds of opportunities scarce on consumer equipment. This brings up two questions:
1. Would you recommend using a tape monitor loop or pre in/out connections, or does one or the other suffice?
2. Can anyone recommend amps that have either of these features (any price point between $300-$1200)?
TIA to the experts. AVS is the best source anywhere. :)
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