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Please recommend me a AV processor/preout with at least 4 HDMI inputs

post #1 of 10
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Doesn't need to be 7.1 or 9.1 as I only plan to use a 5.1 setup.

Looking for a decent AV processor with no amp, only preamp outputs. Bonus if you can find some with XLR outputs instead of RCA.

Looking to spend under $600 but if you see something good +/- $100 please include it in this list. I'm not too picky about brands.
post #2 of 10
What you're looking for doesn't exist as far as I know. I think the cheapest pre-pro is the Marantz that lists for about $1500.
There's currently more value in buying a receiver, like a Denon or Anthem for example, and just not using the amps. That's what I did.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by saeyedoc View Post

What you're looking for doesn't exist as far as I know. I think the cheapest pre-pro is the Marantz that lists for about $1500.
There's currently more value in buying a receiver, like a Denon or Anthem for example, and just not using the amps. That's what I did.

I mainly wanted one without an amp so the unit will be smaller but I suppose we can expand this to include receivers with built in amps with preouts. Sadly I have a Denon AVR890 which is a very nice receiver but has no preouts. I don't really want to downgrade just to get preouts.

And the cheapest AV processor w/o an amp is $1500? Thats entry level? Jeez.
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And the cheapest AV processor w/o an amp is $1500? Thats entry level? Jeez.

Separates have always been more expensive, those on a budget usually don't get separate amps. Most companies charge more to take the amps out, at least Onkyo/Integra actually charge a little less.
I agree with you on the size factor, I liked the small profile of my BK pro, my new Anthem is much taller and heavier.
post #5 of 10
The Emotiva UMC-1.

Otherwise receivers with pre-outs.
post #6 of 10
If you don't mind used a member here has the NAD T175 for sale at a good price.


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/vbcla...do=ad&id=16688
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The Emotiva UMC-1.

Otherwise receivers with pre-outs.

This actually looks pretty good. I like the price too. Any options on this? Is this a good av unit?
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Steve Dodds View Post

The Emotiva UMC-1.

Otherwise receivers with pre-outs.

+1
They had issues when it first came out, but it seems those issues have long been resolved. Plus it comes with a 40% discount card for upgrading when their new one comes out. This has 2 benefits: Their $1500 processor will cost you substantially less if you decide to upgrade; OR you can sell the card (going rate ~$200) anfd that means the UMC-1 will only cost you about $300 in the end. Can't beat that with a bat!
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This actually looks pretty good. I like the price too. Any options on this? Is this a good av unit?

It had tons of bugs when it was released, and I've read conflicting reports as to whether or not those bugs have yet to sorted out.
post #10 of 10
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I think i'm just going to wait till i can catch a marantaz av7005 on ebay for $1000. I really want balanced xlrs and I'm willing to wait for a good deal.
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