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Can a 5.1 receiver run 2.1?

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Thread Starter 
Ok i am wanting to have a little 2.1 system and was wondering if I could get a 5.1 receiver in case I ever want to upgrade in the future.
post #2 of 16
Sure
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
So any 5.1 receiver can run 2.1?
post #4 of 16
Yes

What are you concerned won't work? I assume the DD and DTS standards dictate the behavior with two speakers. The receiver should downmix the C, Ls and Rs to the L/R speakers while applying bass management. I don't know the specifics though.
post #5 of 16
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I mean this is just a cheap college 2.1 setup so im just trying to do it cheap as possible. I mean im just looking at something like this pioneer. This is just gonna go with a xbox 360 to play games watch movies and listen to music. Do you have any other reccomendations for cheap receiver around $200, college budget ftl.
post #6 of 16
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V661...9034854&sr=8-1

A $100 more, I know. But I love my RX-V667, and the 659 is very similar.
post #7 of 16
With any reasonably modern receiver, you tell it which speakers you have. In a 2.1 system, you tell it you have front speakers and a subwoofer, but no surround speakers... no problem. You can even run them as 2.0.
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Im sure the yamaha is nice but im just looking for something cheaper that will get the job done.
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Im sure the yamaha is nice but im just looking for something cheaper that will get the job done.


I would suggest maybe buying used or refurbished to keep it under $200.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by penngray View Post

I would suggest maybe buying used or refurbished to keep it under $200.

+1... the op can get something really decent used for 200 bucks... good avr's that are a couple years old (pio 8x, etc.) are pretty commonly available for that price... that would be the best "bang for the buck", especially when you add in the fact that they'll basically do everything you need to do (hdmi, multi-channel audio inputs, pre-outs, etc.) should you still have it (which you probably will) a few years down the road and you are setting up your first 5.1/video system...
post #11 of 16
The refurbished H/K receivers at harmanaudio.com (specials) start at about $170 and have the same 2 year warranty as new units. These are a great value, based on my experience.
post #12 of 16
whats wrong with the pioneer he picked out? Why should he get a used one over that one?
post #13 of 16
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whats wrong with the pioneer he picked out? Why should he get a used one over that one?

Its a low end receiver but its probably okay for his needs.

They idea behind used is because you can get great quality older products (1 or 2) years old that will be far superior then the Pio!

The question would then be...Would the OP recognize or care about the differences?
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by 97gp View Post

Im sure the yamaha is nice but im just looking for something cheaper that will get the job done.

The Pioneer is fine. Everything will down mix as needed to 2.0, 2.1. At that price you will get the job done nicely, and not have a lot invested if you decide to upgrade in a few years. Go for it.
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Originally Posted by chood View Post

whats wrong with the pioneer he picked out? Why should he get a used one over that one?

there is nothing "wrong" with it, per se, it's that there are other options that provide significantly more "value"...

the pio he picked out will do the job for him today, with no issues... to compare though, he could probably get a 2 year old pio elite 82txs for 200 bucks... the 82 KILLS the one he linked to... it's a better avr for his application today, and will do everything he needs to do for a long time... he could easily get 5-10 years out of it...

as far as fear of buying used... in my experience (and my experience only), if a piece of electronics has made it 2 years, it's generally good for a long time after that... if they are going to die, they generally suffer an early croakage... ymmv...
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

to compare though, he could probably get a 2 year old pio elite 82txs for 200 bucks... the 82 KILLS the one he linked to... it's a better avr for his application today, and will do everything he needs to do for a long time... he could easily get 5-10 years out of it...

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I just looked at that reciever and it is selling for 500 bucks on eBay. Needless to say a bit more than 170 shipped. I am sure buying used gets more features per dollar but when you are talking about a budget of 170 or so its kinda below the bottom that Elite level stuff ever drops to. If you could point us to the place they are available at 200 bucks please do.

The pioneer would let him get the speakers he has now work and allow him to upgrade to DD 5.1 int he future if he gets those speakers/space.
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