Originally Posted by jpcamaro70
I have a s3400 laying around from when I had no idea that HTIB sucked. Can I somehow use this receiver as a 2.1 just for music? Just get good speakers and a powered sub? How would I do this and add a sub with no pre out? Will the front channels be enough juice?
As far as the power goes, that is unlikely to be a problem. I've read the other post and I've been providing an engineered technical rebuttal for weeks but it clearly goes over some people's heads.
Executive summary - having enough power seems to be the least of your worries.
To me the most relevant question is how will we hook up a decent subwoofer and setup a system with different speakers?
The first problem I see is the lack of a RCA jack marked "LFE" That means that hooking up a proper powered subwoofer takes some fanageling. I can tell you how if you are interested.
The only documentation I can get online is a very fragmentary "Quick setup manual" so anything much else I say would be speculation.
If there are setup menus that let you make typical adjustments for a good speaker setup, they are hidden from me. If they don't exist, you are pretty much screwed and need to move on.