Originally Posted by milaz001
Do you need a multichannel receiver if you're only interested in 2-channel stereo?
That is the whole thing in a nut shell.
If your buying equipment to listen to music, and not hook the system to your TV to listen to DVD movies in surround sound, I can't see any reason to buy a multi-channel surround reciever and your basic 5.1 speaker arrangement.
The majority of the music you will be listening to would be either vinyl, store bought music CDs or home ripped MP3 CDs ... Maybe music from the radio (ie: a tuner) .... Well, in this case, I would think a 2 channel audio amp would be the best choice.
I am in this same boat ... I have a 42" plasma TV, but I don't watch that many DVD movies on it anyway (mostly just regular ol' TV), so I am very happy with a good quality 2 channel audio (HiFi) system when I want to turn that noisy TV off and listen to some nice music.
That's just me ...
BTW .. In my case, since I am now living in the Philippines, I find the best source for music is via peer sharing websites like Limewire. As long as you have a CD burner, you can download MP3 files of just about any song that has been recorded since biblical times!
Most of the stuff I listen to is 60s and 70s stuff anyway ... Again the best place to find this is someplace like Limewire ... and it's FREE