Originally Posted by the_secured
I just bought 4 B&O Beolab 8000 and 2 Beolab 4000 speakers to create a good home theater system. I need some help on selecting a surround processor that would work well with these speakers and built in amps. I am not going for BeoSystem 1 or 3 as they are $7,500 and I don't want to spend that type of money. Can I just buy a regular receiver and use pre-amp outs to connect to these speakers? Which ones would you recommend? Also, any recommendation on an economical stand alone pre-amp/processor - I really don't care much about video processing? As these speakers have amps built in, I am not sure I need to go for a very high quality pre-amp/processor - I just need a unit that can decode dolby, etc. signals and feed all the relevant speakers.
Any advice would be appreciated!
Any pre/pro, or any receiver with pre-amp outputs, will work just fine with these B&O speakers. The speakers accept line level inputs which is just what the pre-amp puts out. Your B&O dealer can get you the right cables. The only trick is setting up the trigger signal to turn on the amp in each speaker. If your pre/pro has a 12 volt trigger output, you can gang wire that to the signal line for each speaker so that they all turn on and off at the right time. You can also get a power-brick that provides that trigger voltage. Plug the brick into a switched outlet and again the speakers will turn on when you need them.
There is absolutely nothing unusual about these speakers that would force you to pick one pre/pro over another. Pick the pre/pro you like.
My personal preference right now is for the Anthem line. If you want video processing as well, the Anthem Statement D2 is the top of the line. I've heard the D2 hooked up to B&O 8000's and they sound very good indeed that way. The Anthem AVM-50 is a less expensive alternative. If you don't want video processing, the lower end models in the AVM line might be nice.