Originally Posted by rmd68
I see now all those parts can be found in a receiver. You said that there is a benefit to having the separate parts and that it creates separate power supplies. How is this a benefit? Also if you already have a preamp and a amp is there any need for a receiver? Sorry again if this is too basic but as the title states its a noob question.
The way power ratings are attained is different from a Receiver and an Amplifier. Put simply a reciever rated at 125 wpc will not play NEARLY as loudly or with the same "control" as a seperate amp paired with a preamp. Many believe that if you can seperate out the signals of each of those items they will be able to perform the task they are designed for MUCH better. I agree with this theory.
There is NO reason for a reciever if you have a Pre amp and power amp set up. You may need to add a "tuner" if you want to pick up radio stations, but that would be the only thing missing.
I use Rotel gear and find it to be the best bang for the buck in the seperates category, though many say the Outlaw gear is VERY GOOD! I have not listened to it personally.
As for how much you can spend and what you can get the sky is the limit! There are preamps that cost $20,000 (most of those are 2 channel, so they DON'T EVEN DO Home theater!!), there are amps that are $50,000 EACH and power only ONE speaker! You can probably get a good Outlaw or Rotel set up for 5.1 or maybe 7.1 for about $5k or even less.